On the Hunt for Best Practices? Proceed with Caution

Organizations generally strive for optimization of internal processes and for the most efficient use of resources, since some methods are better than others. The most effective way to solve a specific problem is commonly referred to as a “best practice,” yet the term is often misused and misunderstood. Management consultants are often referred to as… Read more

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… Read more

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.

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… Read more

PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act)

Tweet: A Primer on #PDCA: the simple but effective approach to solving problems & managing changes. #ITManagement http://ctt.ec/B9nEc+ 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… Read more