Sometimes improvements to workflow come from unexpected places. The challenge is recognizing and seizing the opportunity. Read the case study “Training Wheels to SOP”:
The team at XYZ Industries ran a fairly efficient warehouse floor, often processing as many as 60 orders per day. When new people were hired for a seasonal rush, the floor manager put together a simple paper artifact to facilitate training. That temporary fix became a major boon to productivity and was adopted as SOP—Standard Operating Procedure. Read on »
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Learn the key terms in Methodology Engineering in this handy glossary:
The assertion that a resource, simple or complex, is rare even though its not.
A compound measurement of an activity which factors in the number of tasks, total duration and required mental focus and intelligence. Slaughter Development uses a four-point scale for complexity.
The ability to complete a task despite tremendous shortcomings in the efficiency and productivity inherent in the procedure, policies, or organization.
One employed for specified knowledge in a particular area of expertise as opposed to his/her aptitude in facilitating manual labor.
Work is something we do, not something we are prone to contemplate.
Systematic analysis and redesign of organizational procedures, policies and business actions through technical solutions implemented by stakeholders.
Any situation created with the explicit goal to increase productivity, where the choice — instead of benefiting productivity, is actually decreasing it.