This book presents a practical way to build and improve business processes, and assists professionals whether they are learning the basics of business process improvement, planning their first improvement project, or evangelizing process oriented thinking throughout their organization.
Who should read this book?
This book is for Agile entrepreneurs, Leaders, QA (Quality Assurance) managers, Management consulting professionals, Production supervisors, Manufacturing heads, CEOs, Directors and all Managers involved in decision-making, directing their organization’s sustainability, profitability, and expansion. If you want some new ideas for improving your business and need to get your team involved then this concise self-help, business management book is for you.
This book is also for professionals who are interested in making a career change and wish to embrace business process management (bpm) role. This book simplifies 18 most promising business improvement methodologies, which would help executives; change management professionals improve business situations in their new role as a Business Analyst, Process Improvement, or Process Management Expert.
This book is also for graduate students, budding out of colleges and are in the process of stepping into the industrial world- be it manufacturing or a service industry. This book helps them learn the various methods by which they can improve their company’s business, which in turn would help their career growths.
Lastly, but not the least, this book is not body of knowledge (BoK) for certification exam. Rather, this book is for “all business readers” who wish to apply business improvement methodologies to their work place in most beneficial and practical ways.
What will you learn from this book?
In this book, you will learn about:
What is a business process? What are different types of business processes? Why improve a business process?
18 Business Process and Continuous Improvement methodologies such as Kaizen, 5S, Lean, Six Sigma, Capability maturity model integration (CMMI), ISO, Pareto’s model, Good manufacturing practises (GMP), Quality by Design (QbD), Just in time, Lean Six Sigma, Total quality management (TQM), Juran’s principle, Poka Yoke, CAPA, 8D, Balanced scorecard and Hoshin Kanri.
Advantages of each business improvement methodology. Precautions needed before implementing methodology at your workplace.
Strategic planning and risk assessments involved prior to implementing a business process improvement methodology.
References of their use by startups, small companies who later on became big corporate houses and Fortune 500 companies.
Tips to maximize positive results from executing business process improvement methodologies for your organization.
About the author: Shruti U. Bhat Ph.D, MBA, Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
Shruti is a Profitability Expert for over 18 years. She has successfully delivered more than 1000 successful innovation, business process design and continuous improvement projects to satisfied clients worldwide.
She has turned-around failing companies to successful enterprises, helped solve cash-flow problems, improved Operations/ Service levels and PROFITS.
More at www.DrShrutiBhat.com
What people get out of social media—and how businesses can get more out of it
Almost no one had heard of social media a decade ago, but today websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn have more than 1 billion users and account for almost 25 percent of Internet use. Practically overnight, social media seems indispensable to our lives—from friendship and dating to news and business.
What makes social media so different from traditional media? Answering that question is the key to making social media work for any business, argues Miko?aj Piskorski, one of the world's leading experts on the business of social media. In A Social Strategy, he provides the most convincing answer yet, one backed by original research, data, and case studies from companies such as Nike and American Express.
Drawing on his analysis of proprietary data from social media sites, Piskorski argues that the secret of successful ones is that they allow people to fulfill social needs that either can’t be met offline or can be met only at much greater cost. This insight provides the key to how companies can leverage social platforms to create a sustainable competitive advantage. Companies need to help people interact with each other before they will promote products to their friends or help companies in other ways. Done right, a company’s social media should benefit customers and the firm. Piskorski calls this "a social strategy," and he describes how companies such as Yelp and Zynga have done it.
Groundbreaking and important, A Social Strategy provides not only a story- and data-driven explanation for the explosion of social media but also an invaluable, concrete road map for any company that wants to tap the marketing potential of this remarkable phenomenon.
MVC (Model-View-Controller) is the popular Microsoft technology which enables you to build dynamic, data-driven, mobile websites, TDD site. Hands-On with ASP.NET MVC is not only written for those who are going to have affair with MVC for the 1st time, rather it is written in such a way that even experienced professional will love reading this book. This book covers all the tiny steps on using MVC at its best. With complete practical tutorials to illustrate the concepts, you will step by step build one End to End application which covers below mentioned techniques - Controllers, Views, Models, Forms and HTML helpers, Data annotation and Validation, Membership, Authorization, Security rather you will also learn how to bootstrap your design, then how to host the app in AZURE, Web API and Dependency Injection. It also covers MVC 5 and MVC 6 features like, • Mobile optimization, • Improved Scaffolding, • ASP.Net Identity, • One ASP.Net, Bootstrap • Common framework for MVC, • Web API and WebPages, • Self hosting, • Cloud Optimized, • No Build Dependency, • Cross platform support, • And many more out of the box things.
From the bestselling author of A More Beautiful Question, hundreds of big and small questions that harness the magic of inquiry to tackle challenges we all face--at work, in our relationships, and beyond.
When confronted with almost any demanding situation, the act of questioning can help guide us to smart decisions. By asking questions, we can analyze, learn, and move forward in the face of uncertainty. But "questionologist" Warren Berger says that the questions must be the right ones; the ones that cut to the heart of complexity or enable us to see an old problem in a fresh way.
