Make a big two-dimensional matrix–people on one axis and process on another. That’s a map of your company, with a product arrow popping out of the output window. When Six Sigma looks at organization, they see the three elements of a company’s quality system, people, process and product. They call it, “The 3P Approach to Quality.” Quality efforts should cast a cold, detached eye on each of these three elements to gain an overall performance improvement. Continue Reading
There are times when your in-house employees aren’t enough. Not because they aren’t good at their jobs. They have strong abilities and a professional work ethic. They’re a pleasure to work with and can learn quickly and collaborate effectively with each other. However, there are some situations where you’ll need outside assistance.
This could be for a project you need to complete within a few months, or for a specific business goal that you plan to reach by the end of the year.
In these scenarios, even if you already have a team of topnotch in-house employees, you may want to rely on staff augmentation. By supplementing your employees’ abilities with contributions from outsourced professionals, you can fill gaps in skills and reach your goals more quickly. Continue Reading
Smartphones are among the technologies revolutionizing businesses. Their increasing sophistication and capabilities allow you to carry out all kinds of meaningful work, at any time of day and from virtually any location.
However, you need to ask yourself if you’re making the best use of your phone. Are there capabilities on your phone that you haven’t considered, and are there apps or features you’ve overlooked? Continue Reading
Despite all the publicity for Windows 10, many people are still using earlier versions of Windows. If your computer is more than a couple of years old, you may still be using Windows 7, 8, or another version. Upgrading isn’t difficult, but many people simply haven’t bothered. There are, however, quite a few advantages to using the latest version of Windows. Here are 7 reasons why it’s a good idea to upgrade to Windows 10. Continue Reading
We all know about the classic USB connector, called Standard A or USB-A. We know that no matter which way we turn it, it will be upside down the first time we try to plug it in. Now it’s giving way to USB-C, which has no wrong orientation. Whichever way it’s turned works. The cable uses the same connector at both ends, so you don’t have to hunt for one that matches the device at the other end, the way you do with USB-A. Continue Reading
At a recent conference held by the Minnesota Better Business Bureau, experts from all over the nation gathered to discuss a projected epidemic associated with data theft and growing concerns among both small and big businesses like. According to the FBI, a reported 250% increase in data theft has occurred since 2015 alone. Experts estimate that these changing risks could cost small businesses a whopping $7,000 out-of-pocket after insurance coverage claims when affected. Continue Reading
If there’s one constant that businesses have to wrestle with, it’s rapid change. The demands of quickly developing new products and services are intense. Technological and economic changes make for a business environment where sitting still isn’t ever possible. Opportunities for new projects are regularly cropping up, along with obstacles and challenges you need to confront on short notice.
Thriving and outpacing competitors means you need the best team of employees working for you and furthering your business goals.
One approach businesses take to help their employees through this ever-changing environment is finding effective ways to train them in new skills and assist them with absorbing knowledge.
Another approach that can be taken simultaneously with training your own employees is staff augmentation. You hire outside experts for projects that demand their unique skill set. These professionals can help you attain particular objectives and successfully complete and follow-up on special projects. Continue Reading
As businesses continue to grow more and more, notice that many companies have become virtual, and are essentially operating their entire organization from a computer or smartphone. With the latter, especially, mobile devices have become a major factor in the workplace, and there are several reasons why. First of all, with these devices at hand, it’s very easy to access your data from anywhere. After all, you don’t always have to be in the office, and you can even operate directly from your device if you’re traveling on the road. Continue Reading
People really value their cellphones and devices.
A survey conducted by Lookout and IDG Research found that when phones are lost or stolen, victims will go to great lengths to get them back. Half of the victims would pay $500 and one-third would pay $1,000 to get them back. Two-thirds of theft victims also express willingness to put themselves at physical risk to regain their devices.
It’s not the devices themselves that are so valuable, but the data stored on them. Not all the data on smartphones is valuable to anyone but the owner, but some is. It is important to securely wipe phone or computer personal content when you sell or abandon your devices. It can be the very outline needed for very convincing identity theft or direct meddling in such things as the owner’s bank account or even his or her personal relationships. Continue Reading