Monthly Archives: February 2012

Why Process Improvement Projects Fail

Interesting times.  There’s an emerging consensus that Lean, Six Sigma and other process improvement programs are failing, and a myriad explanations why.  And yet – I just saw a(nother) Nimbus client video on a remarkable success in sustainable process excellence. … Continue reading

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Process Excellence in Pharma: And The Winner Is…

The Firm With The Process Platform! [Gasps, wild applause, cheers..] Harvey Weinstein is said to have transformed perceptions of a ‘quirky retro-wonder’ – and so won, against an outstanding field, a Best Picture for The Artist. But even the legendary … Continue reading

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Hello Checklists, Goodbye Process?

My little world wobbled as I read Atul Gawande’s bestseller The Checklist Manifesto. It seemed to challenge head-on my conviction that process matters most because it provides the language that enables effective collaboration amidst complexity. It’s superbly well written (Dr … Continue reading

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Chalk One Up For Sustainability

Delighted call yesterday from a client whose CEO had made a stand for sustainability. The CEO had invited in a well-known consultancy for a year to drive a Lean program on a payment-for-results basis. I had received a despairing call two weeks ago, after the Lean consulting team … Continue reading

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Making Sustainability Stick

True story – and I wouldn’t have believed it, if I hadn’t heard it myself… The global head of a Lean/Six Sigma team was explaining why a presentation to his senior leadership team didn’t go entirely brilliantly.  After years of leading … Continue reading

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Case Study: Finance Transformation and Shared Services

True, it’s not Life Sciences – though it’s also from a highly regulated world -and its scope, at this stage, is limited to just one country… but still the video case study from BAE Systems released today provides another great example of Nimbus Control as … Continue reading

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Shall I Compare Thee To…. Process Maturity?

This day of furious activity for Cupid’s bow brings to mind conversations with two clients just last week. Let’s risk breaking a few hearts by noting that not every Valentine’s Day card today will lead to courtship. And many fewer will blossom into union in happy marriage.  But, still, it’s what most of … Continue reading

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