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“In class when I mapped the freight process, I discovered that the operational process was not the main issue; instead we had some key decisions at the strategic level to consider. Back at work, I have already shared the maps I developed with others and I am developing some dashboards to collect data to focus our improvement efforts. Shelley asked some insightful questions that influenced my thinking and put me in a stronger position to demonstrate what needed to be done.”

Theresa Quinn Accurso
Director of Finance
Shure Inc.

 

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 1

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BPM.com found that 54% of process improvement projects fail for theses top three reasons:

 

 

Scope creep Resistance by the end users and key stakeholders Lack of executive sponsorship

My experience certainly confirms these three big challenges in a process improvement project.

So an organization has to set the up the process improvement project […]

5 Early Warning Signals for a BPI Project and What to Do About Them - Part 2

Can you recognize the early warning signals that derail a business process improvement project? Part 1 of this blog identified five early warning signals and suggested what action you should take to cure the ill for the first one–poor process selection. Part 2 continues with how to put the process back on track (or halt […]

BPM Tips for the Virtual Team Facilitator - Part 2

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As promised for Part 2, here are some tips for specific BPM methodology activities when the venue is virtual:

Prepare an agenda and send it out ahead of time. Think about what the outcomes are, what agenda items you need, what methods you will use to engage participants and accomplish the agenda items, and […]

Is a BPM Facilitator Needed? - Part 1

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For sure. For without a Facilitator for a business process improvement (BPI) project, the project is likely to

Take considerably longer Not stay focused on the goal and instead go off on tangents Be controlled by the project manager Miss input from key stakeholders And more

Yes, a Facilitator is needed for a BPM improvement […]