By Greg Cullison
While you might want to execute every process improvement initiative that enhances the efficiency of your agency's operations, you need to ensure your projects are completed in the order that gives your federal agency the best return on its investment (ROI).
Maximizing ROI isn’t just about ranking based on impact and effort – it means choosing quick wins that build cultural acceptance. Project selection has the ability to make or break a process improvement deployment, so it’s critical that you determine the highest-priority projects that will have maximum impact and that maximize the possibility of long-term acceptance.
By Greg Cullison
Your federal agency is tasked with an important mission, but there are likely some operational failures that are getting in the way of achieving it. You see that processes could be more streamlined and efficient. Yet you only have a limited budget – and an even more limited schedule – to execute any sort of process improvement.
By Brittany Andrews
How did your firm choose its last process improvement project? Did you select the biggest problem? The easiest? Maybe you just had a “gut feeling”?
We’ve seen all of these approaches to project selection, but the truth is that none of them guarantee an effective use of resources.
When it comes to improving operational effectiveness, organizations are typically not at a loss for ideas. The difficulty comes when it’s time to choose the best project for execution. What we see most often - particularly in the federal sector - is a gravitation towards tackling the biggest, ugliest problems with the highest possible reward.
Deep dive: Project selection: 5 Things Every Organization Should Consider
By Dan Jodarski
Psychology journalist Malcom Gladwell may have put it best in his book, Blink: “There can be as much value in the blink of an eye as in months of rational analysis.”