“Shelley Sweet was recommended to me at a time when I was seeking professional assistance to lead the District in the development of a strategic plan. It was a fortunate meeting – with Shelley’s experience and guidance we were able to assemble a broad range of community members to form a design team. The team participated in a series of activities to assess, discuss, and develop the outcomes to create the classroom of the future. Under Shelley’s leadership, the design team was able to propose to the Board of Education, seven completed “initiatives” that would provide the course of action to realize the District’s vision.”

John Deasy
Superintendent of Schools (former)
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District

 

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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