“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

 

Case Study

Process Improvement and Lean Office Case Study

Case Study: When it’s Time to Scale to Meet Market Demand

Industry: Software Development

The Situation
A rapidly expanding software development company was successful with application development for each customer, but wanted to build standard applications that could serve as a framework for many custom applications. But releases of standard applications continuously missed deadlines, didn’t meet quality expectations and had poor resources estimates. They needed to revamp their process in order to get faster turnaround, higher quality, and lower costs.

Ideas, Involvement, Implementation and Impact
I helped them redesign their process in less than a week! After defining clear objectives with the Vice President of Software Development and Delivery and designating the process boundaries, I worked with a cross functional team of 14 people including marketing, business analysts, developers, and operations from different areas of the US and Europe. We developed a new 4 stage process which

Established go-no go points with executive approval

Utilized a rapid prototyping method to provide early feedback and intelligent requirements scoping

Built a global process which was implement immediately into current projects

Now product releases now happen three times as fast with higher quality at lower cost.

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