Six Sigma

View:  
Sorted by:  

Measure Business Efficiency Where You Are Now

You can’t improve efficiency in your business or organization if you don’t know where you stand currently. Without a starting point, you have no official idea whether the changes you implement in hopes [more…]

How to Identify Inefficiencies in Your Business

A great starting place for identifying inefficiencies in your business is to take baseline measurements across your organization, which you can then use like a road map to your inefficiencies. Working [more…]

Consider the Impact of Potential Business Efficiency Solutions

It’s easy to assume you know which solution to use to address a given inefficiency problem in your business or organization, but you know what they say about assuming. A responsible efficiency-enhancing [more…]

How to Set Clear Business Efficiency Goals

The first step in addressing business efficiency is to get an idea of the issues you want to address, and then you have to state what sort of improvement you’re seeking. [more…]

How to Execute A New Business Efficiency Plan

You need to follow the steps of any business efficiency plan in order to implement change, but you also need to compose a comprehensive execution plan, before you go about implementing changes. Execution [more…]

Why Bother Measuring Your Business Efficiency?

The importance of measuring your business efficiency in ways beyond mere dollars in and dollars out cannot be overstated. In fact, Harvard Business School’s Robert Kaplan and David Norton developed the [more…]

Business Efficiency: Measure Dollars In and Dollars Out

Increasing income while decreasing expenses is what people usually think of when they hear “business efficiency,” although it’s never quite that simple. When you’re measuring financial milestones, always [more…]

Business Efficiency: Measure Sentiment in the Workplace

Sentiment analysis is one of the trickiest metrics to measure, but it has far-reaching implications for business efficiency. If your customers aren’t happy, that’s usually a sign of room for improvement [more…]

Business Efficiency: Measure Speed

Time is an often overlooked resource in business efficiency, but in many ways, it’s the most valuable one. Even if you had the money to pay every employee to work 100 hours a week, you won’t generally [more…]

Business Efficiency: Do A Competitive Analysis

Measuring how you stack up against the competition and within the marketplace can unearth potential inefficiencies in every aspect of your business. For example, if your competitors are able to sell the [more…]

Business Efficiency: Measurement System Analysis

Measuring the wrong data when you are looking at business efficiency defeats the whole point. Measurement System Analysis (MSA) keeps your measurements honest, accurate, and expected. [more…]

How to Store Business Data

When you plan a business efficiency project, you need to know what you’d like to measure and how you’d like to go about measuring it — but where does all that data go, exactly? Depending on your business [more…]

Should I Archive Business Data?

Any good business efficiency project plan will involve measuring and storing data. Do you need to invest in archiving data? Although it’s certainly possible to convert just about any existing files, whether [more…]

How to Use Lean for Business Efficiency

A Lean business is one that maintains an unrelenting focus on providing customer value and an unwavering disdain for waste. Just what is waste — known, in Lean parlance, as [more…]

Use Total Quality Management for Business Efficiency

One part of measuring and implementing any business efficiency plan is quality. Total Quality Management, or TQM, shines the spotlight on quality. In a TQM organization, every product, marketing piece, [more…]

The Easy Way to Increase Productivity and Cut Costs

Methodologies for business efficiency such as Lean and Balanced Scorecard can create real, lasting efficiency improvements in your organization, and you should try one [more…]

Business Efficiency: The Six Sigma Formula

Originally codified at Motorola in the 1980s, Six Sigma is a business efficiency process that relies on quantified performance measurements and a strong managerial team and buy-in. The term [more…]

Business Efficiency: Agile Project Management Overview

Agile is now an effective approach you can adopt for business efficiency projects in most any industry. Originally Agile was developed to address the pitfalls of traditional project management when applied [more…]

Business Efficiency: Three Quick Tips for Time Management

Time is often your most precious resource, because lost time can never be restored and the amount of time any given person is available — no matter how much caffeine she may consume — is quite finite. [more…]

Get Human Resources Involved in Business Efficiency

Functional departments like human resources are often left out of efficiency-enhancing discussions and brainstorming in business, because they seem like a static resource as opposed to an internal team [more…]

Manage Your Business Team More Efficiently

Efficient management of a business means every task is executed on time, the first time, and with no duplication. Getting a team to increase productivity to this point requires clear communication tools [more…]

Business Efficiency and Technological Resources

Technological resources can help any business or organization become more effective. There are some overarching resources that most any business can use to increase productivity and decrease waste, including [more…]

Sample Background Information Segment for a Business Change

Below is a sample execution from a real business efficiency project, involving upgrading a manufacturing company’s Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software. [more…]

Expand the Scope of Change in Your Business

When you first begin a new project for increased productivity in your business or organization, you want to be careful of “scope creep” — which is what happens when seemingly small additional results or [more…]

When Your Business Efficiency Project Fails

Risk is an unavoidable part of every new business strategy project, whether the end goal is increased efficiency, savings, or even if you’re setting out to find out what is [more…]

Listings:back...101-125126-150151-158

Sign Up for RSS Feeds

Small Business & Careers
Great Gadget Giveaway -- Enter to Win!

Inside Dummies.com