Uncommon Sense - Tools to Improve your Work Forever

Process Management International (PMI)

PMI’s podcast, Uncommon Sense – Tools to Improve your Work Forever, gives you the opportunity to listen to our expert Consultants talk about a wide variety of tools so that you can refresh your memory and gather inspiration for which tools might help you solve your latest improvement challenge or problem. Each podcast is a rapid 10 – 15 minute download of what the tool is, when you would use it, and tips for effective application to enable you to decide quickly whether this tool is the one you need, avoiding hours of searching through manuals, books or online platforms for those nuggets of inspiration. Find out more about Tools for Business Excellence and how to transform your organisation at pmi.co.uk

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A Model for Improvement at Any Level
2d ago
A Model for Improvement at Any Level
How will you know that your reinvigorated strategy is an improvement?  Join PMI Partner Consultant Des Kelly in the next episode of our strategy-focused mini-series as he delves into the art of defining clear, actionable objectives. Discover how to harness the power of the 3 Question Model from Nolan and Provost to sharpen your strategy, as Des guides you through the essential questions: ‘What are we trying to accomplish?’, ‘How will we know that change is an improvement?’, and ‘What changes can we make that will result in improvement?’.  Tune in to unlock the secrets to crafting a strategy that delivers real results.Are you ready to transform your strategy?  PMI’s skilled consultants can help you turn your Goals into Results, assisting you at every stage from conception through to implementation.  Learn more at https://pmi.co.uk/consultancy/#strategy More resources to help you develop a strategy that delivers results:Podcast: Strategy and the Responsibilities of the Leadership TeamPodcast: Competitive Analysis Through Porter's 5 ForcesPodcast: Understand External Influences using PESTELPodcast: Evaluate your strategic position with SWOTPodcast: Use Force-Field to Understand ChangeConsultancy: Transform Your StrategyGoals to Results ConferenceJoin us for a day of expert speakers, interactive workshops, case studies and networking opportunities. Turn your goals into tangible results with the help of industry experts and thought leaders. On 25.09.24, we’ll take over The Slate at The University of Warwick, a state-of-the-art venue perfect for fostering creativity, conversation and collaboration. Secure your place at pmi.co.uk/g2r.More from PMI: Dive into our Knowledge Hub for more tools, videos, and infographicsJoin us for a PMI LIVE WebinarFollow us on LinkedIn Take your improvement career to the next level with PMI's Lean Six Sigma Certifications - now available in two new and accessible formats, built around you. Explore On Demand >>Explore Distance Learning >>
Organise and Sequence Improvement Ideas Using AD and ID
4d ago
Organise and Sequence Improvement Ideas Using AD and ID
Developing a successful strategy requires the transformation of abstract ideas into actionable plans, and this is where the Affinity Diagram and the Interrelationship Diagraph are invaluable.Join us for the sixth episode of our strategy-focused mini-series as we move on to top tools for establishing the end goals and objectives.  PMI Partner Consultant Des Kelly reveals how AD and ID can foster consensus among senior leadership teams and pinpoint key drivers through converting qualitative insights into structured, strategic objectives. Are you ready to transform your strategy?  PMI’s skilled consultants can help you turn your Goals into Results, assisting you at every stage from conception through to implementation.  Learn more at https://pmi.co.uk/consultancy/#strategy More resources to help you develop a strategy that delivers results:Podcast: Strategy and the Responsibilities of the Leadership TeamPodcast: Competitive Analysis Through Porter's 5 ForcesPodcast: Understand External Influences using PESTELPodcast: Evaluate your strategic position with SWOTPodcast: Use Force-Field to Understand ChangeConsultancy: Transform Your StrategyGoals to Results ConferenceJoin us for a day of expert speakers, interactive workshops, case studies and networking opportunities. Turn your goals into tangible results with the help of industry experts and thought leaders. On 25.09.24, we’ll take over The Slate at The University of Warwick, a state-of-the-art venue perfect for fostering creativity, conversation and collaboration. Secure your place at pmi.co.uk/g2r.More from PMI: Dive into our Knowledge Hub for more tools, videos, and infographicsJoin us for a PMI LIVE WebinarFollow us on LinkedIn Take your improvement career to the next level with PMI's Lean Six Sigma Certifications - now available in two new and accessible formats, built around you. Explore On Demand >>Explore Distance Learning >>
