Axellium Newsletter - January 2016
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Axellium Newsletter – January 2016

New year's resolutions are slowly turning into actions. Corporate objectives are finding their way into the day-to-day realities of the business. People and teams are focused and doing the right thing at the right time. Or are they? 

For many, budgets are set, initiatives are locked in and it is now time to execute. Yet, others are still in the midst of figuring out what should be funded or cut in 2016 and why. Such decisions are often made based on more or less arbitrary or attainable industry benchmarks rather than on fully informed, quantified and qualified assessments of cross-functional impact. 

So while it may be too late to affect spend decisions, it is never too late to seriously reflect on execution. From daily routine processes and activities to complex initiatives and related project management activities, execution is key to realizing expected benefits.

The articles included here provide insight on the importance of doing things right. As the year progresses, we will continue to share articles, infographics and other materials from thought leaders across industry verticals to help you gain a comprehensive cross-functional perspective of what efficient companies and processes can look like. 

Happy readings.

Sincerely,
 
Patrick Boulard
Co-Founder and Managing Partner


Robert Kelle
Co-Founder and Managing Partner

Top 5 predictions for project management in 2016.


By Brad Egeland, CIO.com contributor

As a discipline, I see project management as being fairly static. Still, there are changes and movements happening. Here are my top five for 2016. What's going to happen with project management in 2016? Since project management as a discipline is fairly static, I liken this concept of predicting changes in project management to a conversation two fictional characters had on one of my favorite shows, “The Big Bang Theory,” a few years ago. Read more…
 

What are the biggest challenges for process management in 2016?


By Holly Lyke-Ho-GlandProgram Manager, APQC

APQC surveyed over 200 process and performance management practitioners to understand common challenges and priorities for 2016. They found that most organizations will continue to struggle with moving from a function-based to a process-thinking organization. This infographic explores the top challenges in process management and provides some simple tips for addressing them.

 

Operations doing the right things, at the right time, in the right way...


by Dan Morris, Contributor, Process Excellence Network
 
Are your operations doing the right things, at the right time, in the right way? Companies have focused on efficiency for over 15 years now.  But are they making the processes effective? For this column, let’s consider efficiency to be doing work as quickly as possible with a low error rate.  Then let’s consider effectiveness as eliminating all work that is not really necessary. Read more…
 

Have you uncovered your company’s growth levers?


by Robert Kelle, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Axellium

Growth Levers are different for every company. Companies often struggle to recognize their Growth Lever because they develop an internally focused perspective on the business. Gaining an outside perspective is critical and can lead to unlocking the company's growth potential. Read more...


 

When is process improvement strategically important?


Sourced from Brad Power, Partner at FCB Partners

Strategic priorities, and therefore, which processes matter most, can shift over time. Leadership changes, economic cycles, mergers and acquisitions, shareholder pressures, reorganizations and changes to incentive systems can all affect strategic priorities. Read more...



 

Discover the winning formula to a successful change team.


Sourced from Manoj Patel, Lean Six Sigma Trainer and Certification Provider
 
What’s the best way to pull a successful change team together? Getting the right people on board is crucial. But beyond that, each successful team must go through a development process with three distinct stages: Chaotic, Formal, and Mature. How do you get your team to perform continually throughout and after the process? Read more...
 
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