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What is the Duration of Continuous Improvement?

Many people wonder how long it takes to execute process improvement, a kaizen, or and continuous improvement program. That depends on your improvement objectives, where your are in the process, and what resources you have to work with. Find out what is the duration of continuous improvement programs? Continue reading What is the Duration of Continuous Improvement?

What Are the Final 3 Phases of Project Management?

The first two phases include project initiation and project planning. The final three phases of Project Management complete the Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) cycle or process approach to business process management with Project Execution, Project Monitoring & Control, and Project Review & Close. Continue reading What Are the Final 3 Phases of Project Management?

Is Your Business Organized for Process Improvement?

Have you ever wondered if your organizational structure is hurting your process improvement efforts? Well, chances are your organization chart is having a dramatic effect. It’s not so much your org chart or structure that is the problem but rather the issue is the evolutionary process that your organization has gone through to produce your chart. Continue reading Is Your Business Organized for Process Improvement?

Help Teams Manage Change with Rendered Process Maps

Process maps are tools for you in your role as data collector and analyst: your role is to craft and communicate a story for change and improvement that people understand, accept, support, and will ultimately act on. As you move from gathering data about the current process to improving it, you need tools to help communicate your improvement plan and train participants on the new process, such as rendered process maps. They illustrate your plan by showing relevant facts that substantiate your point of view. Continue reading Help Teams Manage Change with Rendered Process Maps

Why process improvement is important

Process improvement is important for change and survival. Does anybody want to change? Your corporate culture represents your readiness and willingness to change before processes can improve. How well does your organization accept new ideas for development and process improvement? How much risk can your organization handle? Why is process improvement important? Moreover, how does your leadership promote change? These simple questions provide the answers to your readiness and willingness for real change management to occur.Your survival may depend on it. Continue reading Why process improvement is important

How to Use Cause-Effect Diagrams to Solve Problems

A simple tool that can be used to improve the performance of business processes–Cause-Effect Diagrams. In improving any process, there are problems to be overcome. Most of these problems come to our attention due to their symptoms and effects. In order to solve these problems, we must find the root cause of each problem and eliminate that cause. Continue reading How to Use Cause-Effect Diagrams to Solve Problems

What is Lean Process Improvement?

Six Sigma has applications in high technology, high transaction, or expensive error environments. But what if you are in a mature industry, a service business, or an organization that handles few transactions? Perhaps Lean Thinking (waste reduction) or the Theory of Constraints (throughput improvement) would work better. So what is lean process improvement? Continue reading What is Lean Process Improvement?

What are the Similarities and Differences between Lean and Six Sigma?

There are a lot of different process improvement programs on the market today and everyone has their favorite. I am sure you recognize a few of these programs. Have you ever wondered what the difference is between each of these? There are many consultants in the market that are advocating the use of one of these improvement methods to solve all of your organizational problems. But will all of these work in any situation? Or, are there specific situations that are better suited for a particular approach? Continue reading What are the Similarities and Differences between Lean and Six Sigma?