Cutting Costs while increasing Productivity

by Dr Neil Miller 17. March 2009 17:06
The current economic crisis is causing managers to revisit how they do business. In most cases, minimizing costs is high on the agenda. When costs are cut, there is usually a negative effect on productivity. If resources are cut, people may not have all the resources they need to work productively. If people are cut and there are insufficient people left to do the work, reductions in output usually follow. Solutions where people are expected to do more are common, but invariably there is a point where doing more and more work can no longer be sustained. A better solution ... [More]

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Business Process Management – Fundamental to success

by Dr Neil Miller 17. March 2009 17:04
When people work together, they usually follow a number of related actions or a process. Processes reduce uncertainty by making it clear who needs to do what, when, and with whom, and ensure that important actions are not forgotten.   Some of the great benefits of processes are: ·         People involved don’t have to think what to do next ·         Output(s) are known in advance ·         Process templates reduce planning time and ef... [More]

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Most projects do not have full-time project managers; so an alternative is required.

by Dr Neil Miller 12. March 2009 17:10
Most projects do not have a full-time project manager. In most projects, project managers spend some time on the project and some time on other work that is not part of the project. TASKey has spent over 12 years developing a web software tool to automate a lot of the work that the project manager and project team members are expected to do. So most projects can receive many of the benefits a full-time project manager provides.   The work a project manager does is essential to every project.  This work includes; planning, organizing, tracking, coordinating, informing... [More]

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Manual Coordination - Can you afford it any longer?

by Dr Neil Miller 12. March 2009 17:08
Managers spend a lot of their time doing simple coordination of people and work. Most of this coordination is manual in that it has to be done by a manager or their delegate.   Coordination is required so people can work together productively. In most cases, the person doing the coordination is not actually doing the work – they are simply making sure that the work flows, the work is done, and relevant stakeholders are kept informed.   Coordination is usually done during a meeting of some kind, over the phone, in a letter or memo, using emails, instant messaging, ... [More]

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Organizational Change Management - Basic Prerequisites

by Dr Neil Miller 9. March 2009 17:12
This article identifies basic prerequisites for stakeholders to understand and fully engage with any organizational change. Without engagement and acceptance by stakeholders, it is unlikely that a change will deliver the potential benefits promised. Definition of Organizational Change Management The following practical definition of organizational change management is provided in the online encyclopedia Wikipedia. “Organizational change management includes processes and tools for managing the people side of the change at an organizational level.  These tools include a st... [More]

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Get Special Tasks Done

by Dr Neil Miller 1. March 2009 17:13
Special tasks are important tasks that must be done on time, and where normal business processes are unlikely to work. They are often high priority tasks where failure or delays have severe negative consequences. Special tasks include; strategies, governance, compliance, initiatives, changes, reforms, operations, and projects. They are usually large tasks that involve many people in several locations, working together, to achieve a required outcome. Some of the key challenges in managing special tasks are:  Contributions to the special task are usually in addition to curr... [More]

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