Use Force-Field to Understand the Perspectives, Actions and Consequences of Change
6d ago
Use Force-Field to Understand the Perspectives, Actions and Consequences of Change
Are you aware of the invisible forces shaping the success or failure of your organisation's strategic goals? PMI Partner Consultant Des Kelly delves into the transformative power of the Force Field Analysis tool as our strategy-focused mini-series continues.  The conversation illuminates how this tool can uncover the driving and hindering forces that can significantly impact your organisation’s objectives. Highlighting the critical role of balanced group discussions and the inclusion of diverse perspectives, Des offers valuable insights into leveraging Force Field Analysis for strategic advantage.Are you ready to transform your strategy?  PMI’s skilled consultants can help you turn your Goals into Results, assisting you at every stage from conception through to implementation.  Learn more at https://pmi.co.uk/consultancy/#strategy More resources to help you develop a strategy that delivers results:Podcast: Strategy and the Responsibilities of the Leadership TeamPodcast: Competitive Analysis Through Porter's 5 ForcesPodcast: Understand External Influences using PESTELPodcast: Evaluate your strategic position with SWOTConsultancy: Transform Your StrategyGoals to Results ConferenceJoin us for a day of expert speakers, interactive workshops, case studies and networking opportunities. Turn your goals into tangible results with the help of industry experts and thought leaders. On 25.09.24, we’ll take over The Slate at The University of Warwick, a state-of-the-art venue perfect for fostering creativity, conversation and collaboration. Secure your place at pmi.co.uk/g2r.More from PMI: Dive into our Knowledge Hub for more tools, videos, and infographicsJoin us for a PMI LIVE WebinarFollow us on LinkedIn Take your improvement career to the next level with PMI's Lean Six Sigma Certifications - now available in two new and accessible formats, built around you. Explore On Demand >>Explore Distance Learning >>
Evaluate your strategic position with SWOT
Jul 16 2024
Evaluate your strategic position with SWOT
The business landscape can make or break your strategy.  So you need to understand the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats facing your organisation in order to make informed decisions, identify potential risks, and leverage your competitive advantages.In the fourth episode of our strategy-focused mini-series, PMI Partner Consultant Des Kelly continues his exploration of top tools for understanding the world in which we operate, showcasing SWOT Analysis as a powerful tool for evaluating your strategic position.Are you ready to transform your strategy?  PMI’s skilled consultants can help you turn your Goals into Results, assisting you at every stage from conception through to implementation.  Learn more at https://pmi.co.uk/consultancy/#strategy More resources to help you develop a strategy that delivers results:Podcast: Strategy and the Responsibilities of the Leadership TeamPodcast: Competitive Analysis Through Porter's 5 ForcesPodcast: Understand External Influences using PESTELConsultancy: Transform Your StrategyGoals to Results ConferenceJoin us for a day of expert speakers, interactive workshops, case studies and networking opportunities. Turn your goals into tangible results with the help of industry experts and thought leaders. On 25.09.24, we’ll take over The Slate at The University of Warwick, a state-of-the-art venue perfect for fostering creativity, conversation and collaboration. Secure your place at pmi.co.uk/g2r.More from PMI: Dive into our Knowledge Hub for more tools, videos, and infographicsJoin us for a PMI LIVE WebinarFollow us on LinkedIn Take your improvement career to the next level with PMI's Lean Six Sigma Certifications - now available in two new and accessible formats, built around you. Explore On Demand >>Explore Distance Learning >>
Understand External Influences using PESTEL
