Lessons on Failing Fast from Outside the Corporate Bubble

The benefits of “failing fast” have been well documented and embraced in startup circles. Yet in IT, project cancellations are rare. Organizations exert tremendous energy on making the best of IT initiatives that are bound to fail. When failure is not an option, failing fast is a foreign concept.

There are many factors contributing to the fear of failure in IT: culture, governance, strategic alignment, budgeting practices, contract structures, and more. That said, IT leaders need to learn from others.

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Exploring the Benefits of the I.D.E.A. Continuous Process Improvement Model

Value creation is the main goal of any business. Managers should make decisions in order to maximize the value of their company, using minimal resources.

Many organizations utilize Lean management strategies to prioritize customer interests and enable workers to improve processes. Instead of the optimization of separate processes, Lean thinking focuses on processes alignment and continuous improvement.

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PDCA to Jump Start Process Improvement Initiatives

Deploying “Plan-Do-Check-Act” to Jump-Start Your Process Improvement Initiatives

When you think of Lean Six Sigma, what is the first thing that comes to mind? For most people, it is associated with manufacturing organizations. This was true in the past, but today organizations outside of manufacturing have adopted the Lean Six Sigma framework for continuous improvement. These organizations can be found in a diverse set of industries, including services, financial, healthcare and nonprofit.

Just about any organization that has processes can put Lean Six Sigma to work. You might ask, doesn’t every organization have processes? The answer is YES, and more importantly, every process has some form of waste.

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PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act)

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There are many models of quality improvement used today, from Total Quality Management to Continuous Quality Improvement to Lean Six Sigma. (Each business management consultant has their favorite…) But there’s one trial and error approach to quality improvement that could benefit every management team.

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