Take this challenge:
Are Operations keeping pace with Sales?
By Dr. Sharon Gotteiner
If you feel the heat between Sales and Operations then the company is evolving and has an opportunity to grow bigger. Can you help getting everyone to sail in the same direction and speed?
They say that when babies grow teeth, they experience the highest levels of pain they will ever suffer. Similarly, businesses growth is a blessing, but it can potentially involve a lot of pain. That’s how human and business evolution works. It’s a blessing, but we all need to cope with that. That’s what this challenge is targeting. Here are some examples of situations that may indicate the “operational growth” challenge. If any of these things listed below sound familiar, take up this challenge:
The first element you must take out is blame. Current operational processes may still be designed to handle lower capacity sales or are assigned with insufficient resources. Some work could have been done if such higher levels of demand were reflected on the very first annual budget (right, the one that preceded the updated one). Now you all must work it out as a group.
Second, identify the most disastrous situation you suffer as a result of the expedited flow of orders. What is it? Can you express it as a measurement of any key performance indicator (KPI)? What operational process is responsible for that KPI? That’s the process you should prioritize for adjustments.
Third, get a better understanding of the challenges such a process is presenting. You can do this by drilling down and taking the worst cases that pulls down the KPI used earlier. Study these cases and try to figure out how such cases can be avoided. Specifically, consider:
Your insights and practical proposal will be much appreciated. Good luck!
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