Jul 14 2024
Understand External Influences using PESTEL
Understanding the macro environment is crucial for effective strategic decision-making, and PESTEL is a tool for helping you do this.Join us for the next episode in our strategy-focused mini-series as PMI Partner Consultant Des Kelly discusses this comprehensive framework for analysing changes to the status quo, underscoring the necessity of using unbiased data to guide strategic choices.Are you ready to transform your strategy?  PMI’s skilled consultants can help you turn your Goals into Results, assisting you at every stage from conception through to implementation.  Learn more at https://pmi.co.uk/consultancy/#strategy More resources to help you develop a strategy that delivers results:Podcast: Strategy and the Responsibilities of the Leadership TeamPodcast: Competitive Analysis Through Porter's 5 ForcesConsultancy: Transform Your StrategyGoals to Results ConferenceJoin us for a day of expert speakers, interactive workshops, case studies and networking opportunities. Turn your goals into tangible results with the help of industry experts and thought leaders. On 25.09.24, we’ll take over The Slate at The University of Warwick, a state-of-the-art venue perfect for fostering creativity, conversation and collaboration. Secure your place at pmi.co.uk/g2r.More from PMI: Dive into our Knowledge Hub for more tools, videos, and infographicsJoin us for a PMI LIVE WebinarFollow us on LinkedIn Take your improvement career to the next level with PMI's Lean Six Sigma Certifications - now available in two new and accessible formats, built around you. Explore On Demand >>Explore Distance Learning >>
Competitive Analysis Through Porter's 5 Forces
Jul 12 2024
Competitive Analysis Through Porter's 5 Forces
Are you proactive in identifying the forces that influence your business environment?By understanding and leveraging these forces, your organisation can navigate competitive landscapes more effectively and make informed strategic decisions that drive success.  Join PMI Partner Consultant Des Kelly as our strategy-focused mini-series continues with an exploration of Porter’s 5 Forces. Des explores how integrating Porter’s 5 Forces with other strategic tools will enhance the robustness of your strategic planning.Are you ready to transform your strategy?  PMI’s skilled consultants can help you turn your Goals into Results, assisting you at every stage from conception through to implementation.  Learn more at https://pmi.co.uk/consultancy/#strategy More resources to help you develop a strategy that delivers results:Podcast: Strategy and the Responsibilities of the Leadership TeamOn Demand Webinar: Making Your Strategy Work for You Consultancy: Transform Your StrategyGoals to Results ConferenceJoin us for a day of expert speakers, interactive workshops, case studies and networking opportunities. Turn your goals into tangible results with the help of industry experts and thought leaders. On 25.09.24, we’ll take over The Slate at The University of Warwick, a state-of-the-art venue perfect for fostering creativity, conversation and collaboration. Secure your place at pmi.co.uk/g2r.More from PMI: Dive into our Knowledge Hub for more tools, videos, and infographicsJoin us for a PMI LIVE WebinarFollow us on LinkedIn Take your improvement career to the next level with PMI's Lean Six Sigma Certifications - now available in two new and accessible formats, built around you. Explore On Demand >>Explore Distance Learning >>
Strategy and the Responsibilities of the Leadership Team
Jul 10 2024
Strategy and the Responsibilities of the Leadership Team
How do you ensure your business strategy is well-crafted and adaptable to the ever-evolving business landscape?In the first of a strategy-focused mini-series that will explore specific strategic tools and techniques, Des Kelly, PMI Partner Consultant, breaks down the three pivotal phases of strategy that every Leadership team needs to master: strategic analysis, strategic choice, and strategy implementation.Are you ready to transform your strategy?  PMI’s skilled consultants can help you turn your Goals into Results, assisting you at every stage from conception through to implementation.  