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“A” Is For Acceleration

“A” Is For Acceleration

We’ve all heard the expression “cheaper, better, faster.” Let’s focus on the “faster” aspect.

“Faster” is critical as nothing gets better with additional time. “Faster” means:

  • Costs are lower
  • Processes are built with speed of execution in mind
  • Information to support critical processes is readily available–the need to track down subject matter experts is a rarity rather than the norm
  • Capacity increases as a function of acceleration–you can do more with the same staffing level, factory floor space, etc.

Here are some questions you should be asking:

  • Where are there bottlenecks in your processes or supply chain that negatively impact acceleration?
  • Are your product lead times and service levels competitive? How do you know if they are competitive?
  • Are your critical processes accelerating or decelerating year-over-year?

Thought for the week:

“Life is like a ten-speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use.” – Charles M. Schulz

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Dave Gardner
Dave Gardner is a management consultant, speaker, blogger and author based in Silicon Valley. He’s been in the front row for the birth and evolution of Silicon Valley, the innovation capital of the world. Since 1992, Dave Gardner has focused on making the complex simple. He can be reached through his website, www.DaveGardner.biz, or via phone at +1 408-475-7068.
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