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Big Sky's Insider, August Edition

In this month's Insider, we get back to basics with the fundamentals of process improvement.
notebook Process Improvement Process Need Improvements?
Deciding what to improve and how to do it is a process of its own - one that can usually be improved. While there is no one-size-fits-all answer, Big Sky's Guide to Deploying Operations Improvement Efforts offers agency leaders insights on effective approaches to streamlining processes while ensuring that improvements align with long-term goals. 
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mic This is the Year! (Finally Getting Around to It)
Like many executives, you have probably told your team, “This is the year we're going to make changes.” The struggle to execute sometimes lies in figuring out how big the change or improvement should be and how to ensure its sustainability. In her Tedx Talk, Penny Weller, a highly experienced process consultant discusses the importance of generating small changes in order to achieve successful continuous improvement.  
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whiteboard Translating Process Improvement into Real Words
The United States federal government is no stranger to formulating efforts to improve its performance. “Its previous efforts are well documented, and filled with ‘jargon-heavy’ initiatives, focusing on key terms that are prevalent now,” says Catherine Newcomer, a Director of Public Policy at George Washington University. Instead of the conceptual balkanization, Newcomer suggests taking a strategic approach to support the achievement of an organization’s mission. 
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coins More with Less Just Became Possible
Have you experienced the phenomenon of having your program budget cut while being directed to accomplish even more results?  Big Sky executives John Dillard and Dr. Manoj Malhotra tackle this concept and explain how your agency can successfully achieve process improvement with fewer resources and a tight or shrinking budget. 
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measuring_tape CPI Tools Pay Off Big Time
After successfully implementing Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) methodologies, the Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center not only met its goals, but also exceed them.  By utilizing CPI tools, AMRDEC was able to improve business process and achieve $25 million in fiscal savings and cost avoidances.
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