Fueling Business Process Management with the Automation Engine that Can!

Strategy Driven

Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) meant businesses had to succumb to the high-cost, untimely, and unskilled labor in order to remain in operations. You just finished reading Fueling Business Process Management with the Automation Engine that Can! !

Deming Podcast with Scott Dalgleish, CEO at Phase IV Engineering

Deming Institute

Scott Dalgleish is the CEO at Phase IV Engineering. Scott first encountered Deming’s ideas while an engineer at Proctor & Gamble in 1986. Phase IV Engineering’s quality policy: We Care. What engineering projects do you have going on at home right now.

Impact of Process Tampering on Variation (Experiment), presented at Engineering Education Conference

Deming Institute

Guest post by Mustafa Shraim , ASQ Fellow and Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering Technology and Management, Ohio University. The aim of the experiment was to introduce the concept of tampering to engineering students at the undergraduate level.

Anyone Can Cut Costs, Look Good and Go Out of Business

Deming Institute

He removed parts of the engine, fiddled around with them, and reassembled them. When he finished, I saw some of the engine parts on the ground next to the car. However, the Deming school of thought views costs as ends, not means, as results, not causes.

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Three SEO Considerations When Choosing Your Next Hosting Company

Strategy Driven

Many business owners aren’t aware that cost and convenience aren’t the only consideration to make when opting for a new hosting company. For one thing, you could end up improving your services dramatically – and at no extra cost. Let’s start with a couple of statements about hosting.

Breaking Away: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Breaking Away: How Great Leaders Create Innovation That Drives Sustainable Growth – and Why Others Fail Jane Stevenson and Bilal Kaafarani McGraw-Hill (2011) How and why to create a “magic mix” of innovation leadership with innovation processes Year after year, annual lists of the most highly creative organizations include “the usual suspects”: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, [.].

What Engineering a Reverse Innovation Looks Like

Harvard Business Review

Procter & Gamble figured this out when they packaged the exact same shampoo sold in the West in small, low-cost, single use sachet packets. Engineers are very good at solving problems they know are problems.

Are Countries Prepared for the Increasing Threat of Engineered Bioweapons?

Harvard Business Review

Their feat heightens concerns that rogue regimes and terrorists could similarly modify or engineer pathogens and use them as weapons. The low cost and do-it-yourself accessibility of genomic technologies makes it possible for such weapons to be deployed by almost any aggressor. After an engineered agent is released, we would likely have a window of only several weeks to prevent it from causing a global catastrophe. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.

How to Reverse-Engineer Criticism

Harvard Business Review

By parallel, managers themselves might similarly benefit from "reverse-engineering" the criticism of not only outsiders but of their own colleagues: considering both parties as their benefactors on the road to greater performance. Walmart's principal problems appear to be largely reputation-related: a phenomenon that has cost the company millions in wasted PR consulting fees and possibly billions in lost, potential market capitalization over the last decade.

Will Personalized Medicine Mean Higher Costs for Consumers?

Harvard Business Review

A growing body of research says that insurers raise out-of-pocket costs in part to avoid sick enrollees. This problem is likely to get worse as personalized medicine becomes more common, more patients get to choose between competing private health plans, and employers shrink the coverage they offer employees in order to reduce their labor costs. It genetically re-engineers the patient’s own T-cells to attack the leukemic cells.) laura schneider for hbr.

The Twin Engines of All Great Companies

Harvard Business Review

In our experience, executives that think of their company as running on "Engine 1 and Engine 2" are less likely to be tripped up by these behaviors, and more likely to pursue radical solutions to break out of the trap of low-growth markets. Let's define terms: Engine 1 is the current core business, supplying 80% of profits. For most Western multi-nationals, Engine 1 is firmly rooted in the United States and Western Europe, with most of the firm's assets.

How Systems Engineering Can Help Fix Health Care

Harvard Business Review

When an aircraft manufacturer decides to create a new model, it doesn’t ask pilots and crew to identify the best cabin, wings, jet engines, and other parts, and then put all the pieces together. All of this leads to needless patient harm, low productivity, excessive costs, and clinician burnout. At Johns Hopkins, we experienced how powerful systems engineering can be when we set out to improve patient safety and quality of care in intensive care units.

Personalized Recommendation Engines Are Coming to Health Care

Harvard Business Review

The app also provides details on the care that is most suitable for that condition, along with the nearest medical providers, and detailed descriptions and cost information on recommended tests and treatments that take into account the individual’s specific insurance coverage.

The Talent Crisis in U.S. Engineering

Harvard Business Review

I joined Memorex Corporation in the early 1980s as a mechanical design engineer. For example, if engineers don't possess the know-how needed to limit the material and energy cost of setting up and operating cloud services, IT can't scale as it needs to. Layers of software distance consumers, designers, and engineers from the underlying physical infrastructure. to lower-cost geographies, but the design work continued in the U.S.

