The problem and need for savings evaluations

Financial managers are often skeptical when they hear people claim that their projects have generated, or will generate, substantial financial benefit. There is often a long legacy of projects or investments that were based on some type of ROI.

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Why results don’t always sustain

To meaningfully impact financial results, performance improvement needs to sustain. Performance improvement projects, by design, jump performance from one level to another.

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But where are the actual savings?

One of the more common complaints we hear about consultants and internal improvement projects is that the savings that are promised or reported never really hit the financial statements.

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The less obvious root problem

If you spend enough time trying to improve processes, one of the fascinating things you will observe is that sometimes the root problem has nothing to do with the process you are trying to fix.

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Managers work for employees

A number of years back it was popular for consultants (and a few executives) to draw the company organization chart upside down. The idea was that organizations needed to recognize that managers actually worked for employees, and not the other way around.

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Why “day-in-the-life” studies work

When we are trying to figure out how effective a process is or isn’t, one of the basic studies we do is to spend a day in the life of an employee at some key part of the process.

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The office can learn from the shop floor

The basic principles of management don’t change from industry to industry, or one environment to another. In many ways, the shop floor has been a leader in management practices.

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Don’t forget the actual workers

Lesson Learned #36 We were working for a company that made aircraft landing gear (actually the company legacy included making landing gear for Apollo space missions). One of our consultants was working

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What do you do with a “variance”?

Lesson Learned #35 When Six Sigma arrived on the management scene many years ago, it caused quite a lot of confusion for both us and our prospective clients. How is Carpedia different from

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