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“I had a programming background and needed to see the bigger picture in the health care organization where I was working. Shelley's teaching was very good, she was approachable, and had a wealth of stories that I could benefit from.

I got really pumped up from the class. I realized that I needed to get more information up front to build improved processes. I had a new way of identifying roadblocks in processes and had methods to redesign processes to make them more effective. I saw that I had to take responsibility for influencing improvements vs. depending on others. In just three days after I got back to the office, I identified why an installation project had been floundering for several months, took action, and moved the project along!”

Debby Bearden,
Information Technology
St. John Health System

 

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 […]

Who's on First? The Importance of Roles in Processes

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When you’re first doing a business process improvement project understanding roles in the process is critical. That’s because often employees don’t know who is responsible for a certain task in the process, or there are two people responsible for a task (so who is really responsible?), or they don’t know who to escalate a concern […]

How Do You Start Process Improvement? Case Example

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This international mid-sized company began by documenting current work processes when suppliers demanded ISO documentation to do business. ISO introduced the need for work process to the company. Then, led by the Quality Manager, the senior leaders made a company inventory, listing 80-100 core workflows (or processes) and reducing them to 30. These 30 became […]

Should the Process Office Lead a BPI Project? The Good and the Bad

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A pharmaceutical company had been operating for over 15 years, so it was not a start up, but it was still privately owned. It had grown to a middle market company with 1500 employees in the US and globally and had five successful products in the market place.

Regulation demanded that clinical trials meet […]

Half the Time Process Improvement Fails: How to Be in the Other Half: Part 3 – The BPI Team

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Ask, do we interview various stakeholders to develop the current state models? Do we seek out individual specialists to gather and analyze quantitative data? Here’s what I have found: if you want to increase your risk of failure—use individuals instead of a BPI team. A core team that is ongoing for the charter, modeling, analysis, […]