Are you solving problems or improving the process? In other words, if you find a problem in a process and implement change to fix it, then did you improve the process? Well, maybe… Sure, solving problems may be an important thing to do, but it is not the same as improving processes. Continue reading Are You Solving Problems or Improving the Process?
In today’s competitive world of business, it’s vital for companies to find ways to catch up with their bigger competitors. Outsourcing is one of those ways that can help reduce the cost of expansion! The way that has the potential of not only reducing cost in wages paid, but also allowing the companies to focus on the activities that are critical to growing their brand, plus gain faster and better services. Why is outsourcing good for a business?
As people age, their bodies are less able to compensate for the effects of environmental hazards. Air pollution can aggravate heart disease and stroke, lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma, and diabetes. This leads to increased medication use, more visits to health care providers, admissions to emergency rooms and hospitals, and even death. No matter the age, these lessons will help you or your loved ones. Continue reading Does Poor Air Quality Affect Asthma?
We talk a lot about minimizing waste, improving processes, and implementing best practices. Lean and five-S are common words in our collective vocabulary. What is an Example of Process Improvement in the Home? Continue reading What is an Example of Process Improvement in the Home?
If your business starts to improve too fast, you will have no choice but to lay people off. What is the Iron Law of Layoffs? Continue reading What Is the Iron Law of Layoffs?
Where does business success come from? Are great quarterbacks born as great football players or did they have to learn how to play football? Great players practice all week for the game on Sunday. But what do they practice? They are already great. They practices plays — football procedures. Continue reading Is Business Success a Random Event or a Learned Behavior?
How do you know where to begin? How can you identify a gap in one of your company’s core processes? The answer: Follow the Money Trail! But how do you follow the money trail, and what will that mean for your business? To answer this, let’s look at five steps to identify your core processes and any needs for change. Continue reading How to Identify and Improve Your Core Processes
The first pass assessment is used to understand your metrics, flows, and constraints to flow. In the second pass assessment, we perform a more detailed analysis and produce the data for a Value Stream Map. Next, we build the analysis documents we use to communicate the issues to others. Then we need to put it all together to select improvement opportunities. Continue reading How to Find Improvement Opportunities
In order to gain an advantage you need a competitive supply chain. Focusing too much on your own company leads to sub-optimization, which can hurt your teammates on your supply chain team and reduce your competitive advantages in the market. Continue reading How to Gain Competitive Advantage with Supply Chains