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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

 

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 […]