How Process Management is Like Teenage Boys?

Holly Lyke-Ho-Gland's picture

As many of you know by now, I’m the proud parent of a high school student, with all the joys and frustrations that entails. I was recently struck with how much being a parent is like managing a business. Think about it. There are:

  • performance measures to monitor—grades and standardized tests,

  • workflows to manage—time management and study habits, and

  • employees to engage—celebrating successes, keeping morale high, and working with my son to embrace changes to study habits and prioritizing assignments over video games.

Virtual Reality Needs to Go Social to Benefit KM

Carla O'Dell's picture

Driving a Rover on Mars? Touring Valen's Reef in the Bird’s Head Seascape international preserve? Reliving Hurricane Sandy as the waters rose? I had a chance to experience all three of these in virtual reality (VR) at the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival. 

5 Tips From Adam Grant on How to Speak Up Without Getting Shot Down

Carla O'Dell's picture

Adam Grant is a supremely practical management guru with a well-deserved reputation based on his popularity as the youngest full professor at Wharton Business School, two best-selling books and a much-read Sunday New York Times contributor. (He might be the next Peter Drucker.) My very first BTBI interview was with Adam about his first best seller, Give and Take.

Is Attending Aspen Ideas Festival on Your Bucket List?

Carla O'Dell's picture

If attending the Aspen Ideas Festival isn’t on your bucket list, you might consider adding it.

Every summer, one thousand movers and shakers, CEOs, authors, politicians, pundits, and artists gather to share the biggest ideas of the day and seek solutions to the world’s pressing problems. I had the pleasure of attending this year in late June and wasn’t disappointed.

Five Keys to Make the Process Equal the Customer Experience

Holly Lyke-Ho-Gland's picture

APQC recently talked to Matts Rehnstrom of Clean Stream about the five keys to making sure your processes make the customer experience better. Matts Rehnstrom is the Shaper of Business Excellence and has more than 25 years of experience with leadership and business development.  He will be leading a breakout out session at APQC’s 2016 Process Conference October  3-7.

Internet of Things (IoT) Changing the Game in Supply Chain

Andrea Stroud's picture

The evolving “Internet of Things” (IoT) is bringing about a new level of interconnectivity among devices, people, and organizations. The acceleration of IT interconnectivity in the supply chain function also creates potential risks if organizations do not ensure that they are making the right investments and have a plan of what they hope to get out of their IoT investments. The physical supply chain and the infrastructure that supports it (from manufacturing to delivery) are rarely designed with point-to-point IT risk management in mind.

What’s Driving Finance Improvement?

Haley Carroll's picture

Today to win, organizations have to outmaneuver the competition, and this is where finance needs to step up and become a better business partner. But how are CFOs, and the finance functions they manage, driving process improvement efforts that lead to this outcome? To answer this question and more, APQC’s Senior Research Fellow in Financial Management, Mary Driscoll, fielded a survey to determine what tools, techniques, and technologies will enable finance to reach its full potential and stay relevant in the eyes of the business.

Three Reasons Why Finance Transformation is Back in Vogue

Mary Driscoll's picture

Finance process improvement is back in full swing—or is it? Some would argue that it’s not back, per se; they’d say it never left. Surely they are thinking of companies run by CEOs with the will to make process excellence a cornerstone of competitive strategy. But what about those without such support? Preliminary APQC research says finance process improvement is a compelling issue for most. Three reasons stand out.

Three Things I Learned at Strata+Hadoop World

Michael Sims's picture

As I mentioned a little over a month ago, I was pretty excited about the chance I was given to attend the Strata+Hadoop World conference in San Jose. It turns out that that anticipation was justified.