Monday, 30 April 2018

There might be several improvement options you have missed…

I was in a meeting today where the topic of options came up for a restructure of a business unit. These sorts of topics dont normally come my way, but the nature of the conversation was the bit that piqued my interest. It was clear that there was already an option on the table, and because of this option every other alternative was being ignored. In many cases, the other options usually contain good, or better, results than the one being discussed. Getting stuck with the first option that comes your way is not often a great strategy.

Being stuck with just one option can limit the results that can be obtained. What if the ideas of the rest of the team members could be mixed up to produce new ideas? It is often the partial ideas of others that can allow a new and improved solution to be stitched together. I recall working with a group of apprentices and their half-baked solutions (as their former manager called them) were able to be linked and this resulted in a quadrupling of productivity. Allow ideas to naturally form and grow.

The time required to generate additional options, or a feeling of a lack of creativity can put people off. If you have read my book Continuous Improvement youll know that time is not a genuine obstacle and that creativity isnt reserved only for the special few. Even five minutes with a pen and paper can yield a whole range of options to consider.

future state mappingThe act of decision making is another reason that people give for sticking with the most obvious (or, first) option that is put forward. There are many ways to evaluate options, to ensure that you get the best result for your business. If you are short of a method then sign up for my free email course and you can learn about the BCS scoring approach.

Generating at least a handful of options can help you to maximise the results you achieve from the change you want to undertake. Engaging your team, becoming efficient at generating options and having a simple method for evaluating them is not outside the grasp of most of us. Take this opportunity to reflect on what you do in your business and see if you can come up with a more effective process for your business when it comes to identifying optimal options for change.

If you want a step by step guide to generating optimal solutions then download a copy of my book Optimised Future State today. It is available on Kindle, iTunes and in paperback.


Have fun exploring,


Giles


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 toolkit.


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Saturday, 21 April 2018

New material added to the Making It Happen programme


continual improvement programme - free content

Nine new modules have been added to the Making It Happen programme, my online course sharing straightforward and effective continual improvement strategies and approaches.

The really good news is that have all been added to the free month section of the programme!

(You can find out more about the Making It Happen programme at http://www.making-it-happen.website/)

This means that the free month of the programme now includes:

On day one you get access to the Productivity Boost modules:

The End of a Process
A quick review of your main business processes’ effectiveness by focusing on the last step in the process.

Hour of Pain
An effective strategy to buy some time to help you with your improvements.

Measuring Your Productivity
If you don’t know where you are now, how will you know when your projects have made a proper contribution to your business?

Personal Losses
If you don’t know where your time gets sucked away to you will be less effective in making change happen.

Process Driven Meetings
Change your focus on your business meetings and improve the results that they produce.

The Project ‘Cupboard’ Method
A powerful strategy to get your projects off the ground and delivering results.

Rolling Planning Horizons
Add some structure and schedule to when you will deliver your projects and phase the activity correctly.

Using Takt Time to Focus Your Improvements
Calculate just how much of an improvement you need to make within your business and improve the success of your process re-engineering projects.

Tying Up Loose Ends
Spring clean your business life and create some head-space to tackle your improvement challenges.

Then, as part of the scheduled programme you will get access to:
  1. The CARL Tool
A simple method to give you an instant boost in your own effectiveness at making change happen.

  1. Using CCC to increase engagement
A quick tool to help you get your team on board with the improvement process.

  1. Creating effective action plans
A step-by-step method to help you create effective improvement action plans, every time.

  1. Prioritising improvement opportunities
A robust approach to help you select the optimum sequence of improvement activities for your business.
After this the $10 / month fee starts, allowing you to access the remaining 26 lessons, the sprint projects and the coaching emails.

If you want to access the free month, sign up here:
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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 toolkit.


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