Best Practices for Ensuring Success of Your Lean Implementation

Following best practices for Lean Implementations will provide the greatest chance of success. But what are the best practices and the lessons learned from thousands and thousands of projects? There are many, but several core principals can be applied to your business. Seek Out Waste Reduction Classic LEAN teachings refer to seven different types of…

Seven Key Phases of Software Selection

Selecting the right software for your business can be one of the most important decisions you make over the next several years. Regardless of the size of your business, you need the appropriate software tools to run your sales and operations in the most effective fashion. A well thought-out plan will focus your software decisions…

Business Process Assessments – The Hidden Secret to Software Selection Success

Often times, software selection is viewed as a prime responsibility of the CIO / IT organization. But the real secret to Software Selection success must involve the whole organization to fully document current processes, identify improvement opportunities and capture requirements for your software decision. The best way to lay the groundwork for selecting the right…

Global Logistics – The Journey to Success

“Life Is a Journey, Not a Destination” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Does your logistics plans seem to be in the mode of constant recalculating? If your efforts are frustrating and remind you of how your GPS constantly recalculates when you are driving and miss the recommended turns, you are not alone. The first thing to recognize…

Data Management and Governance – Issues and Opportunities

Data management and data governance impact our lives in a variety of ways. We must be concerned with how we store and process our data and be vigilant about how our data is used to support our business objectives. Data Issues – What is the impact of Poor Data Quality? You spend a lot of…

Avoid Project Management Pitfalls: 6 Best Practices for Best Teamwork, Tracking and Accountability

Best practices for Project Management involve developing the best team and keeping everyone involved in a positive and effective fashion. Here are some questions and lessons learned to keep in mind as you manage your critical projects: 1. Set the tone to answer: “Why are we here?” Start with getting the team on the same…

Your Customers Benefit From Your LEAN Transformation: How to execute a LEAN project, from mapping current/future state processes and defining deliverables

In an earlier post, Roadmap to Successful LEAN Implementations, we discussed the identification, communication, involvement and buy-in of LEAN transformations. Once these preliminary steps have been taken, it’s time to start executing your project! Define measurable outcomes and key roles Like any well-run project, it is important to define expectations at the outset:  How will…

Stay Competitive Through Project Management: Impact, Results and Key Performance Indicators

A 2009 survey of senior executives and project managers worldwide found that “80% of survey respondents believe that having project management as a core competency has helped their company to remain competitive during the current economic turndown.”1 Eighty percent. That’s a lot. Impact: Solidify project confidence The project manager’s responsibilities include building a project plan…

Roadmap to Successful LEAN Implementations: Starting the journey to improve your organization and benefit your customers

Much has been said and written about the benefits of LEAN, both for manufacturing organizations and office environments. While cutting out waste in your organization and saving money, you also can improve the way you serve your customers. It’s a “twofer” that starts many companies on a journey to increased revenues. However, for those who…

Global Logistics Optimization

Overview – Why is it important? There is a world of opportunity waiting for you that will significantly improve your operations management and business results. Ask yourself: Have your logistics costs been rising as a percentage of your cost-of-goods sold (COGS)? Are you getting the right products to your distribution centers on time and in…