Any improvement initiative that requires many months or years of time, resources, and investment before there is a significant ROI has a very high probability of becoming a failed initiative. This is true for a Lean Six Sigma deployment, a major IT implementation, a supply chain simplification effort, new product development process reinvention, or any larger scale business model or technology architecture improvement initiative. If an organization thinks and casually manages their implementation in terms of years, their initiatives usually deliver far below expectations or fail outright. [Read more…] about How to Achieve Breakthrough Improvement in 90 Days or Less
It’s often painful for executives to come to the realization that what they have been doing with improvement isn’t working anymore. The entire organization shares this pain. Customers, suppliers, and other stakeholders share this pain. The pain increases the longer executives and their organizations remain in this situation. Staying the same course allows all of the operational detractors and their associated bliss points to multiply and destroy a strategic improvement initiative.
What is a “bliss point?” [Read more…] about Improve How You Improve: Eliminate Bliss Points
Lean, six sigma, lean six sigma, and continuous improvement in general has become a commoditized activity in almost all organizations. We are reaching a point where the question of which organizations do and do not have continuous improvement initiatives underway is no longer important (except if your organization is in the do-not category). [Read more…] about Tell-tale Signs of a Failing Improvement Initiative