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Do you have a list of improvements?

It's a fascinating time of year, from a continuous improvement perspective.

Ideas on how we want to change our business often flood through our minds at this time of year.

Has this happened to you during the last few weeks?

If it has - what have you done with the ideas?

Have you put them into a list and prioritised them?

If you haven't please do so, I would hate for you to lose the ideas.

As much as I love technology and the efficiency that it can bring I still love the simplicity and effectiveness of having a list. A visible list. A prioritised list.

...and yes, a list can be on a tablet computer!!!

As long as the list helps you to focus your efforts and resources into the key improvements that will make a difference to your business.

As long as the list will help you to communicate more effectively with your team and to help you see the improvements through so that you can realise the benefits.

Reviewing this list is important; as soon as you achieve one improvement you can re-evaluate the priorities and get started on the next most important project.

So, is your list:

  • Complete?
  • Up to date?
  • Prioritised?
  • Visible?
  • Actively used to discuss change projects with your team?

If it isn't, today is (always) the right time to update it.

Enjoy working with your list,


About the author
Giles Johnston is a Chartered Engineer who specialises in helping businesses to grow and improve through better business processes.
Giles is also the author of Business Process Re-Engineering and creator of the 'Making It Happen' continuous improvement course.

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