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What is Lean and Six Sigma – and why should they be viewed in context?

Lean and Six Sigma are two terms that are commonly used when talking about improving the operational performance of a business. Maybe you’ve already heard of them? In this post, we give a brief introduction to Lean and Six Sigma before we look at the relationship between the two. What is Lean? Lean is a… Read more »

This is why process management should be high on the agenda

In this article we introduce what Business Process Management (BPM) is and why it is important. BPM refers to the specific framework required to control and ensure strategic development of the company’s processes. The framework was developed by Michael Hammer, professor at MIT. Why is BPM (process management) important? First, let’s look at why BPM… Read more »

Growth ambitions? These are important risk factors

Does your business have ambitious goals for profitable growth? To achieve this, strategic activities based on insight is required – which results in targeted initiatives summarized in strategic action plans. If the strategic plans do not include the right initiatives to develop the organization, there is a great risk that the planned profitability will not… Read more »

Why fact-based management delivers better results

Many companies have ambitious growth and profitability goals. To achieve these goals, fact-based management is central. In this post we will show why. Businesses create value for their customers and owners through their processes. The figure below gives a visual picture of the overall perspective of the business processes. The processes are often grouped into… Read more »

How to implement a strategic improvement system

A strategic improvement system, what we call a Business Improvement System (BIS), is necessary to achieve long-term strategic goals. There are different approaches to implementing a BIS, so why should you choose Aksena’s approach? This is exactly what we are giving you in this article. Before we get this far, we summarize the main components… Read more »

How to engage everyone in developing strategic plans

Without goals, it is meaningless to plan and without a plan it is highly uncertain whether the goals will be achieved. All companies with ambitions must therefore have a strategy process that identifies the right goals and the right initiatives. In this article, we give you an overall description of what a strategy process is… Read more »

Ambitious goals? Then build a strategic improvement system

For businesses having ambitious goals, it is vital to develop formal processes ensuring timely internal business development. As the enterprise grows, it is a continuous need to develop both the structures and the competance of leaders and the employees. A strategic business improvement system (BIS) should take care of this need. The main components of… Read more »

How to engage everyone in the process of continuous improvement

Does your business need to establish standardized structures for continuous improvement (CI)? It is the employees in the business who see the many small and sometimes also the slightly greater opportunities for improvement. The sum of all these improvement opportunities can make a significant contribution to the improvement in results. The Lean Leadership Initiative includes… Read more »

7 reasons why the Lean implementation did not pay off

Initially, the enthusiasm was great: The top leader proclaimed the importance of Lean and told everyone to contribute. The company worked for a while on the introduction and use of Lean methods, but then the commitment fell slowly but surely. Where did it go wrong? There can be many reasons why an improvement initiative does… Read more »

9 reasons to take the Black Belt course

You may have already read about the Business Improvement System (BIS): The system your business needs to make the changes and improvements necessary to achieve business goals. The importance of BIS is supported by the findings of world renowned researcher, author and speaker Jim Collins. Jim Collins has for more than 25 years studied what… Read more »