The Streamlined Business Blog

The Streamlined Business Blog is all about getting—and keeping—Operations Under Control by implementing good business systems, processes, and standard operating procedures. Our staff experts blog regularly on a range of topics including: Operations Mapping approaches, systems-based management, standardizing operations, calculating costs and ROI for systems improvements and a whole lot more.

Policy & Procedure Best Practices

How to Modernize Your Policy and Procedure Communication

Is your organization wasting time and money developing policies and procedures that no one uses? Organizations that integrate clear P&Ps into everyday life realize improved quality, reduced training / turnover costs, and a more empowered workforce. (Results like: 75% error reduction, 50% reduction in employee onboarding time are NOT uncommon) So, the potential value is there, but there’s STRONG evidence that most READ MORE

7 Proven Tips For Bringing Your Policy and Procedure Communication Into The 21st Century

Organizations that integrate clear P&Ps into everyday life realize improved quality, reduced training / turnover costs, and a more empowered workforce. (Results like: 75% error reduction, 50% reduction in employee onboarding time are NOT uncommon) So, the potential value is there, but there’s strong evidence that most organizations never achieve it, especially when many employees READ MORE

Policy Procedures – 7 Signs You Have Outgrown MS Word

If your method for developing SOPs and policies is MS Word® or MS Excel® you may be unaware that there is a better way! Don’t get us wrong, MS Word is a fantastic tool for general purposes—just not for SOPs. If you only have a handful of procedures that rarely change, then the “do-it-yourself” in READ MORE

Zavanta Software Principles Highlighted in New Book “Secrets of Success with Procedures”

In his new book Secrets of Success With Procedures, Jack Nicholas, Jr., BS, MBA, P.E., CMRP, CRL, internationally recognized expert in business operations and maintenance reliability and a decorated US Navy veteran and naval engineer, shares his experiences on the importance of written procedures to operations success. Jack describes and discusses many management attributes centered READ MORE

What Hurts? Addressing Points of Pain with Policies and Procedures

  Admittedly, Hemingway probably had something more poetic in mind than SOPs, but the advice still holds. Clients implement Zavanta software for a variety of reasons, chief among them are growing pains. Whether it is the confusion that seems to strike at around 50 employees, fast growth, or operations that are so borderline non-operational-it hurts. READ MORE

Writing- the Foundation of Good Policies and Procedures

I spent a lot of time thinking about writing. I spend a lot of time reading about writing. And yes, I also write about writing. It is a baseline for most of my client conversations, because without writing you can’t get to the sharing and managing part of SOPs. You need content to share and READ MORE

Create user-friendly Policies & Procedures that work with Microsoft SharePoint ®

Now it’s even easier to integrate Zavanta® Policy and Procedure software with MS SharePoint® Watch video: Click here to access SlideShare presentation:  http://www.slideshare.net/comprose/creating-policies-and-procedures-for-use-with-ms-share-point-44527853 There are hundreds of products on the market for “managing” content. MS SharePoint is one that has been adopted by many organizations. But it doesn’t address the complete knowledge transfer life cycle.   READ MORE

Policies and Procedures in the News – CDC – Ebola – Anthrax

Policies and Standard Operating Procedures show up in the headlines from time to time, and rarely in celebration of polices and procedures well implemented. But recent headlines  regarding the break down of communicating safety protocols at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) have been persistent–and more than a little alarming. And what first appeared to READ MORE

SOPs – Why Not Just the Steps?

This question comes up a lot in Zavanta Coaching sessions. To save time and get to the point,  why not just list the steps for how to do a task?  Clearly, the action steps are one of the biggest parts of SOPs. But, step by steps  are not the only information that makes for good READ MORE

The Recipe for Good SOPs

Cookbooks and recipes actually provide a pretty good jumping off point for understanding how to set up SOPs. They tell you what you need. They give you the steps in the order you need them. They use pictures. They are easy to read. As anyone who has ever made cookies can attest, the closer your READ MORE

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