Why Process Models and Value Chains Are Critical to Success

Holly Lyke-Ho-Gland's picture

APQC asked process management experts about the importance of value chain in process improvements, and tactics to create sustainable improvements. These experts will be speaking at APQC’s Process & Performance Management Conference October 1-5.

Why Process Professionals Need to Know About Analytics and Machine Learning

Carla O'Dell's picture

If you are into process improvement, now is the time to jump onto your organization’s analytics and digital transformation efforts. A recent APQC study found 53 percent of organizations plan on investing in advanced analytics and automation over the next 12 months. For the remaining 47 percent, it is likely not a question of “if” but “when.”

What do improvement professionals need to know to join in this wave of digital transformation?

What Potential Leaders Need to Succeed

Jamie Capehart's picture

So we have now discussed how we know the organization and the individual, we have given them what they need to succeed and now we are going to put it in gear!

How Better Business Strategy Starts With Business Integration

Holly Lyke-Ho-Gland's picture

APQC asked process management experts about business integration, silo busting, and identifying and minimizing risk. These experts will be speaking at APQC’s 2018 Process & Performance Management Conference October 1-5.

The roundtable participants include:

  1. Bobbi O’Connell, Rockwell Collins - Bobbi has been at Rockwell Collins for 9 years in roles related to Lean, continuous improvement, and process management and holds a Masters in Business Administration.

Need for Speed? Agile and Flexible Project Management

Holly Lyke-Ho-Gland's picture

As noted earlier this year, a key theme for process and performance management professionals is the need to re-evaluate our old and adopt new capabilities to stay relevant in today’s business environment. Previously we had discussed the growing need to elevate customer focus and key methodologies (e.g., customer journey maps and design thinking) teams can use to achieve customer centricity.

How Bad Motivations Can Erode Leadership

Jamie Capehart's picture

We discuss in my last blog how to understand the organization and know what is and is not accepted. With that information in mind, you can focus on the individual. Helping them understand themselves is key to enabling them be the best they can be by individualizing their development.

Step 2: Know Them

Leadership Capabilities: How Do You Choose the Right Person to Lead?

Jamie Capehart's picture

Making sure that you have the right leaders in place is no easy or small feat. The essence of leadership is knowing the direction you desire to travel and having the ability to influence the head, hands, and heart of others to follow you there. Of these three, the heart is clearly the most important because it’s here that emotion, passion, and discretionary effort abide. It is the heart that promotes greatness.

Hidden Ways Organizations Can Benefit from Customer Journey Mapping

Mercy Harper's picture

Customer journey maps aren’t just for sales and marketing anymore. These visual depictions of the end-to-end customer experience allow you to understand your customers’ behaviors, feelings, goals, and pain points. These days, that’s information everyone in the organization needs to know to stay competitive. Creative folks from different functions are using customer journey maps and applying their insights to innovate and improve. Two of the most exciting—and surprising—opportunities are in process and compliance.

10 Best Practices to Improve Your Process Automation Program

Holly Lyke-Ho-Gland's picture

Robotic process automation (RPA) is undoubtedly a topic of high interest to most organizations. Its potential, combined with the growing accessibility and maturity of RPA technologies, is positioning RPA as a key tool in the organizational toolbox. Furthermore, process automation is at the heart of most organizations’ digital transformation—to achieve improved efficiency and reduce costs. But beyond these more tangible drivers lurks another motivating factor: the hype around process automation.

How Design Thinking Can Help Finance Professionals Achieve their 2018 Goals

Michael Sims's picture

At the beginning of the year we surveyed a group of 260 finance professionals from across industries and regions to find out what their priorities were for 2018. The results were at once simple and complex.  The top two finance function priorities for 2018 were: