How to Build a Culture for Continuous Improvement

Successful businesses rally their employees to act in a coherent fashion. This coherence is driven by a common set of values and beliefs. Culture is the foundation for these values and beliefs. Building a culture for continuous improvement doesn’t happen overnight. It takes persistence and commitment. There are five steps… [More]

Prerequisites for Successful Process Transformation

As businesses adopt technology to transform their business models, process transformation must follow to support the new operating model. The effort to transform processes has been underestimated. There are five prerequisites for successful process transformation. Clear identification of backend support requirements With a focus on delivering improvements to the end… [More]

Listening to the Voice of Customer

I just returned from a Operational Excellence Summit in Orlando. It was an excellent conference where companies shared their learnings on their journey to operational excellence. One common critical success factor is listening to the voice of the customers. It is crucial for the following reasons. The business exists to… [More]

Process Excellence Opportunities for 2017

The dynamic marketplace promises continual pressure on businesses to stay competitive and relevant. As process excellence is key to build agility, there are many areas where businesses can focus their investment for 2017. The following is a list of 10 areas for accelerating process excellence. Process mapping and modelling To… [More]

Progression on Process Excellence

Businesses can take difference approaches to improve their operational processes. Some take a step-by-step approach. They start with automating high volume or most problematic manual processes to free up capacity. In doing so, they are able to increase speed and improve accuracy. Depending on the application or the tool they… [More]

Hidden Capacity Buried in Just-in-case Work

The cashier at a community centre closes her till at the end of each day with a printout of the total amount of money collected from patrons. She includes the summary with the money to be deposited at the bank. She archives the electronic copy of the summary and prints… [More]

5 Ineffective Practices with Rules You Want to Avoid

Running an effective operation requires rules. Businesses need to establish rules for acquisitions of materials and labour, capital requests, quality control, and other operating procedures. These rules formulate a framework that enables smooth execution. A lack of them, or failure to follow these rules, would lead to adverse effects. Here… [More]

Five Reasons Why Modernization Initiatives Deliver Lack-lustre Results

Modernization initiatives are supposed to be transformative. Expectations for return on investment are high. Despite the commitment for resources and executive support, these initiatives often deliver lack-lustre results. There are five reasons for the lack-lustre results. 1. Conservative approach Concerned about potential chaos created by sudden drastic changes, the business… [More]

A Framework for Process Management

Excelling businesses are supported by well integrated processes within and across different functional areas. In order to maintain high performing processes in a rapidly changing business environment, it is essential to have a sound process management framework. There are six elements to a process management framework. Ownership A plant foreman… [More]

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