Learn more at https://pmi.co.uk/consultancy/#strategy More resources to help you develop a strategy that delivers results:Podcast: Adapting Your Strategy in Disruptive Times On Demand Webinar: Making Your Strategy Work for You Consultancy: Transform Your StrategyGoals to Results ConferenceJoin us for a day of expert speakers, interactive workshops, case studies and networking opportunities. Turn your goals into tangible results with the help of industry experts and thought leaders. On 25.09.24, we’ll take over The Slate at The University of Warwick, a state-of-the-art venue perfect for fostering creativity, conversation and collaboration. Secure your place at pmi.co.uk/g2r.More from PMI: Dive into our Knowledge Hub for more tools, videos, and infographicsJoin us for a PMI LIVE WebinarFollow us on LinkedIn Take your improvement career to the next level with PMI's Lean Six Sigma Certifications - now available in two new and accessible formats, built around you. Explore On Demand >>Explore Distance Learning >>
Common Control Chart Fallacies
May 29 2024
Common Control Chart Fallacies
Navigate the complexities of Control Charts with ease, as we clear up some common misconceptions. Drawing from years of experience reviewing, coaching, assessing, and approving projects, PMI Director Consultant Dennis Crommentuijn-Marsh reveals the most frequent mistakes he encounters so that you can recognise and avoid them in your own work. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out with control charts, this essential listen will enable you to confidently apply this key improvement tool to enhance your business processes.More resources you may find useful:Infographic: Control Charts - A Short Journey Through the Basics Blog: 5 Flowchart Challenges You’ll Want Your Team to Know About On Demand Training: Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Goals to Results ConferenceJoin us for a day of expert speakers, interactive workshops, case studies and networking opportunities. Turn your goals into tangible results with the help of industry experts and thought leaders. On 25.09.24, we’ll take over The Slate at The University of Warwick, a state-of-the-art venue perfect for fostering creativity, conversation and collaboration. Secure your place at pmi.co.uk/g2r.More from PMI: Dive into our Knowledge Hub for more tools, videos, and infographicsJoin us for a PMI LIVE WebinarFollow us on LinkedIn Take your improvement career to the next level with PMI's Lean Six Sigma Certifications - now available in two new and accessible formats, built around you. Explore On Demand >>Explore Distance Learning >>
Evolving to Control Charts
May 15 2024
Evolving to Control Charts
Is your data telling the right story?  The shift from simple data tables to Control Charts is more than a mere change in data representation; it's a transformative step towards data-driven decision-making.  This progression, PMI Director Consultant Dennis Crommentuijn-Marsh explains, stems from a growing awareness of variation and its impact on our processes.Join us for a powerful learning opportunity, as we share examples from clients around the world who have navigated the discomfort of evolving to Control Charts, and the profound insights they have revealed into their business performance.Here are some more resources on this topic:Infographic: Control Charts - A Short Journey Through the Basics Video: Control Charts in Action On Demand Training: Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Goals to Results ConferenceJoin us for a day of expert speakers, interactive workshops, case studies and networking opportunities. Turn your goals into tangible results with the help of industry experts and thought leaders. On 25.09.24, we’ll take over The Slate at The University of Warwick, a state-of-the-art venue perfect for fostering creativity, conversation and collaboration. Secure your place at pmi.co.uk/g2r.More from PMI: Dive into our Knowledge Hub for more tools, videos, and infographicsJoin us for a PMI LIVE WebinarFollow us on LinkedIn Take your improvement career to the next level with PMI's Lean Six Sigma Certifications - now available in two new and accessible formats, built around you. Explore On Demand >>Explore Distance Learning >>
Process Operators: Driving Continuous Improvement
Apr 2 2024
Process Operators: Driving Continuous Improvement
