Big time saves with online processing using BPM Workflow system (Processmaker.com)

Eureka!  I can now automate batched account processing online using a BPM workflow system (Processmaker.com). Big time saves ahead!

Time saves will come from elimination of re-encoding data based on the paper-based transmittal forms and there could be other steps that would be eliminated with this workflow automation.

Thank you to my talented programmer brother Jojo Siao who provided the code bites for data uploading and data downloading with the workflow system

Data upload and download capability with Processmaker.com

Data upload and download capability with Processmaker.com

Six Sigma: Define Phase Quick Overview

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The process improvement phases of Six Sigma are Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control.  This blog post is a quick overview of the Define phase.

The Define phase is critical in that you use this phase to identify and scope the problem and the process you are trying to improve. The key to this phase centers on understanding the customer, the customer’s needs/requirements, and how those needs relate to the performance measures you are tracking.

Define Phase Quick Definition:

  • Define the problem and customer requirements

Define Phase Outputs:

  • Develop a project charter that will include all the information you need to define the opportunity in terms of the project goal, business case, team member, stakeholders, and timeline to name a few.
  • Identify customers and customer needs/requirements using available customer data or through customer surveys.
  • Define the process to improve by developing high level process maps.

Some Define Phase Process…

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Quick and Easy Lean Six Sigma: Free Training Handout

Hi Folks!
It’s been quite some time right?
My apologies. A lot has happened on my side of the fence and our family’s picking up the pace after the loss of our beloved head of the family.

Anyways, a lot of good things happened also which kept me pre-occupied.
Recently, I was also invited to a talk about “Quick and Easy Lean Six Sigma” that works and without the fuss of the certification.

I’m freely sharing the presentation material. Just click on the link below. This will be uploaded to my slideshare page soon http://www.slideshare.net/jeremyjaylim

You may use it for your own in-house training but kindly refrain from commercially using it. I’d appreciate it a lot if you will also put some appropriate attribution to my work.

In case you have further queries, send me a message here.

https://app.box.com/s/rgyqriqjc88xvsmpd1x9

37 Ways to Innovate – Innovation Tip #13 Create Brand or Product Line Extensions

 

 

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This idea suggests that we build on the success of the success of the original branded product.
Here are some interesting notes from how product extension strategies are being done.
 
 
from Wikipedia

product line extension is the use of an established product’s brand name for a new item in the same product category.

Product Line Extensions occur when a company introduces additional items in the same product category under the same brand name such as new flavors, forms, colors, added ingredients, package sizes. This is as opposed to brand extension which is a new product in a totally different product category.  Line extension occurs when the company lengthens its product line beyond its current range. The company can extend its product line down-market stretch, up-market stretch, or both ways.

Down-Market Stretch describes a company positioned in the middle market wanting to introduce a lower-priced product line while the Up-Market Stretch describes a company who may wish to enter the high end of the market for more growth, higher margins, or simply to position themselves as full-line manufacturers.  Also possible is Two-Way Stretch where a company serving the middle market might decide to stretch their line in both directions.
 
Down-Market Stretch example is the netbook which was introduced and aggressively priced at below 20k. Up-Market Stretch example is the introduction of the Macbook Pro laptops which carried all the best features for the best computing experience.  We can also say that Apple employed this strategy when they introduced the affordable tablet computer called iPad and then the high-end Macbook Pro with Retina display which is priced around 80 thousand pesos.  Now that Apple has down-market products and Up-Market products, then they are able to fulfill the 2-Way Market Stretch.

How Agile is your Business?

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How Agile is your Business?

What is Organizational Agility? Is your organization, company or business agile enough to adapt to ever changing needs, changing market conditions requiring changes in the process fast?
Here is a snapshot from the survey results of Project Management Institute (PMI) on Organizational Agility.

37 Ways to Innovate – Idea 10: Miniaturization

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37 Ways to Innovate - Idea 10: Miniaturization

Innovation Tip of the Day:
37 Ways to Innovate – Idea 10: Miniaturization

This idea suggests creating value-adding products by making it “light-weight” or by making a “stripped-down” version.
Similar to a bulky LCD projector, the lightweight portable projector was invented for mobile professionals who always find the need to present something to a small audience anytime and anywhere.
For a small audience, they don’t need an intricate projector with all the high-end features. They would only need a basic projector that can show their presentation even at a lower resolution of 640 X 480 instead of the high-definition 1024 X 680. Mobile professionals and mobile salesmen only need a portable projector with stripped-down basic projector features.

Do you think of any other product or service from which you can create new value-adding product by stripping down to the bare and necessary features?