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How hard do you push your business processes?

Out of ten, how hard do you currently push your business processes? Are they well developed and delivering the results you need, or are they just a feature of your business?

I thought I’d ask you this question to challenge you, to see if you are getting the most out of your processes. Properly developed processes can make the difference between poor performance and amazing performance. My clients have seen 500% increases in productivity, 80% reductions in lead times and tripling of sales with no extra employees through maximising the management of their business processes. It really is worth investing some of your time and effort to look into this topic.

So, let me help you out with the scoring for this by sharing with you some of the things I look for. This is part of the ‘what does good look like?’ question that can really help you and your management team to focus on driving the right change through your business.

Good to me includes:

•Having clearly defined processes, with clear o…

Free Business Improvement Guide

I have just re-published my guide:
7 Ideas to Gain Control and Improve Profit for Your Business You can download your copy by visiting: https://mailchi.mp/smartspeed/7-ideas-to-gain-control-and-improve-profit-for-your-business

If you are looking for simple but effective methods to drive up your business' productivity, performance and profits then this is a great resource to push you in the right direction.

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Enjoy,

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.

A Continuous Improvement Strategy Makes All the Difference

I see two different types of businesses that engage with Continuous Improvement. Those that focus on problems only.Those that have an ability to move towards excellence. The challenge that I see, for those organisations that want to move from category 1 to category 2, is depicted in the diagram below:

Being able to know what to do once you get past your immediate problems makes a huge difference to the overall effectiveness of your continuous improvement efforts and your eventual business performance. This kind of shift requires you to develop a continuous improvement strategy for your business that is based on more than just fixing today's problems.
Here are some quick ideas for you: You could take generic challenges and decide to undertake root cause problem solving on them and not stop with your improvement projects until the challenge has gone.Use your existing business metrics as a springboard for continuous improvement projects and use them as a stimulus for improvement ideas…

Keep Your Team Actions Visible – If You Want Results!

Let’s be realistic, days very rarely run smoothly. Most teams have bumps in their day to day working, which need to be resolved. This is normal, but the effectiveness of a team’s ability to deal with this massively impacts the overall performance of the function they are responsible for. Making the issues (and corresponding actions) visible and ‘in your face’ is a big part of this effectiveness.


When the actions are visible they don’t get lost. They are constantly in your line of sight and the actions required to close out the issues have a higher chance of being completed if they are in the front of your mind. Out of sight, out of mind is certainly true in this case (and strategy doesn’t often get results).

If the actions are visible there is a great chance that they will get worked on during the course of the day and not five minutes before the next meeting (in a state of panic). Many people are bad at taking notes and capturing actions, so this strategy helps them out. Actually, it…

Achieving On Time Delivery - Without the Blood, Sweat and Tears

Earlier today I was in a conversation with a Procurement Manager for a very busy national business. We were discussing the triggers that were missing within their business for identifying and communicating the long lead-time items on projects. You'll know the sort of things that I mean, the items that you can't pick up next day and typically cannot be replaced with a similar item.

The manager was half complaining, half justifying the actions of the business. Whilst it is true that the world hasn't stopped to date because of this linkage being missed out in the business it is also true that they only achieve their mediocre on time delivery results through blood, sweat and tears.

This is also the case for many businesses, and it can be different by changing just a couple of minor things within a business. Let me give you a few examples.

Fixing the parameters of a capacity planning tool and enforcing the output of the capacity plan allowed one business to improve their on time…