Operational Excellence by Design eNewsletter – February 2016


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Issue: 2016-2

Founder’s Corner
Innovation versus Transformation
Joseph F Paris Jr
If you want your business to survive, you need to innovate.  If you want your business to have a chance of thriving, you need transformation.  Certainly, either innovation or transformation are no guarantees of success – but the lack of both almost certainly leads to doom.  Need proof?  Can you name one company or one industry (other than government) today that, when faced with a change in the marketplace, failed to innovate – and instead stayed with its traditions, and survived – not to mention, thrived?  If you think of one, let me know.  How about a company that faced a transformation in the marketplace – how did it fare over time?
But, what is innovation? And what is transformation?

Human Lean – Standardisation creating a talent hotbed
By Mark Gregory
In a nutshell: The standardised work we are all so familiar with as being a cornerstone of a Lean Philosophy does not produce real quality, reliability and repeatability, it generates world class skill and the basis of a talent hotbed. Understand the process of world class skill generation and give standardisation a meaning.
So we ask: What do you need to know about the process of world class skill creation to give meaning to standardisation?

Featured Events

Mar 2-4, 2016: Amsterdam
 It is a well-known fact that the primary aim of every business is to maximize profit; however every business is faced with competition. Every company depends on its managerial executives to create opportunities through continuous improvement, productivity, quality assurance, employee development or management services consultant packages.
OpEx Society Founder, Joseph Paris, will be in attendance and serving as an Expert Speaker. We invite you to join us there!
Mar 9-10, 2016: Abu Dhabi
The unprecedented fall in the crude oil prices has led to a huge shift in the dynamics of oil and gas industry with increasing focus on operation excellence. The fall of oil prices has resulted into operating companies shedding extra weight and moving in the direction of maximizing operational efficiency. The Operational Excellence in Oil and Gas 2015 is designed to give an opportunity to the regional operators to come together and benchmark their plans, processes and strategies with their peers in the industry.
OpEx Society’s, Joseph Paris, will be delivering a Workshop.

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12 Common mistakes that minimize project impact and how to protect against them
By Thomas Bertels
Projects are critical to develop new capabilities, transform existing processes, or implement new technologies, and many companies are investing significant resources in project planning and execution. In many cases, a formal programme management office is charged with overseeing the projects, but the actual return on this investment is less than it could be. In almost every case, the causes of sub-par results are the result of poor decisions. 

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