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“The content and description of this course was very appealing because many processes in Payroll and Benefits are data and systems dependent requiring consistent application of policies and procedures. Two aspects of the course— standardization and cellular teams— were most relevant to us. We do many things in teams; but, we don’t always do them the same way. Already, we are seeing results in standardizing our work processes and reducing waste. For example, we found that some of our teams calculated the company’s pay equalization for military duty differently, using slightly different assumptions. Together, the teams looked at the different methods and rationales, found common ground and built new standard operating procedures for everyone that achieved the best results for the employee and company.”

Tim Muffly
Director, Payroll Administration
PPG

 

Rules for Redesign after Hammer

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Michael Hammer created wonderful assumption busting guidelines for redesigning processes in his book Reengineering the Corporation, like

As few people as possible should be involved in the performance of a process. (Several jobs are combined into one.) Workers make decisions. Processes have multiple versions (for different market segments).

I find that after Discovery, Modeling and […]

How do you get healthcare employees to embed continuous improvement in their everyday work life? Part 2

Guest Blog

Guest Blog

By Mary Grace Gardner, Director of Strategy and Performance Improvement in the San Francisco Bay Area.

What do the following three things have in common: dropping a ping pong ball either into a bucket that says ‘yes’ or ‘no’ at the end of day, checking whether wearing a bright yellow sash during medication […]

How do you get healthcare employees to embed continuous improvement in their everyday work life? Part 1

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Guest Blog

By Mary Grace Gardner, Director of Strategy and Performance Improvement in the San Francisco Bay Area.

What do the following three things have in common: dropping a ping pong ball either into a bucket that says ‘yes’ or ‘no’ at the end of day, checking whether wearing a bright yellow sash during medication […]

Five Pitfalls of Organizational Process Metrics

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Traditional metrics are centered on financial, operational, and employee data. The newer organizational process metrics measure how a process works from the company point of view and the customer point of view. How is the company doing at meeting a customer needs (such as accuracy, responsiveness, service, speed, completeness) and how is the process […]

A BPM Team or BPM Stakeholders?

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There are many ways to ‘do’ business process improvement projects. It’s best if the company has a methodology from BPM, Lean, Six Sigma, Reengineering or some other methodology. Here’s the one I use, starting with selecting the project and ending with monitoring and sustaining the project; ‘doing’ the process improvement project means completing the section […]