Operational Excellence

The Bike-Shed Effect

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COURSE OVERVIEW

Solving difficult problems is hard work - and often, individuals and teams can fall into the trap of Bike-Shedding - that is to say, focusing on trivial things at the expense of more important things. Learn how to recognize the signs of Bike-Shedding and what to do about it.

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KEY CONCEPTS

  • The case of the nuclear power plant and a bike shed

  • Parkinson’s Law of Triviality

  • Bike-shedding at its finest (worst)

  • How to invoke the Bike-Shed metaphor

  • How to stop Bike-Shedding

  • How to tackle difficult tasks efficiently

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Discuss how Parkinson’s Law of Triviality shows up at your work space

  • Learn and practice tools to identify and prevent bike-shedding

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High Performance

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

High performing organizations understand the vital role of cooperation, coordination, and strong systems. This course helps teams identify areas where they can strengthen alignment, identify vital behaviors that contribute to operational excellence, and what’s needed to succeed. High performance not only signals strong teamwork, it embodies it.

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KEY CONCEPTS

  • Team/coordination object lesson

  • An historical look at operational efficiency

  • Then & now; what’s needed to succeed

  • Diagnose breakdown in performance

  • Clarify vital behaviors to close performance gaps

  • Achieve team alignment

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Delegation

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Letting go of certain tasks can be difficult - but it’s necessary if teams and business is to grow. In this module, explore some easy-to-implement methods of delegation with your team and watch your time and productivity multiply.

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KEY CONCEPTS

  • What industry leaders have to say about delegation

  • Signs your team is not delegating enough

  • What delegation isn’t

  • Delegation self-assessment

  • Understand the return on time invested (in delegating)

  • Delegation decision tree

  • Group exercise that helps team uncover better ways of delegating

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