Category Archives: Process

Beyond the Writing of Operating Procedures 4–Who Am I Writing For?

The thought process that went into the development of the outline for Beyond (you can see the outline in the last post) led me to focus on a question that every writer must address: Who is the audience for this … Continue reading

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Beyond the Writing of Operating Procedures 3 — Outline of the Book

I am pleased to announce the official, final outline of Beyond the Writing of Operating Procedures. Well, it may not be fully cast in stone. Maybe I’ll consider changes. Heck, maybe I’ll throw the outline out and start over. But … Continue reading

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Beyond the Writing of Operating Procedures 2 — Operating Procedure “Life Cycle”

If Writing Operating Procedures describes the birth of a procedure (which it does), and the operating procedure’s existence is integral to the optimal performance of the task it describes (which it does), then it follows that the procedure receive the … Continue reading

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Answers from LinkedIn: Lean, Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma–How They Differ (or Do They?)

(Note: this is an occasional series in which I review a question posed in a LinkedIn group I belong to. In the group, I provide a brief answer and I expand upon it here. This question was posed in the … Continue reading

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Answers on LinkedIn: Lean, Continuous Improvement and the Maintenance Department

(Note: this is an occasional series in which I review a question posed in a LinkedIn group I belong to. In the group, I provide a brief answer and I expand upon it here. This question was posed in the … Continue reading

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Implementing Lean: Going Boldly Where No Company Has Gone Before?

Editor’s note: on occasion I take a question posed on a LinkedIn group discussion¬†and expand on the response I provided to the discussion. Since I am very much at odds with the big-program (read, big-budget) initiative approach so prevalent as … Continue reading

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So You’re a “Champion?”

One of the great highlights of my sports-fan watching occurred June 11, 2012. On that date, the Los Angeles Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils, 6-1 to claim their first Stanley Cup championship as an organization. For fans such as … Continue reading

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Mr. Procedure’s Mad Cap Adventures — Introduction

I am a career Office worker. Not that I have worked in an office my whole life, but I have worked with Microsoft Office (at least since Word Perfect was purged at my prior employer). I have developed documents almost … Continue reading

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A Return to First Principles (Part 12), Institutionalizing the Process

The outcome of the process analysis effort is that I have defined the very best way I currently know how to perform the process. That is, I know the way to most effectively achieve the process desired outcomes with minimal … Continue reading

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A Return to First Principles (Part 11b), Unearthing the Treasure!

Process analysis and improvement are not for the faint of heart. There is a lot of work that has to take place. I hope the reader appreciates that what I am doing here is scratching the surface of analysis and … Continue reading

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