Process Improvement

Can You Manage Risk While Innovating?

Anticipating and Mitigating Risk
Risk Management Matrix
What Is the Tool? Risk Management Matrix

The Risk Reduction Matrix is an elegant way to anticipate, manage, and mitigate product development risks. A common myth is that you can’t take the risk out of invention, but in reality … [Read More...] about Can You Manage Risk While Innovating?

Optimizing Processes: Four Fields Mapping

What Is the Tool? Four-Fields Process Map

Originated in Japan, the Four-Fields Map is a graphical technique most commonly applied to cross-functional processes. Unlike more traditional project planning methods that apply work breakdown structures and critical path analysis, the Four-Fields Map emphasizes the elements of tasks, … [Read More...] about Optimizing Processes: Four Fields Mapping

Affinity Diagrams – Seeing What Matters

Henry David Thoreau: “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

What’s New?

The affinity diagram is a graphical technique for seeing patterns and reaching a consensus in a group process that builds up from the details into a complete picture that provides insight based on facts. This diagram, which … [Read More...] about Affinity Diagrams – Seeing What Matters

Jump Starting Teams

What’s New?

New programs spin up every day, but most teams get off to a bad start. In a rush to get going, they forego a few simple steps that would help position their programs for success. What’s new is a simple nine-step process that will ensure that teams quickly establish a firm foundation from which they can successfully … [Read More...] about Jump Starting Teams

Dot Voting – Evaluating Ideas, Prioritizing Action

What’s New?

Within the course of managing a project to completion or evaluating the delivery of a program, brainstorming sessions can be useful to creatively evaluate and solve problems. Dot Voting is a simple tool that provides an equitable means for team members’ voices to be heard and to quickly reach a consensus on … [Read More...] about Dot Voting – Evaluating Ideas, Prioritizing Action

Circle Dots and the Directly Responsible Individual

What’s new?

This graphical technique can help you clarify who is charge of a given element of a program or project – eliminating confusion and building teamwork.  Distributed, global teams are now becoming the default way of organizing rather than a rare exception; however, with this kind of organization communication is … [Read More...] about Circle Dots and the Directly Responsible Individual