My brother has a theory that any sentence that starts with "You would think..." or "Shouldn't things be this way...." is usually a loaded statement and/or a utopian emoting prelude. In blogging, I have discovered that any sentence that starts with "I don't usually promote xxxx..." is a sign that a vendor based website/report/etc is coming. With that being stated....
I don't usually "pimp" a vendor based approach to anything. However, I also don't believe that you should reinvent the wheel. Deming borrowed from Shewhart. Six Sigma, no matter how much they claim otherwise, borrowed from Deming. And, on an onâ€¦.
This framework from Cognos...err... IBM provides a good foundation for organizations that are more finance department based with their improvement goals. Again, don't blindly follow what they have to offer, but it gives a great start for an organization looking to start in this direction.
NOTE - The Cognos FPM uses the same type of closed loop, iterative improvement process(es) that look like they come straight from Deming or Six Sigma.... :)
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