Applying Different Categories of Knowledge

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Introduction We should be careful when we judge the effectiveness of others and reflecting on this can in turn help influence us in how we approach change activities. I’ll use this chart (shown in more detail further down) to describe the differences. First Day Effectiveness On numerous occasions, I’ve seen people judge others by their effectiveness on the first day at work. In some cases that may be fairer than others, but let’s take the view of a clinician arriving on a hospital ward for the […]

Lean Service Improvement Book

Service Improvement Book – In Progress

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After a year or so working with a large, complex client and some time before that working on a startup, I’m back to writing the book I started a couple of years ago. Three good things have come from this break: Both of the experiences have confirmed that the book needs to be written. What I have seen in the last two years has proven to me that there is a gap and this book will fill that gap Both […]

Lean Service Improvement Book

Forthcoming Book on Improving Your Own Service

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Some of you may already know, I’m in the process of writing a book on improving your own service. I’m aiming the book at the people who work the process themselves, e.g.: nurses social workers claims adjusters HR/OD staff office managers office administrators hotel staff and their managers and change agents/analysts As you can see, it’s not restricted to any industry, but will be most relevant to those working in service industries (whether from private, public and 3rd sector), so […]

Kanban prototype for an NHS Acute service

Lean Cost Benefit Analysis of a Quick Improvement

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Last week, I was provided with the short opportunity to improve a service within an NHS Acute Trust. I had 5 minutes to understand the problem and then I suggested a quick improvement. I’d like to take you through how we arrived at a solution and the resulting lean cost benefit analysis of that solution. I don’t get that involved in the individual solutions anymore, instead I’m usually engaged for more strategic issues and end up mentoring others to make the […]

Fundamentals of Process Mapping – Introducing Subprocesses Part 4

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From what we have seen so far, we’d have 3 separate, but related process models. One for each of the following: Buy a Book Choose a Book Pay for Book Numbering the processes Some of that was getting difficult to describe. The fact that Pay for Book is a process step in one diagram and a whole process was causing some difficulties in describing the relationship. I’d recommend reading through it again, slower this time, checking that you are certain which process […]

Use Case Diagrams for Documenting Scope

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Use Cases I embraced UML as a communication tool some years ago and have found it successful in being able to convey messages in a simple manner. I don’t use every type of diagram – some are too strange for the average business user. I do use Use Case diagrams. These are great and, with a small amount of education, are suitable for use with business users. Use Case Diagrams for Scope As a communication tool, Use Case diagrams are […]

Mentoring and Training

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All of the changes facing every organisation require skilled personnel, either increasing a team’s knowledge in the tools and techniques used for change or by mentoring analysts, providing guidance and supervision. Training Training packages can be developed in the following: Lean Service Redesign Business Process Reengineering Business Analysis Each training package is bespoke, specifically tailored to the client’s needs. Mentoring Mentoring is a longer engagement than training, designed to offer support to your staff in their profession. For those involved […]

Strategic Analysis and Direction

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Bringing a calm strategy to muddy waters. The benefit of using external consultants is that they can see through the internal politics and difficulties. Strategic Analysis and Direction Often the direction is not clear; there are a myriad of options or the service is trapped in an ever-continuing scenario of fighting daily fires. If you’re in that situation, then you could benefit from an engagement of Strategic Analysis. In that engagement, we look for the critical fulcrums; those pivot points that […]