Now Available: The Bridging the Gap Toolkit

The Bridging the Gap Toolkit provides an actionable approach to leading and applying technology against core business issues of the organization. Technology is not a differentiator… but how we use Technology can be. The most successful organizations use technology to differentiate. But they don’t buy technology to differentiate, they apply technology to differentiate. The secret is in the application, and …

The Power of Business Rules

I’ve been applying a keen eye to Business Rules for a long time now. I find them to be some of the most important places where otherwise intelligent-seeming organizations loose their minds and embed rules so onerous they can literally take down even the largest organizations. Let’s look at a couple of business rules that demonstrate this. 1 – A …

The BPM Toolkit Series

I recently assembled a set of BPM toolkits from all of the process improvement work I have done throughout the world. These tools are derived from my personal experience leading process improvement projects and conducting process improvement training. These toolkits focus on different aspects of process management, from identifying and eliminating causes of work to innovating for market leadership. From …

The True Cost and Time of a Process

The time and cost of a process usually defaults to analysis that stems from time study practices of the past. In the good (bad?) old days, Industrial Engineers would flock to the manufacturing floor with funky looking clipboards crowned with stop watches. They would patiently observe the activities of workers, clicking away on their stop watches, timing each activity down …

Value Creation

There are many measures we can use to determine a process’s value. Cost and time are quantitative (are they really? – I will discuss this in my next blog) measures frequently used. Quality can certainly be a quantitative (production defects, returns, rework) measure but with knowledge worker products traditional production measures don’t have the same meaning; for example, what are …