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The Fish Always Begins to Stink from the Head

The Fish Always Begins to Stink from the Head

The Italians say: “The fish always begins to stink from the head.”

As a lean practitioner, the phrase "…in a value stream map, the most important of the three flows is the information flow…” is sure to be familiar.  I ask myself, are we married to this idea when trying to improve a value stream?

Emission Reduction in Logistics: A Positive Impact on the Company's Supply Chain

Emission Reduction in Logistics: A Positive Impact on the Company's Supply Chain

Sustainability practices were once adopted as a voluntary undertaking by firms to match the “Corporate Social Responsibility” agenda, catering towards specific stakeholders and consumers. Now, sustainability is creating tangible bottom line benefits in Heavy Manufacturing and the Fast Moving Consumer Goods industries.

Today, such practices have started transforming companies’ Supply Chains turning them into more cost effective, lean and profitable businesses and market differentiators.

Adversity or Opportunity? Pt. 2 of 3

Adversity or Opportunity? Pt. 2 of 3

In the first article of my Perfect Storm series, I referenced the wave of retirements set to affect most public sector organizations.  Many agencies expect to lose 20 percent or more of their work forces this year. In this article, I will dive deeper into the influencing factors and resulting challenges of the staffing exodus.

Let me begin by saying I am convinced governmental organizations are full of smart, energetic, and well-meaning people.  Why, then, is there a commonly held perspective of governmental employee performance being less than positive?  I believe the root cause of this perspective directly affects a number of important factors. These factors include the three Rs of survival:

Green Lamp

Green Lamp

As the weather begins to change and winter gives way to spring, I am compelled to face the reality that winter is often full of unnecessary accumulation and disorganization.  This entropy occurs without effort.  One way to overcome disorder is spring cleaning.

Spring cleaning is the great annual ritual of cleaning a house from top to bottom, and it’s typically performed after a long winter.  From a state and federal public sector perspective, a decade long winter is coming to an end, and it’s time to engage in the great tradition of spring cleaning.

Tableau in Practice

Tableau in Practice

Most of CGN’s projects require extensive data analytics. Integrating analytics into business operations is described easier in concept/logic than achieved in practice. Tableau was one Business Intelligence software available that promised to bridge this gap between concept and implementation in a short time. Data visualization (Reports-View Transformation) is equally essential as data analysis (Visual Structures-Visual Logics) and views or presentations are an end user interface. As the famous quote says “A picture is worth 1000 words” for example a simple graph can be used to explain a complex analysis.

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