Lean Six Sigma: Takt Time – To Meet Customer Demand

Master Black Belt, Rutgers University What is Takt Time and why should we care about it? No one likes waiting at the  motor vehicle bureau. Depending on when you go, there is either an impossibly long wait, or a very short wait, if you’re lucky. Wouldn’t it be great if just about any time you […]

Relationship Building in Uncertain Times

By Russ Holbrook, SHRM Senior Certified Professional, Rutgers University We’re confronting extraordinary challenges with the advance of the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic. Undoubtedly, the impact of the COVID-19 has tested everyone in small and big ways. Through the uncertainty, however, many of us have found strength in relying on our relationships with others.  We have families, […]

Lean Six Sigma: Value Stream Mapping

By Regu Regupathy, Master Black Belt, Rutgers University Uncovering the bottlenecks & opportunities for improvements In a Lean Six Sigma process-improvement project or Kaizen, it’s important to map out the process with your project team before setting about to solve whatever the problems are with that process. Typical steps are to produce a SIPOC (high-level […]

How To Break Into Human Resources

By Russ Holbrook, SHRM Senior Certified Professional, Rutgers University That’s all you’ve heard from the company you interviewed with over four weeks ago. Then you get an email from them.  With trepidation, you open it. Your face flushes red hot. Jilted again!  They’re going to go with a candidate who has more experience in HR […]

Lean Six Sigma: Getting to the root cause of the problem

By Regu Regupathy, Master Black Belt, Rutgers University When something goes wrong, we want to identify the cause(s) of this outcome. We brainstorm, based on our experience/perception as to what caused the outcome. Let’s say your son brought home a poor report card. You and your spouse analyze the reasons why your son’s grades are […]

Lean Six Sigma & FMEA – Why you need to include FMEA in your project workflow

By Regu Regupathy, Master Black Belt, Rutgers University You and your team have defined, measured and analyzed a business process. You’ve gotten to the root causes of the process’ problem. You’ve brainstormed some high-impact improvements. OK – let’s implement those changes – GO! STOP! Are there any risks associated with your changes? How can you […]

The Accidental Project Manager – Managing Expectations

Part of the series “The Accidental Project Manager” By Dr. Surya Ganduri, Rutgers University Project management is all about delivery and the way you communicate details. You are the General, directing action on the front lines and every word of your strategy is critical. TAKE IT FROM THE TOP From Day One on a project, […]

The Accidental Project Manager – Taming the Scope Creep

Part of the series “The Accidental Project Manager” By Dr. Surya Ganduri, Rutgers University As business changes or a new stakeholder gets pulled into (or out of) a project — you may be required to have discussions about things that were 90% complete, or possibly already approved. This can kill morale, draw out timing, and […]

Master the Art of Project Planning

Part of the series “The Accidental Project Manager” By Dr. Surya Ganduri, Rutgers University Every project tells a story about its goals, team, timing, and deliverables. Some of those stories are short and to the point while others are epic novels rife with twists and turns. No matter the length or level of drama, every […]

The Art of Project Estimation

Part of the series “The Accidental Project Manager” By Dr. Surya Ganduri, Rutgers University No matter the size or budget, estimating a project can be a daunting task. Every project request comes with a mystical, gray area that makes the project manager nervous about expectations concerning cost, timelines and level of effort. Because the gray […]