Kaizen, Lean and Six Sigma. All three are business improvement methodologies and all three owe their origins to improvement initiatives in the Japanese and American manufacturing industries of the 20th Century. However, although all three have similarities, each should be understood before any are applied.
If you want to make process maps that are actually useful, then you'll need to know how to capture your business processes accurately, and visualise that information correctly using a process map that is easy to understand and apply to your business. This is why I created a downloadable process mapping checklist - so you can check off the appropriate steps as you go and come out at the other end with an effective, accurate process map.
The importance of process mapping symbols can be difficult to comprehend when you're new to process mapping, but the impact of understanding a process map and the symbols used to assign value in each process step can completely change the way your organisation looks at business improvement.
Topics: Process Mapping
If you are looking to implement a continual improvement initiative, it is essential to understand what an 'As Is To Be' is and how it is crucial to successful process improvement. Put simply, if you want to improve a business process, you first have to know its current state (as is) and then you need to model the improved future state (to be). This is crucial to continual improvement because...
Getting the implementation of an ERP system right is a complex project. Process Mapping is often used to help streamline this development and to ensure that the resulting Enterprise Resource Planning system supports the business, rather than the other way round.
Successful process improvement examples are often hard to come by. Tangible information about real-life savings remains difficult to access. Many businesses refrain from sharing their Process Management results, leading to a lack of transparency in terms of monetary savings within the continual improvement market.
In the past decade, business process improvement technology has developed rapidly. In the face of such rapid expansion, Business Process Management software systems have had to grow and improve by offering cloud BPM services. Many organisations however, are not aware of the improvement opportunities of cloud-based BPM systems.
Topics: Process Improvement
You may already be aware of the 7 forms of waste in the manufacturing industry, first defined by Toyota; but what about other industries where specific types of manufacturing waste isn't relevant? In this article, I explore the 7 wastes of service and how you can identify them to improve business efficiency.
Topics: Process Improvement
When looking at purchasing a BPM System, it can be hard to justify the investment when you aren't sure of the real potential benefits of Business Process Management software. Recently, the New Charter Group (one of Triaster's customers) provided us with their thorough cost savings analysis - which is why we are now able to show you what a potential organisational cost saving could look like and demonstrate why Business Process management is important.