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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 […]

How Do You Overcome These Barriers to BPM Success?

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Lots of barriers get in the way of taking the time to analyze how we do work, making recommendations, implementing, and making the improvements stick over time. In a research paper we did, we developed three stages for successful process improvement and common barriers at each stage. (See article for more information on the research […]

Introduce Yourself for Success as the BPM Facilitator

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Dear i4Process:

We have been doing process improvement in our healthcare organization for several years. I would like to know, “How does a BPM Facilitator successfully position him/herself when working with a team for the first time?”

Dear Potential BPM Facilitator,

Let me begin by giving a definition of a BPM Facilitator to clarify what […]

How Do You Build an Improvement Culture?

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This is such a simple but such a critical question. And it has several critical elements:

Building – meaning this is going to take some time and it will start at one level and grow to another level

Improvement – in other words we want to have an organization that wants […]

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, […]