“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” ~Charles Darwin
Continuous Improvement (Study Results)Learning Transformation is the last link in the holistic and integrated approach of establishing, monitoring and sharing the enterprise vision for Growth, Performance and Savings. The establishment of effective refinement process is based on the results of a strategy and learning. Where strengths can be enhanced, weaknesses eliminated or mitigated, and how that unfiltered information shared with top management can add clarity to the vision and strategy.
JBS provides a framework to identify, analyze and take actions that will recognize areas of improvement and refinement. In this example, performance areas that were monitored provided data and insight as to where a problem could exist, internally and externally. The Production organization received the benefit of the analysis and changed processes that were creating defects and rework that added cost. Finally, financial impact from an increase in assets and a decrease in operating expenses improved the Return on Capital. This is perfect example of promoting Growth, increasing Performance and identifying Savings.
Plan, a way to effect improvement is developed. Do, the plan is carried out, preferably on a small scale. Study, a study takes place between what was predicted and what was observed in the previous step. Act, action is taken on the causal System to effect the desired change.
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Learning Transformation services acknowledges those formative elements and integrates them, based on these criteria:
- Strategies are catalysts for process generation and integration. Transfer ideas and knowledge developed in one project to other sections of the organization.
- Strategies focus interest, activities and resources on opportunities, issues or adaptation to the changing environment. Transfer the methods and solutions developed for one product or process to other similar products or processes.
- Strategic ideas and concepts are generated throughout your concern. Learn how recognize them to effectively utilize their benefits. Immerse you Project Management team in all Lessons Learned and harvest your experience.
- Strategy definition, development and implementation are integrated, sequential stages in Transformation Refinement.
- Strategies evolve incrementally and need refinement to transform over time. Leverage a collaborative approach. Your transformation team effort and cross functional teams will evolve and become more effective through "cross-pollination".
- Strategies can and should be discontinued when markets are no longer attractive, risks no longer exist or have been mitigated or opportunities cannot be exploited.
Quality of output is directly dependent upon the commitment of top management and the clear understanding of everyone in the organization. It is a commitment of Business and IT resources that create a holistic Quality program that is successful. Quality is a paradigm of goals and controls. In many organizations, Quality is not a goal; hence, the appearance of lack of discipline reflects their conceptual misunderstanding. Implementation of Quality in strategies, identifying KPIs for Quality objectives, measuring Quality control within products, services and processes that are properly managed, only then creates the environment for Total Quality Management.
Success is a focused result. It is usually more cost effective to bring in expertise with hands-on experience to help guide you through the details. We have the tools, methodology and talent to help you transform and align with your vision. We can stop all of your problems, provided we can measure, quantify and identify those events for refinement and improvement. And we can resolve and monitor those solutions by implementing controls for their continuous improvement. Let us show you how we apply best-in-class methodology to provide solutions to transform change into benefits.
In Continuous Improvement, anomalies are identified, investigated and pragmatic solutions are recommended. This facilitated by using Deming's Cycle. JBS services focus on "lessons learned", evaluation and providing your company with a "refinement engine" to identify problems, remediate their impact, ascertain an ongoing solution and provide a feedback loop to refining your strategic planning process. Communication and sharing of critical findings add value to the refinement and transformation of the strategy. As Norton and Kaplan suggests; "An effective strategic learning process has three essential ingredients:
- a shared strategic framework that communicates the strategy and allows each participant to see how his or her activities contribute to achievement of the overall strategy;
- a feedback process that collects performance data about the strategy and allows the hypotheses about interrelationships among strategic objectives and initiatives to be tested; and
- a team problem-solving process that analyzes and learns from the performance data and then adapts the strategy to emerging conditions and issues."
- Source: The Balanced Scorecard: Translating Strategy into Action; Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton
Continuous Improvement Process (CIP, or CI) is an ongoing effort to improve products, services or processes. These efforts can seek "incremental" improvement over time or "breakthrough" improvement all at once. Delivery (customer valued) processes are constantly evaluated and improved in the light of their efficiency, effectiveness and flexibility.
Some see it as a meta-process for most management systems (Business Process Management, Quality Management, Project Management). Deming saw it as part of the 'system' whereby feedback from the process and customer were evaluated against organizational goals. The fact that it can be called a management process does not mean that it needs to be executed by 'management' merely that it makes decisions about the implementation of the delivery process and the design of the delivery process itself.
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In “Any Questions?!” (ISBN 1461072824), his research suggests that company Owners and Executives are constantly searching for better ways to do business. He feels that while many are considering Sustainability projects individually, few are looking to combine Sustainability with the Lean Six Sigma. It is a primer and a model to implement a pragmatic approach to Business Transformation that maximizes benefits while mitigating organizational turmoil and confusion.
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