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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 Bring Innovation into the Core Business?

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Brad Power, management consultant, blogger for Harvard Business Review, and partner at FCB Partners in Boston started a LinkedIn dialog with the question, How Do You Bring Innovation into the Core Business? a few weeks ago. I was too late to join in, but I thought there were several worthwhile responses and I wanted to […]