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Why is Process Mapping an Important Tool for Improving Processes?

Did you know that it is a “best practice” to create a process map for every procedure or system of procedures that you develop or improve? And did you know that, like a table of contents, process mapping will create stronger communication and better understanding in your organization? Why is process mapping an important tool for improving processes? Continue reading Why is Process Mapping an Important Tool for Improving Processes?

What are the Factors to Consider When Improving Business Processes?

Taking a look at — and improving — your business processes can be daunting. It’s complicated to harness the massive amounts of data constantly collected from customers, clients, and colleagues to see if your processes are working. What are the factors to consider when improving business processes? Continue reading What are the Factors to Consider When Improving Business Processes?

Are You Solving Problems or Improving the Process?

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?

How are Financial Controls Implemented?

Financial controls are documented in your finance processes, policies, and procedures manual template. SOX, in general, has generated a lot of discussion about internal controls even requiring financial policies and procedures. How are financial controls implemented?

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What Is Lean Waste?

Are you working harder these days or working smarter, and how do you know the difference? Many of the reasons we end up working so hard — and not so smart — have to do with our failure to recognize the obstacles that get in our way and waste our precious time. We may just have the wrong paradigm. The focus in a lean thinking paradigm is to eliminate the obstacles, lean waste, or muda (the Japanese word for “waste”). So, what is lean waste? Continue reading What Is Lean Waste?

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?