Process Operators are not just cogs in the machine.  They’re the heartbeat of an organisation; executing core processes and directly influencing the value delivered to customers.   Their work is vital, and as such, it demands a focus on standardisation, maintenance, and Continuous Improvement. Join PMI Senior Consultant Damion Albinson as he discusses the role of the Process Operator, including why it’s crucial that they’re engaged in standardisation and improvement activities, and the challenges of operators preferring to do things their own way.Here are some more resources on this topic:Podcast: Mastering Process Management  Infographic: Key Roles in Process Management and Improvement On Demand Webinar: Every Day Tools for Daily Process Improvement Goals to Results ConferenceJoin us for a day of expert speakers, interactive workshops, case studies and networking opportunities. Turn your goals into tangible results with the help of industry experts and thought leaders. On 25.09.24, we’ll take over The Slate at The University of Warwick, a state-of-the-art venue perfect for fostering creativity, conversation and collaboration. Secure your place at pmi.co.uk/g2r.More from PMI: Dive into our Knowledge Hub for more tools, videos, and infographicsJoin us for a PMI LIVE WebinarFollow us on LinkedIn Take your improvement career to the next level with PMI's Lean Six Sigma Certifications - now available in two new and accessible formats, built around you. Explore On Demand >>Explore Distance Learning >>
Why Leaders Need to Understand Variation
Mar 20 2024
Why Leaders Need to Understand Variation
Variation represents chaos and unpredictability.  So in our business systems, which require consistency and repeatability to enable improvement, the concept of variation and its impact on performance is crucial for our Leaders to grasp.Packed with eye-opening analogies, Director Consultant Warren Knight explains the complexities of variation, the significance of control charts and the long-term view, and why tampering with the system without understanding the root causes of variation is a no-go.Here are some additional resources that you may find interesting:Podcast: Systems Thinking from a Leadership Perspective Video: Control Charts in Action Blog: 5 Things Every Leadership Team Should Know Goals to Results ConferenceJoin us for a day of expert speakers, interactive workshops, case studies and networking opportunities. Turn your goals into tangible results with the help of industry experts and thought leaders. On 25.09.24, we’ll take over The Slate at The University of Warwick, a state-of-the-art venue perfect for fostering creativity, conversation and collaboration. Secure your place at pmi.co.uk/g2r.More from PMI: Dive into our Knowledge Hub for more tools, videos, and infographicsJoin us for a PMI LIVE WebinarFollow us on LinkedIn Take your improvement career to the next level with PMI's Lean Six Sigma Certifications - now available in two new and accessible formats, built around you. Explore On Demand >>Explore Distance Learning >>
Navigating Process Management Roles
Feb 7 2024
Navigating Process Management Roles
Successful process management requires a shift in mindset where everyone is empowered to think of their organisation as a collection of interconnected processes rather than isolated departments or functions.  By embracing this process thinking approach and clearly defining process management roles, you can achieve greater efficiency, better customer satisfaction, and ultimately, improved performance.Join PMI Senior Consultant Damion Albinson as he talks about the concept of process thinking and the responsibilities of System Owners, Process Owners, Process Managers, and Process Operators in delivering improvement.  Remember, the journey to excellence is continuous and starts with a single step – adopting a process-oriented mindset. Here are some related resources that you may be interested in:Improvement Toolbox – Roles in Process Management Infographic – Aligning Business and Process Roles On Demand Webinar – Transform Your Operations IncrementallyGoals to Results ConferenceJoin us for a day of expert speakers, interactive workshops, case studies and networking opportunities. Turn your goals into tangible results with the help of industry experts and thought leaders. On 25.09.24, we’ll take over The Slate at The University of Warwick, a state-of-the-art venue perfect for fostering creativity, conversation and collaboration. Secure your place at pmi.co.uk/g2r.More from PMI: Dive into our Knowledge Hub for more tools, videos, and infographicsJoin us for a PMI LIVE WebinarFollow us on LinkedIn Take your improvement career to the next level with PMI's Lean Six Sigma Certifications - now available in two new and accessible formats, built around you. Explore On Demand >>Explore Distance Learning >>