Fast Cycle Time
by Rick Sidorowicz
Here is a shopping list of ‘best in class’ characteristics of leading ‘fast cycle time’ organizations. It is also a very convenient glossary of ‘evocative language’ to spice up the most mediocre of mission statements and business plans. Try this quick and dirty quiz to assess how you and your organization measure up to the best in class.
Yes/no, black and white, no middle ground. How do you stack up to the best in class?
Operating PhilosophyCrystal clear customer driven context - yes no
Every action tested by its value added - yes no
Information is shared openly - yes no
Decisions are made locally - yes no
Decisions are made in real time - yes no
Employees are appreciating resources - yes no
ArchitectureDense, mission focused structures - yes no
Emphasis on value added processes - yes no
Flat organization with few levels - yes no
Blurred boundaries - yes no
Multifunctional and team based - yes no
Work design precedes technology - yes no
Partnerships are the norm - yes no
LeadershipThe vision is evocative and inspiring - yes no
The vision is communicated endlessly - yes no
The mission and goals are congruent - yes no
Initiate strategies and ensure execution - yes no
Secure and develop resources - yes no
The structure is in alignment - yes no
Develop continuous learning systems - yes no
Business StrategyBold cycle time reduction goals - yes no
Overlapping problem solving - yes no
Pursue process development - yes no
Trade cost for time - yes no
Time sensitive performance metrics - yes no
Focus on cycle time in everything - yes
Faster cycle times!
How about the simple concept of ...
Getting stuff done fast!
How about the acceleration of ...
Decision making cycle time!
The best in class - they’re good, they’re focused, they’re fast!
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