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Lean Flow Enterprise Elements

"Lean Flow" describes the performance of organizations that are effective enough to win consistently in the competitive global marketplace. To understand how to get there, it’s useful to focus on Lean (vs. Flow) since it’s the “Lean-ness” of a process that achieves the smooth Flow results, with no interruptions or costly pools of work-in-process along the way. But keeping a Flow vision in sight is also useful since it helps everyone work toward operations that are smoother, more efficient, and more effective.

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Intro to Business Consortiums

What is a business consortium? Why can it be a powerful alliance for the member companies? How does it work? This paper is a brief overview about consortiums in general, and the High Performance Consortiums (HPC) Network in particular

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Lean Flow Enterprise Elements v35

"Lean Flow" describes the performance of organizations that are effective enough to win consistently in the competitive global marketplace. To understand how to get there, it’s useful to focus on Lean (vs. Flow) since it’s the “Lean-ness” of a process that achieves the smooth Flow results, with no interruptions or costly pools of work-in-process along the way. But keeping a Flow vision in sight is also useful since it helps everyone work toward operations that are smoother, more efficient, and more effective.

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HPC Lean Assessment FAQs

Member companies in the HPC Network business consortiums receive an annual assessment to measure their progress on 14 Lean criteria. This paper describes how the assessment works. (Note: A broader assessment covers the full range of CI process components, including the Lean criteria that are necessary for robust, sustainable, continuous business performance improvement with strong workforce engagement.

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Escape the Improvement Trap

Many companies have been disappointed with the results from their continuous business performance improvement initiatives. Popular tool sets like Lean, Six Sigma, Supply-Chain Management, ERP, CRM, and a host of other "acronym programs" have been applied with expectations like "silver bullets." Unfortunately, a number of common weak or missing ingredients in companies' management systems often doom the new program to sub-par results, sometimes outright failure. This paper summarizes our book of the same name that explains the root causes of the problem and how to overcome them.

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Improvement Maturity (IM) Quick Test

How capable is your company to annually improve its competitive position relative to the rest of the industry? Do you have an easy way to answer that first question? If not, use this Quick Test.

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A Workforce in Flow

Can a business team be more like an inspired sports team? The answer is "yes." And researchers have written some important words about how business leaders can build an environment where inspired teamwork can be part of the everyday business culture. This paper outlines the basics to start you thinking and doing. It's not magic.

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