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 Improving Performance, Methods and Processes
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Implementing information systems

What is the most suitable information system for the organization?

Does the organization need supplementary systems, MES to manage the production floor or WMS to manage warehouses or another dedicated system? If so, which?

Is the organization deriving management benefits from its information systems?

Sales people for information systems naturally have their own interests, particularly in the case of a long term marriage.

    Information systems are an essential infrastructure for measuring and improving performance. The organization needs someone professional and objective for the following tasks:
  • Characterizing the organizations needs.
  • Locating and examining suitable alternatives.
  • Selecting the optimal solution for the organization.
  • Hands-on assistance for definition, implementation and assimilation until the system is operating normally and yielding benefits.
  • Project management: professional management of projects (quality, timetables, cost).

Improving Performance, Methods and Processes

How can the competition offer such low prices?

Is the organization utilizing its resources effectively?

If the organization isnt getting better it must be getting worse!

    Practical techniques for improving the organizations performance:
    • Methods engineering: the engineering approach to improving methods and processes.
    • Organization & methods, combination of methods engineering and organization consulting.
    • BPR = Business Process Re-engineering: the revolutionary approach to improving performance redesigning business processes.
    • TOC = Theory of Constraints: improving performance by focusing on bottle necks.
    • Cost reduction: the economic and cost accounting approach to methodical reduction of costs.
    • Improvement teams: the constant improvement process, as described in the field of quality management.
    • The Kaizen method: from the Japanese school of management.
    • Lean Production management.

    Improving Efficiency, Engineering Standardization

    Is the number of employees in the organization suitable for its outputs?

    Is there any hidden/ overt underemployment?

    Are planning functions in the organization based on estimates and assessments or on engineering standards?

      Practical Techniques for Engineering Standardization:
    • Standardizing times: setting time standards for units of output/ activities.
    • Standardizing outputs: setting standard outputs for each resource.
    • Standardizing manpower: setting engineering manpower standards for the planned scope of activity.
    • Incentive pay: encouraging employees to achieve the required outputs using incentive pay on a personal, team or inclusive basis.

    Incentivizing employees and managers

    Are the employees of the organization highly motivated?

    Is there a link between an employees productivity and his pay?

    How can employees be spurred to achieve suitable outputs?

      Practical solutions:
    • Direct methods of incentive pay: personal or team based.
    • Multi-factorial methods: for indirect employees.
    • Inclusive methods: for departments/ sections/ the organization as a whole.
    • Commissions for sales personnel.
    • Commissions for engineers and development personnel.
    • Methods of rewarding managers.