Success Rate and Profits of Innovation at Top Performers (Infographic)

Becky Partida's picture

Any organization developing a new product or service wants to ensure that it gets a successful and profitable project in return for its investment. But what kind of success rate and profit amount should organizations aim for? APQC recently partnered with Stage-Gate International to study how leading organizations perform on their innovation projects.

5 Instances When It’s Safe to Rely on KM Community Instead of an Expert

Carla O'Dell's picture

Senior technical experts can be in short supply, especially if your organization has lots of projects underway. New employees and novices may not know where to turn or may be reluctant to bother or look stupid in front of an expert. One way to cope with a shortage of experts is to appeal to the members of your network for help.

Technical communities of practice can be a wonderful alternative, but not always. When is it safe to use a community of practice or technical network to help with a problem or answer a question?

What happens when political motivations trump process improvements?

Holly Lyke-Ho-Gland's picture

APQC recently held a panel discussion on how organizations can take advantage of a holistic strategy encompassing an intersection of knowledge, process, and quality management. APQC’s Travis Colton, Jim Lee, and Jeff Varney collectively responded to this follow-up discussion from the panel:

3 Reasons Great Process Improvement Culture Starts at the Bottom

Holly Lyke-Ho-Gland's picture

I recently spoke to Fabio Cardeso, process excellence director - International Operations General Motors Financial, about the pitfalls of outsourcing the documentation of process failures, why people hide inefficiencies, the identification of risks in processes, and why he believes a great process culture starts from the bottom up and not the top down.

APQC: Why can outsourcing the documentation of process failures not always be the best idea?

David Shaner on Why Fast Change Often Fails

Jonathan Kraft's picture

APQC was lucky enough to talk to David Shaner about his book ‘The Seven Arts of Change’ and specifically about how his ‘Golden Rule’ can help in leading change in an organization.  David will be the keynote speaker at APQC’s 2014 Process Conference on October 13-15.

The Top Driver of Innovation Performance (Infographic)

Becky Partida's picture

Organizations that are successful at product or service innovation have worked to make this a critical capability within the enterprise. These organizations have recognized that innovation done right can lead to a competitive advantage within their markets. Organizations looking to achieve similar success with innovation often need a starting point.

How to Build a Business Case for Dynamic Financial Planning and Forecasting (Infographic)

Elizabeth Kaigh's picture

Financial forecasting and resource planning can be challenging under any circumstances, but today there is more demand from operating managers for forward-looking, driver-based analysis and scenario testing. APQC has found early indications that CFOs and controllers want to strengthen financial planning and analysis (FP&A) capabilities, thereby making FP&A more dynamic.

How Financial Shared Services Can Reduce FTE Numbers

Mary Driscoll's picture

I recently spoke with Brad DeMent and Trey Robinson, partners in ScottMadden’s Corporate & Shared Services practice, about the benefits, challenges, and future of financial shared services. They will both be joining me for our September 25th Webinar—Finance Shared Services: New Metrics and Best Practices.

Tale of Two PMOs (Infographic)

Holly Lyke-Ho-Gland's picture

Project management offices (PMOs) are moving beyond typical project management activities, and are now providing more strategic insights and services that support enterprise-wide initiatives. In order to more fully understand the role PMOs are playing within their organizations, APQC conducted a survey to understand the key characteristics necessary to provide strategic support. This infographic explores the differences between large revenue organizations (greater than $20B) and small revenue organizations (less than $100M).

Why Are CEOs Using Outdated Leadership Ideas?

Sue Lam's picture

Recently, APQC has been sharing its latest leadership research to shed insight into today's leadership deficit. Today, we share guest blogger Jonathan Verney's take on outdated leadership ideas. Verney is the lead writer and creative strategist at The Corporate Storyteller. Find his thoughts below.

APQC respondents say today’s leadership style is outdated