5 Steps to Determine Which Process to Automate

Deploying automation remains a priority for many businesses. A successful implementation requires tremendous effort to overhaul a ‘deficient’ business process, turning it into one that removes mundane human tasks and having an intelligent ‘machine’ perform the necessary work perfectly and quickly. Experience has informed us that the transition is ridden… [More]

Staying on Top of Operational Excellence

Operational excellence is an ongoing undertaking to optimize operations. It boosts the bottom-line of a business and accelerates the execution of everything a business needs to do in fulfilling its goals. While some businesses might not devote much energy to operational excellence until problems become chaotic, it has become a… [More]

The Check Point

Have you realized the anticipated benefits from your operational excellence improvement efforts? Whether it is a simple elimination of redundant work or an extensive overhaul of a core business process, the validation of the impacts is just as important as committing the resources to initiate the improvement in the first… [More]

Have you accounted for the productivity loss from bad meetings?

I was sitting in a meeting last week to understand the issues my client has with their legacy systems. The meeting was scheduled for one hour and over half of the time was usurped by circling questions about the various systems. It was clear that the meeting chair and the… [More]

Design for Process Exceptions

Process exceptions are productivity dampers. Some exceptions are caused by human errors such as incorrect data entry. Others are triggered by unanticipated situations such as a customer request that doesn’t fall into any predefined categories. With evolving customer needs, exceptions will arise more often. They pose as challenges to established… [More]

How to Make Change Stick

Making change stick is just as important as implementing the change itself. A recent conversation with a business owner about his process improvement effort revealed that he wasn’t able to realize the anticipated savings. A year later now, he found many changes are not reinforced and he has no way… [More]

Do You Engage the Frontline Workers in Your Operational Improvement Efforts?

Customer reps are often overlooked as a source of pragmatic ideas and customer insight for re-engineering operations. As the face of your business, frontline workers play a significant role in building solid customer relationships, which ultimately affects customer loyalty, your brand, and the growth of your business. The following examples… [More]

Do You Rely on Presumption or Logic?

Sitting in an Amsterdam cafe trying to find something other than eggs and croissants for breakfast, the traditional Dutch biscuit and butter caught my eyes. I had a good chuckle when my food came. What I got was two Dutch cookies served on a small toasted bread roll loaded with… [More]

Do You Measure Performance for Compliance or Commitment?

The monthly performance reporting and review is done in every business. Employees diligently produce the dashboard and business leaders meet on a scheduled day to discuss the results. As common as it seems, the exercise is a dreaded one in many organizations. For those who don’t appreciate the value of… [More]

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