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.

Posts Tagged ‘Standard Operating Procedures’

Not Your Father’s SOPs

Think SOPs are boring and just a waste of time? Does creating and updating SOPs always tend to get backburnered at your company because every time you think of SOPs you think of the static, dust-collecting company procedures manual sitting on a shelf somewhere? If so, it’s time to leave old-fashioned models and thinking behind! READ MORE

Process Re-engineering: Think Big, Start Smart

We’d all like to be able to wave a magic wand and instantly streamline operations to turn our businesses into lean, mean, efficient machines. Economic pressures and thin margins are causing business owners and managers to step back and re-examine their businesses: Are we operating in the most cost-effective, streamlined way? Why are we wasting READ MORE

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How do SOPs create Accountability?

Many have said that by just thinking about how their business “works” and defining the best way of doing things has gone a long way in transforming their organization from a “seat of the pants” culture to one of accountability. You have to put it in writing. Capturing and communicating standardized procedures, the right actions, READ MORE

“Board Approved” Procedure Doesn’t Necessarily Mean It’s Right

If you want an example of how much clear written policies and procedures matter in the real world, just look at the current crisis in the banking sector. Everyone from shareholders, cable talk show hosts, to Congress wants to know what standardized procedures, management practices and safeguards were in place, and who was responsible for READ MORE

There is a Place for Common Sense in Standardizing Operations

A recent article in Quality Digest:“Thinking and Adapting in the Context of Standardized Work” by Mark Graban raises a common myth we often hear: written standard operating procedures (SOPs) are too constraining and “robotic.” In his article Graban rebuts this myth pointing out that “Standardized work isn’t “mindless conformity.” He further reminds us that Bill READ MORE

Standardizing Operations Helps You Work Faster and Eliminate Waste

In today’s economy, no organization can afford to tolerate wasting effort, staff time, or money on inefficient operations for long. Surviving in tough times means making the best use of available resources and that means eliminating waste. That’s where examining your business systems comes into it. “Systemized” organizations accomplish more, in less time, with fewer READ MORE

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