‘The Martian’s’ Andy Weir on premortem planning for a manned NASA mission to Mars

Carla O'Dell's picture

Like many of you, as the weather cools and the summer fades, APQC is knee-deep in strategic planning. Since APQC has access to many best practices, we try to follow them. One is to conduct a premortem on planned investments, a technique borrowed from project planning, in which one attempts to imagine what could go wrong and decide how to avoid or mitigate those risks. Doesn’t this go against the socially acceptable stance of being an optimist?

Creating a Culture Shift Through Knowledge and Process Management

Holly Lyke-Ho-Gland's picture

When a large organization rapidly grows through acquisition, it acquires more than a new book of business. It also acquires the many processes each newly acquired company has been using to do its work. Very often, these processes are different from the way the parent company has always done things, leading to inconsistencies, inefficiency, and confusion. Standardizing processes across a growing organization is a tough challenge, but when accomplished with the right framework and approach, the benefits can be tremendous.

3 Ways to Improve Manufacturing

Becky Partida's picture

What is the key to improving an organization’s manufacturing activities? My colleague Andrea Stroud and I recently spoke on a webinar focused on the steps organizations can take to assess the current state of their manufacturing processes and identify areas for improvement.

Is Your 2016 Budget Already Obsolete?

Michael Cappelli's picture

Budget season can be difficult for financial professionals. The combination of resource allocation under strict deadlines creates an unenviable, annual responsibility. While budgeting may be difficult, it does not have to be an ordeal to suffer through. Proper planning and targeted budget scope can help reduce the time organizations spend on budget iterations before finalization.

Innovative Technologies Ensuring On-Time Delivery

Andrea Stroud's picture

As I sat thinking about companies that have been making headlines for finding innovative ways to deliver orders on time, Amazon comes to mind. Many have heard the headlines about Amazon’s drone’s, its one-hour delivery service, and rapid expansion into transportation logistics. Next week at CSCMP’s 2015 Annual Conference  the session It’s Still Day 1 For Amazon fulfillment is taking place.

How Process Management can Reduce M&A Risk

Jess Scheer's picture

‘What could possible go wrong’ when you ignore process tenets? Everything. 

The world’s worst kept business secret is that most acquisitions fail.

Want Change Management That Works? Have a Clear Simple Message

Carla O'Dell's picture

I know I am not Steve Jobs. But I am a pretty good version of myself. According to Nick Tasler, change management consultant and keynote speaker at APQC's upcoming 2015 Process Conference, that might be ok.

Knowledge Transfer Is a Process, Not An Event

Lauren Trees's picture

Below is a video made by Carrie Tracy, senior knowledge manager at RelayHealth (McKesson Corporation), previewing her breakout session at the 2015 APQC Process Conference October 29-30. In this great cartoon, she gives a sneak peak of her session, including the concerted process design that has enabled RelayHealth to optimize internal knowledge transfer so that learners retain the correct level of information while instructors understand the audience and deliver the right information to the right people at the right time.

Keys to Integrating Lean and Financial Planning Analytics For Process Improvement

Holly Lyke-Ho-Gland's picture

What are the challenges in integrating Lean and financial planning analytics to achieve breakthrough process improvements? Brian Higgins, Principal at Management Resource Technologies talked to APQC about that and how Management Resource Technologies created over create over $30 million in financial improvements.

To Make Change Management Work, Clean out your Organization's Closets (aka priorities)

Carla O'Dell's picture

Have you noticed how hard it is to get rid of things even though you never use them? Think about the last time you cleaned out your closet or garage. Are you still holding on to an out of style sweater or a bicycle you never seem to get around to riding?

Psychologists call this common human weakness “the endowment effect” because we endow things we already own with more value than we would otherwise. It makes it very hard to let go of something probably not serving you anymore.