How We Reorganized Instagram’s Engineering Team While Quadrupling Its Size

Harvard Business Review

When I joined Instagram in 2015 as head of engineering, the company had been part of Facebook for three years. It had 115 engineers, but we would soon scale to 300, and later grow to over 400 in 2017. The engineering department needed better organization and management, and its employees were craving more career development. We gathered our leadership in a room and came up with 20 different outcomes — from speed to cost efficiency — and prioritized them, No.

Big-Project Engineers Have to Deal with Too Much Red Tape

Harvard Business Review

Nineteen days later, as rescue crews grew desperate, a 24-year-old field engineer named Igor Proestakis decided to travel to the site with what he hoped was a breakthrough idea: using a particular drilling technology, called cluster hammers, to cut through the collapsed rock. HBR STAFF.

Don’t Let Cost Cutting Run Amok

Harvard Business Review

I did not regret granting my employee’s request for a family-friendly schedule, but I did wish that I’d used the recouped cost to hire a temp to cover any important end-of-day calls. Many executives similarly lose sight of the fact that cost cutting can sometimes go too far, undermining the vitality of their organization. In preparation for that big payoff, one of the new owners’ first moves was to bid out all the subcontracts, such as engineering, cleaning, and security.

What SpaceX Can Teach Us About Cost Innovation

Harvard Business Review

This is the latest step in the company''s journey to dramatically reduce the cost of space travel, and follows the first private resupply of the International Space Station with the launch of their Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft last fall. Cutting costs Innovation Strategy

Excess Management Is Costing the U.S. $3 Trillion Per Year

Harvard Business Review

By our reckoning, the cost of excess bureaucracy in the U.S. Gore (a $3 billion high-tech company famous for its Gore-Tex fabrics), Svenska Handelsbanken (a Stockholm-based bank with more than 800 branches across Northern Europe and the UK), Sun Hydraulics (a class-leading manufacturer of hydraulic components), Valve (a pioneering developer of online games), and General Electric’s jet engine plant in Durham, North Carolina. Juan Díaz-Faes for HBR.

Cutting Costs Without Cutting Corners: Lessons from Banner Health

Harvard Business Review

Cost cutting is difficult in any industry, but it’s particularly challenging in healthcare, where organizations are simultaneously undergoing a major transformation to improve care and the patient experience. In a hospital setting, cost-reduction is often equated with cutting corners, and so is perceived as antithetical to care providers’ values, and typically creates high levels of employee and patient dissatisfaction. India’s Secret to Low-Cost Health Care.

Robots Seem to Be Improving Productivity, Not Costing Jobs

Harvard Business Review

Graetz and Michaels calculate, for example, that robotics have of late increased labor productivity by about 0.35% annually — or by about the same amount as did the steam engine, a classic example of a GPT, during the years 1850 to 1910.

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The High Cost of Conformity, and How to Avoid It

Harvard Business Review

When Michael Horn, head of Volkswagen Group of America, testified at a recent congressional hearing, he said that he believed only “a couple of software engineers” were responsible. ANDREW NGUYEN/HBR STAFF.

3 Entrepreneurs Who Made It Their Mission to Lower Health Care Costs

Harvard Business Review

which cries out for breakthrough healthcare delivery innovations that aim at significant cost reductions and wider coverage. costs quite dramatically over the next decade. It all starts, as the stories below show, with purpose-driven leadership: a determination to provide high-quality, ultra-affordable health care to all, regardless of ability to pay: Saving Eyesight at a Fraction of the Cost. The Stasis solution costs 15% of competitors’ prices.

Your Brand Is the Exhaust Fume of the Engine of Your Life

Harvard Business Review

Yes, it''s true that web tools can let you be known for the work you do more easily and more cost effectively, letting you own how you present yourself to the world. Your brand is the exhaust created by the engine of your life. "How do you manage your brand?"

Leadership Development on a Tight Budget

Great Leadership By Dan

Teach leaders how to write a good IDP (Individual development plan) that includes a variety of activities, not just costly training programs. Leaders (or engineers, sales reps) get together to share common problems and solutions. budget costs inexpensive leadership developmentThere was a question over on the ASTD discussion board that inspired me to write this post. Pam asked: “ I am looking for ideas to provide training with limited resources (space, money and staff)”.

Is the Cost of Innovation Falling?

Harvard Business Review

If the cost of innovation is falling, that should enable more of it from poorer countries, companies or cooperatives. Those who say the cost is dropping often point to the dramatically falling costs of computing power. Consider the recent phenomena of shoestring 3D design labs or the biofabrication labs at MIT , which are taking the plunge into synthetic biology with far fewer resources than the genetic engineers at government labs.

A Bad Reputation Costs a Company at Least 10% More Per Hire

Harvard Business Review

In 2014, women constituted only 14% of GoDaddy’s engineering interns and new graduate hires. A few years ago, domain registrar and web hosting company GoDaddy was known for its racy ads featuring NASCAR driver Danica Patrick and The Biggest Loser star Jillian Michaels.