In The Book of Beautiful Questions, Berger shares illuminating stories and compelling research on the power of inquiry. Drawn from the insights and expertise of psychologists, innovators, effective leaders, and some of the world's foremost creative thinkers, he presents the essential questions readers need to make the best choices when it truly counts, with a particular focus in four key areas: decision-making, creativity, leadership, and relationships.
The powerful questions in this book can help you:
- Identify opportunities in your career or industry
- Generate fresh ideas in business or in your own creative pursuits
- Check your biases so you can make better judgments and decisions
- Do a better job of communicating and connecting with the people around you
Thoughtful, provocative, and actionable, these beautiful questions can be applied immediately to bring about change in your work or your everyday life.
Thom Hartmann, the most popular progressive radio host in America and a New York Times bestselling author, looks at the history of the battle against oligarchy in America—and how we can win the latest round.
Billionaire oligarchs want to own our republic, and they're nearly there thanks to legislation and Supreme Court decisions that they have essentially bought. They put Trump and his political allies into office and support a vast network of think tanks, publications, and social media that every day push our nation closer and closer to police-state tyranny.
The United States was born in a struggle against the oligarchs of the British aristocracy, and ever since then the history of America has been one of dynamic tension between democracy and oligarchy. And much like the shock of the 1929 crash woke America up to glaring inequality and the ongoing theft of democracy by that generation's oligarchs, the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has laid bare how extensively oligarchs have looted our nation's economic system, gutted governmental institutions, and stolen the wealth of the former middle class.
Thom Hartmann traces the history of this struggle against oligarchy from America's founding to the United States' war with the feudal Confederacy to President Franklin Roosevelt's struggle against “economic royalists,” who wanted to block the New Deal. In each of those cases, the oligarchs lost the battle. But with increasing right-wing control of the media, unlimited campaign contributions, and a conservative takeover of the judicial system, we're at a crisis point.
Now is the time for action, before we flip into tyranny. We've beaten the oligarchs before, and we can do it again. Hartmann lays out practical measures we can take to break up media monopolies, limit the influence of money in politics, reclaim the wealth stolen over decades by the oligarchy, and build a movement that will return control of America to We the People.
"Secrets of Price Optimization Revealed!"
Let me take you back five years for a moment. While I was working on my online business with about 12 months of experience and one measly website under my belt, I discovered something that was so significant, from the day I found this (by accident might I add) I never did business in the same way again.
Because of this one simple fact, my profits immediately, and to this date have been multiplied by 10 times! All at a cost of oh.. lets see.. 60 seconds of my time per day. That’s a pretty painless way to get yourself such a significant increase in the size of your monthly paycheck.
So how did it happen and what does it mean
for your business? I’ll tell you..
So I thought hey, I’m going to see if I can get enough cash for a laptop, I’m going to increase my price ten fold in an ethical manner just once, just for that night, so I did. On waking up the next morning I was hoping to open up my e-mails and see enough cash to buy myself a shiny new laptop.
What I actually got however was unimaginable, something that knocked me off my chair quite literally.
I *accidentally* earned enough to buy myself 6 brand spanking new top of the range laptops. A complete accident that I’ve been studying and honing for the past five years, and finally, I have it sussed. I know what makes it work, why it works, how it works and how it can be applied to almost any online business with miniscule time investments on the part of the owner, and no cash what-so-ever.
* Discover how I increased the sale price of my first product by ten times and still made four times more sales than I had at the lower price. Are you charging too little for the products you put your all into creating?
* Pricing strategies and the bigger picture. How do you select the price at which you’re going to sell your products? By looking at the competition most people would reply. There are however several more factors that I’ll discuss with you that can allow you to charge five times what your competition is charging and still outsell them by an incredible amount. (It’s tips like these that force me to limit the number of a product I’ll sell).
* Times have changed, did you keep up? Pricing strategies are changing, and they’re changing faster than ever before. Most can’t keep up, or don’t know whether they’re too expensive or too cheap. I’m going to show you exactly why you can almost never be too expensive and how to spot it before taking a sales hit when you are.
* Why I’m banning some marketing words. The language you use in your sales material might actually be casting a negative light on your products and services with regards to their price, so much so that I banned them from my vocabulary. I’ll show you why if you ban them from yours too, your sales can skyrocket in a matter of days.
* Learn the truth about trials and lead generation. Not sure how to go about getting leads, but still be making sales at the same time without interrupting your sales process? Not sure what to charge for your trial, or how you can even adapt a trial to your business in the first place? We’ll talk through these points here.
* Get your customers talking. Adding value to your product isn’t all about pre-sales marketing buzz words that get your customers to buy your products once. Learn the ‘little something extra’ method that substantially increased my backend sales and repeat custom, techniques that I’m confident can do the same for any online business.
* Bonuses done right. Everyone offers bonuses for their products nowadays, but I can tell you right now that at least half of them are devaluing their products by doing so. I’ll show you why I know this is the case, and how you can avoid it negatively effecting your sales.
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