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GDPR Compliance: Why You Need to Get Your House in Order

Posted by Brad Fagan on 12/09/17 11:39

Are you on your way to GDPR compliance? The General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR, is a robust, 88-page regulation which is a game changer in privacy law and will almost certainly affect how organisations do business if they control the data of any EU citizen.

The new regulation was created to give consumers a greater say in how their personal data is used and bring current data protection legislation up to date. The idea is that by doing this, businesses are given a simpler, clearer legal environment within which to operate. The purpose of this article is to give you a GDPR summary and help you get GDPR compliant.

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Topics: Process Improvement

The 4 Essential Pillars of Business Continual Improvement  [Infographic]

Posted by Brad Fagan on 07/09/17 14:17

Everyone wants to meet KPIs, to constantly improve, but Continual Improvement in business is easier said than done. Often, if you view improvement on a graph, it will look a bit like an up and down zig zag — you will get good months and bad months.

The process approach to Continual Improvement is about modelling increases in an organisation’s process efficiency and keeping the swings down, creating more control and increasing productivity with incremental change.

It is important to keep in mind that there is always room to improve efficiency no matter how high the uptick is going.

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Topics: Process Improvement

10 Business Improvement Techniques Successful Businesses Have in Common

Posted by Brad Fagan on 31/08/17 13:04

It takes more than a superstar business improvement professional, the world's best process improvement methodology or even the world's most user friendly Business Management System to create real, lasting business improvement.

There is no one thought, technique or methodology that will improve your business but there are certain business improvement techniques that when harnessed together and implemented correctly, will ensure business success.

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Topics: Process Improvement

The 7 Wastes Killing Efficiency: How to Identify Your Wasteful Processes

Posted by Michael Cousins on 22/08/17 11:34
The most important place to start with the question of how to identify, capture and cut the 7 wastes that kill business efficiency is to clearly differentiate Activities from Deliverable s in the processes that your organisation performs.

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Topics: Process Improvement

The Problem With Six Sigma: Not Accounting for Variability

Posted by Terry Giles [Guest Post] on 10/08/17 10:55

A lot of good articles have been written promoting the Six Sigma process improvement methodology.The premise behind Six Sigma is that you can reduce the variability in your processes and get a much more consistent output, thus reducing costs. This is a very laudable objective. However, it does in my opinion contain one major flaw when looking at process improvement.

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Topics: Process Improvement

Risky Business: 4 Actions for a Successful Risk Management Process

Posted by Terry Giles [Guest Post] on 24/07/17 12:34

Triaster partner, Terry Giles, from Terry AG Consulting (previously Information Risk Analyst for Barclays Direct amongst others) has a great deal of experience with the risk management process and process risk analysis.

Terry has kindly decided to share his years of experience on risk management in our new blog providing us with two risk matrix examples and 4 actions to reduce risk...

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Topics: Process Improvement

The Process Library Checklist: Integrate Your Team With Your Process Software

Posted by Brad Fagan on 21/07/17 10:20

Triaster customers find our Process Library Go Live checklists very useful. They know that for their Business Management System (BMS) to deliver the most value it must have what we call the 3 'U's - being Useful, Usable and Used.

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Topics: Process Improvement, Process Mapping

Business Improvement Techniques: How to Display Waste Within a Process

Posted by Michael Cousins on 11/07/17 17:28

Understanding how to capture your wasteful business processes is one of the most useful business improvement techniques you can learn. Why is this? Because identifying bottlenecks, modelling improvement and then fixing the problem is the core of Business Process Improvement. This article is essentially a tutorial to show you how to find your wasteful processes and display them using process mapping software.

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Topics: Process Improvement

What is Business Improvement? The Evolution of Improvement Concepts

Posted by Brad Fagan on 07/07/17 12:37

If I asked you, 'what is business improvement?', you might reply with something simple like 'improving business performance'. This might include targeting ROI, cutting out business waste, or harnessing the latest tech innovations such as automation. You could throw around buzz words such as 'business transformation', 'continual improvement' or 'business intelligence' - but as business has changed, the definition of business improvement has also changed and the box of stuff you need to make those improvements happen has gotten a whole lot larger.

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Topics: Process Improvement

Process Costing: A Simple Method to Find How Much Your Processes Cost

Posted by Michael Cousins on 21/06/17 11:42

In virtually every organization one of the key aims is to save your business money through process costing and the identification of more efficient processes. Cost is one example of a quantitative metric and the advice outlined in this article applies equally to any quantitative metric, for example one could just as easily focus on amount of effort involved, numbers of people, elapsed time from start to finish, the amount of defects introduced, the amount of customer complaints received and so on...

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Topics: Increasing ROI, Process Improvement, Process Mapping