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­­Perfecting the Shift Change

In any environment with a constant flow of work, a smooth transition from the outbound shift to the inbound shift could be the difference between undisrupted output and a disaster waiting to happen. In hospitals where errors directly impact the healthcare outcomes of patients, it is imperative that the changing of shifts is carried out… read more →

Agile Principles in Operational Improvement Projects

Traditionally Agile approach (and its components, such as Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP)) are associated with software development projects. Management Consulting projects typically follow a more traditional Waterfall methodology, based on PMBOK® guidelines. However, our clients today are operating in a more dynamic environment, that requires a higher degree of flexibility in delivering projects. Here are… read more →

Addressing Performance Variability

Outdated Process Series Previous articles in this series discussed the challenges of identifying outdated and inefficient processes. This article will concentrate on performance variability as one of the indicators of an inefficient process and will look at some ways to effectively address it. When it comes to business, variability is generally not welcome.  It prevents us… read more →

Working Capital Optimization: Safety Stock

When it comes to inventory management, companies often underestimate the importance of safety stock and the need to maintain optimal levels.  While it may seem like the path of least resistance from a service level standpoint, holding excessive inventory stock level leads to suboptimal working capital management and, as a result, hurts profitability by curbing… read more →

Feeling the Burnout?

Management consulting is an excellent stepping stone for career development as it exposes consultants to multiple industries and functions, while the steep learning curve pushes them to develop transferable skills such as problem-solving, leadership, and communication. However, the industry also comes with a reputation for its long hours and a challenging work-life balance. It is… read more →

Six Sigma: What’s Needed to Succeed

Six Sigma, the popular methodology for process improvement, is a statistical concept that identifies the variation inherent in any process.  By subsequently working to reduce these variations once it defines them, the Six Sigma methodology diminishes the opportunity for error, thus reducing process costs or increasing customer satisfaction. The core objective of Six Sigma is… read more →

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