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3 Best Ways to Create an Effective Digital Marketing Strategy in Singapore

Strategy Driven

Anytime you think about making a website, the first thing that comes to your mind is how to get to the top of search engines. Low-cost strategies. Make sure you track the search engine metrics so that you are certain that your SEO approaches are effective.

The benefits of buying traffic for your website

Strategy Driven

The traffic provider owns many domains, websites, and search engines. This is achieved through organic search on different search engines such as Google. The Google ad layout policies make this cost go even higher.

Preview Thursday: No Ego by Cy Wakeman

Lead Change Blog

The following post is a preview excerpt from the Introduction of No Ego: How Leaders Can Cut the Cost of Drama in the Workplace, End Entitlement, and Drive Big Results by Cy Wakeman. Worse, it cost the company a lot of money.

5 Ways You Can Make Your Website as Effective as Possible

Strategy Driven

Through social media, email ads and search engine optimization, businesses can now expand their outreach on a global scale for minimal cost. According to official Google statements, nearly 60% of global search engine queries now come from mobile devices.

Executive Briefing – Nuclear

Strategy Driven

Executive Briefing Cost Reduction Opportunity: Inventory Optimization. Economic demands place increasing pressure on executive and managers to reduce costs while maintaining high levels of operational safety, reliability, and efficiency. For Work Management and Supply Chain leaders, areas of potential savings lie with… Executive Briefing Cost Reduction Opportunity: Risk Assurance Maps. Industry News.

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5 Leadership Signals that Turn Culture into Advantage

Skip Prichard

Again, very costly in the long run. On one occasion, the company sent a civil engineer to the top of a 500-foot cooling tower to do a walkdown. Tim asked the engineer: “What are you looking for while you’re up there?” Make Your Culture an Asset.

Ignore Costly Market Data and Rely on Google Instead? An HBR Management Puzzle

Harvard Business Review

I really do," she said to Eugen, the Oryx's chief engineer. Still — it's nothing compared to the cost of corporate market research.". She had spent some money on an outside firm that specialized in Google-data analysis, but the cost hadn't amounted to much.

News Flash: Innovation Is No Longer Just a Specialist’s Job. Now Here’s How to Involve Your Whole Workforce Instead

Strategy Driven

But companies pursuing innovation as their core business strategy realize 50 to 100 percent higher profit margins than those who pursue low cost, high quality and fast delivery strategies, or simply doing whatever the customer says. That’s not the purpose of Innovation Engineering.

When to Break the Rules

Let's Grow Leaders

I’m sitting next to Rick, a retired railroad engineer, on a delayed Southwest flight from Tampa to Baltimore. The snow was coming down so hard you couldn’t see the sky, when the train stopped dead on the tracks—serious engine trouble.

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Servant Leadership at the Speed of Trust

Lead Change Blog

Covey: when trust goes down, processes are slower and costs go up. TRUST. MOTIVATION. COLLABORATION. Are these the types of words that come to mind when you think about your experience of leading (or being led)?

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Lead, Don’t Manage, Knowledge Workers

Great Leadership By Dan

People at all levels of a company, both degreed engineers and factory-floor craftspeople, are needed to design user-friendly new products and assemble prototypes that users can experiment with in the field. High costs and poor financial performance are lagging indicators, not leading ones.

How the Architecture of Hospitals Affects Health Outcomes

Harvard Business Review

A key determinant of everything that matters when it comes to health interventions — the experience, cost, and results — has been hiding in plain sight. Creating better outcomes at reduced cost. mathisworks/Getty Images.

Building Trust Through Behavioral Integrity

Great Leadership By Dan

Chris Edmonds : Cornell University professor Dr. Tony Simons’ powerful article, “ The High Cost of Lost Trust ,” appeared in the Harvard Business Review in 2002. Guest post from S.

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Executive Briefing – Nuclear

Strategy Driven

Source: Nuclear Power Daily Published on 2018-11-19 ICL team assesses relative costs of carbon mitigation for 12 H2… A team at Imperial College London has examined the relative costs of carbon mitigation from a lifecycle perspective for 12 different hydrogen production techniques using. Executive Briefing Cost Reduction Opportunity: Inventory Optimization. Industry News. Exploring Space with Nuclear Energy Some Space missions run for years, or even decades.

Leaders need to Lead

Great Leadership By Dan

Like too many politicians and too many on Wall Street, they just keep pushing forward along some path, such as reducing costs, improving profit margins, growing the company 15 percent, getting promoted or re-elected. My father is a retired engineer with his Master’s degree in thermodynamics.

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Fight More. Fight Better.

Talent Anarchy 1

Many teams (and many leaders) don’t know how to do it well so they either do it poorly, or more commonly, they avoid serious disagreement at all costs. It’s the engine that drives robust social processes such as decision-making and problem-solving.