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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
It seems like a simple question: How do we get to best practices faster? Bizmanualz offers a wide variety of products and services that can help you achieve this goal. Continue reading How to Get to Best Practices Faster?
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
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