Four Stages of a Successful Change Project

January 31, 2020 Heraclitus was wrong: Change is NOT the only constant. The failure rate of change projects remains constant as well, at about 70%. Every next failure would prompt publishing an article with a comprehensive list of steps to take and pitfalls to avoid in order to succeed – but not the root cause…

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Operational Excellence Mixtape: January 31, 2020

Republished from Mark Graban’s Lean Blog By Mark Graban leanblog.org By Ryan McCormack The mixtape contains news, blogs, articles, resources, and links about creating value, continuous improvement, innovation, and leadership in healthcare and industry – compiled and shared by Ryan McCormack Healthcare – Creating Value for Patients It’s been more than 10 years since Atul Gawande wrote The Checklist Manifesto, showing the…

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Predictive analytics help PPG customers prevent corrosion

Rundown and corroded industrial assets can have a detrimental effect on the bottom line. But for most companies that rely on smooth flowing pipes and watertight tanks, such as in the oil and gas, rail, and mining sectors, knowing when industrial assets will become a liability is a challenge. Fortune 500 company PPG Industries, founded…

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When Should We Lower a Target and When Should We Try Harder to Figure Out How to Reach It?

Republished from Mark Graban’s Lean Blog By Mark Graban leanblog.org Today, I’m sharing a question from a reader who started their career at Toyota and now works at another company. See previous posts with reader questions. The reader has given me permission to share this — to get your input — and there are no…

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7 digital transformation myths

The pace of change in business is forcing many companies to transform, often enabled by technology. This is variously termed digital transformation or tech-enabled business transformation, but regardless of label, technology leaders are at the center. Preliminary data from Deloitte’s 2020 global tech leadership survey shows 79 percent of organizations globally are engaged in a…

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Need direction on your lean manufacturing journey? Listen to the data

Know you know, don’t assume By Jeff Sipes  Listen. Can you hear the data speaking? Is it whispering … or screaming? Does it point you toward constructive improvement, or are you just putting out fires? Improvement starts with having the appropriate data. All work happens in a process, and analysis helps us understand the work happening in…

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Sharing Lean Six Sigma Journal Articles on Healthcare Improvement from Ireland

Republished from Mark Graban’s Lean Blog By Mark Graban leanblog.org I was honored to be asked to participate in a supplement that was published by the journal The International Journal for Quality in Healthcare. The supplement is a collection of articles about the use of Lean or Lean Six Sigma in Irish hospitals. I had…

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Anheuser-Busch InBev brews data-driven transformation to lure talent

CIOs at large enterprises are quick to blame Silicon Valley stalwarts and startups for why they struggle to lure top tech talent. But that narrative doesn’t sit well with Tassilo Festetics, vice president of global solutions for $132 billion brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), who believes it’s incumbent on IT leaders to change the narrative.…

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RPA Center Of Excellence (CoE): What You Need To Know For Success

Tom TaulliContributor EntrepreneursI write about tech & finance. RPA (Robotic Process Automation) is software that helps to streamline tasks and activities within the workplace. The technology has been shown to lead to significant ROI (Return On Investment), as seen with companies like Intuit. Back in 2018, the firm launched an RPA pilot program using the UiPath platform and the…

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How BMW is trying to modernize manufacturing

By Jenny Marc and Nell Lewis, CNN BusinessUpdated 12:36 PM ET, Thu January 23, 2020 Regensburg, Germany (CNN)On the outskirts of one of Europe’s best preserved medieval cities is one of the world’s most modern factories.The BMW group plant in Regensburg, Germany, manufactured approximately 320,000 vehicles in 2018. BMW says its use of technologies — from robotics…

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