Business processes all over the world run on Microsoft Excel. Even in microbiology labs. Unfortunately, using this program has resulted in serious problems for the scientific and medical community. (more…)
Just because a company is growing at a record pace does not mean it is immune to bad process. One amazing story comes from W.E. Peterson, a co-founder of a multimillion dollar organization. (more…)
Over at TechRepublic, writer Chip Camden reminds us that “no methodology or theory is a silver bullet.” Project success depends on the quality of execution, not blind adherence to broad principles. (more…)
Late last month, news surfaced of an IBM patent application for a “method and system for strategic global resource sourcing.” Is shuffling jobs between countries something which requires workflow analysis? (more…)
Kristian Andersen of the Indianapolis-based experience design firm Kristian Andersen + Associates is ruminating on the latest business buzzwords. He thinks the notion that processes should be “frictionless” is “flat wrong.” (more…)
The local marketing scene has been discussing the fate of printed handouts. Last month, mediasauce predicted the death of the brochure. Firebelly Digital insists (strong language warning) that the brochure will never die. Advertising pro Lorrie Walker sees both sides. (more…)
On virtually every restaurant table in the world lies a salt and pepper shaker. A moment of contemplation reveals that this design makes for highly efficient workflow. (more…)
No industry should be more focused on the well-being of people than healthcare. According to one study however, many healthcare organizations are over-emphasizing process and technology to the detriment of workers. (more…)
We all know that employees at work should be working. But according to a new study, those who spend a bit of time at the office goofing around online are actually more productive than their colleagues.
There are many methods for business process management. Here’s an overview of popular approaches for “continuous improvement” that covers techniques from the turn of the last century to those which are still being developed. (more…)
Attendees of the 2009 Indianapolis Productivity Summit spent the first afternoon session talking specifically about Workplace Productivity Tools.
Forty-six thousand hopeful applicants received congratulatory messages from the prestigious University of California-San Diego. Unfortunately, 29,000 of those emails were sent to people the admissions department had actually rejected. (more…)
The second session at the Indianapolis Productivity Summit was dedicated to Power Modeling, a series of techniques for self training on technology tools. (more…)
The first event at the Indianapolis Productivity Summit on Monday, March 30, 2009 was Managing Email Productivity. For ninety minutes, the group reviewed the challenges of email: the biggest threat to getting any work done.
On Monday, March 30, 2009, we hosted the first Indianapolis Productivity Summit. Each of the four 90 minute sessions drew more than 30 attendees for an interactive discussion on ways to work smarter. (more…)
Given the speed of emerging technology, the idea that anything is possible never seems too far out of reach. One such recent achievement is an Italian pizza vending machine. (more…)
Each month, Indiana business owner Bill Keith receives over 150 faxes. Each one contains confidential patient records, but Keith is not even in the medical business! (more…)
To many of us, the saying “one bad apple ruins a bunch” brings up memories of overbearing lectures we received as children. But how true is this statement in the adult world of work? According to one source, “bad apples” an the office can slow down productivity, diminish creativity and prevent successful completion of projects.
As Americans diligently strive for personal and occupational success, productivity improvement schemes continue to gain momentum and support. Yet, between old-fashioned “know-how” and fancy technological solutions, what is the best strategy in the race for ultimate efficiency? (more…)
A fascinating Youtube video highlights innovation and workflow problems at NASA. Watch the clip to see how employees trapped through compartmentalization hinder the development of bright ideas. (more…)
Lorraine Ball of Indianapolis marketing firm Roundpeg added a brief post to her company blog. She believes “when [your] employees love your company your customers will too!” (more…)
The hit NBC comedy he Office features a neurotic, naive and often unruly character in Michael Scott. The show is famous for uncomfortable workplace moments and many of the scenes feel as if they are based in reality. Yet behind the entertainment, the premise begs the question: How do leaders emerge and how could incompetent fools become the boss?
Media darling Bre Pettis continues to circle the web. This post is about completion. Done, he asserts, is what matters, and all productivity arises from an obsession with done.
The new Central Library in downtown Indianapolis ran two years and $50 million dollars over budget. Now, the courts will decide who is at fault and who has to pay. (more…)
Probably everyone dreams of making millions. For one company in particular, hitting the jackpot didn’t come from selecting winning numbers in the lottery. Instead, all it took was changing a simple icon. (more…)