A lot of companies are implementing a lean daily management system to develop a lean competitive advantage, but then question if what they are doing is really lean. Some people think applying lean is like applying six sigma. But, Lean is not like six sigma. So how do you know when you have gotten lean? In other words, what are examples of a lean company? Here are ten simple ways to tell how lean you really are. Continue reading What are Examples of a Lean Company?
While many businesses have shifted their store from a physical one to online in hopes of grabbing a large audience’s attention, in any organization there exists a common set of core business processes that must exist for the organization to function properly. Small organizations start with a small set of five Core Business Processes, that are the critical business processes to every business, and then grow from there. Continue reading What Are the Top Ten Core Business Processes?
It’s no secret that brick-and-mortar retailers have been suffering in the past few years due to majority of consumers transitioning to online shopping. Ecommerce is different from traditional retailing. In order to survive as a retailer, it’s important to invest in the right assets that can help fuel your business’ growth. What are the advantages and disadvantages of mystery shopping? Continue reading What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Mystery Shopping?
Revenue management helps increase revenue when the demand for products in high-priced markets are higher than the supply. This means that when a customer comes into a store and sees a product that they want, but is priced too high for their budget, they may be willing to pay more if the store uses revenue management techniques. What are the benefits of revenue management? Continue reading What are the Benefits of Revenue Management?
Your main goal as a call center employer should be to make the work lives of your call center employees as positive and uplifting as possible. After all, we spend the majority of our waking hours at work. If we’re not happy at work, that spills over into our regular lives, but can also have a serious impact on productivity. How do you effectively manage a call center? Continue reading How Do You Effectively Manage a Call Center?
Lean is a journey. If you’re like most companies, your lean journey starts in manufacturing with something simple like a 5-S program and then moves on to more difficult lean tools like analyzing your value streams and then eventually reorganizing your whole supply chain. This is all great stuff but when are you done? What comes after lean manufacturing?
What good is a business process that is unable to deliver the planned result? The PDCA process approach is used for business process planning, Business Process Management (BPM), and for business process auditing as well. A process audit is focused on determining process effectiveness and the ability to achieve planned results. What questions are used for a process audit? Continue reading What Questions Are Used for a Process Audit?
There are many reasons why process and procedures become too complex. Many revolve around “too much”, “too many”, or “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” Reducing the complexity of process and procedure is simple. How do you simplify complex processes and procedures? Continue reading How Do You Simplify Complex Processes and Procedures?
There are many ways to build a competitive advantage, but using Lean will get to the core of your business and its ability to generate cash efficiently. Lean thinking is not a set of tools, a set of procedures to follow, or a series of logical steps. Lean is a thought process, a culture, and belief system. So the most important thing is how to change the thinking in your organization so that lean happens. This article is about how to create a lean competitive advantage.
Business process management (BPM) uses the process approach to achieve planned results, objectives, and your strategic vision. If you manage what you measure, then the process approach to business process management is the method used to determine what to measure, monitor, and take action on as you define your business processes. What is the process approach to business process management? Continue reading What Is the Process Approach to Business Process Management?