I unwittingly walked into the middle of a spontaneous retail experiment yesterday. As I entered the New Orleans convention center on my way to the SHRM conference I saw a long line. At first I figured it was for registration. As I followed the line with my eyes to the beginning I realized it was … Continue reading What is the Starbucks experience worth?
Let’s start with some background. We were working with a client to help them understand how effectively they were using labor hours in their Distribution Center. This organization’s employees are paid hourly and considered full time. Similar to most clients, they were tracking Regular, OT and Absence hours by employee. Looking at the data summarized … Continue reading Do you track regular time, absences and overtime? Are you getting this insight from your data?
We recently met with an operations executive that was confronting one of the more vexing issues a manager faces. An employee told her there is a rumor going around that employees are swapping shifts with each other to increase their pay. In this organization, anyone who is not scheduled to work but then works is … Continue reading Visualizing Schedule “Tradesies”
Over the past 18 months I have learned a lot about analytics and big data, especially applied to the workforce. I spend a fair amount of my time speaking to customers, analysts and the media and besides the most common question of “do you have any examples you can share” I get asked about the … Continue reading The data scientists behind the scenes and how they put a spotlight on dark data
If you are reading this, you are probably aware that I authored a book a couple of years ago by the name of Lean Labor. Its purpose was to apply the philosophy and techniques of Lean specifically to paying and managing the workforce. I’m pleased to announce that the American Payroll Association (APA) has taken … Continue reading American Payroll Association Launches its Lean Labor Course
Everyone knows that labor costs show up on the income statement, but the same workforce can’t be found on the balance sheet. It’s considered an intangible asset and does not earn a line on the balance sheet. Did you know that there is another intangible asset that has similar qualities? It’s the data your company … Continue reading Forget 1 + 1 = 3, I’ll show you how 0 + 0 = 1 million
It’s been a busy couple of months, and I’ve been learning quite a bit about business intelligence, big data and the opportunities and challenges in this space. One area that has been a frequent topic is predictive analytics. As a lean guy, anything that promises improved business results by predicting the future immediately makes me … Continue reading The case for (and against) predictive analytics
I just returned from Kronos’ first customer conference in Mumbai. It’s an exciting time for the Kronos India team as they now have over 100 customers locally. During the week Narendra Modi took office as the new Prime Minister. The media and citizens have an optimistic vibe. Modi’s messages include increased transparency, eliminating nepotism and … Continue reading India poised for a new age
How frustrating to walk off the production floor after a grueling variance meeting and see office workers surfing the web or standing around having a cup of coffee. Even worse, urgent engineering change or variance requests disappear into the ether unless they are constantly expedited. How about customers waiting for weeks to obtain an answer … Continue reading Those office workers have it made
Most of us have one ultimate goal in our work. For those with a Lean bent, it might be to increase customer value. For Operations it could be to achieve the perfect order or in Payroll, deliver the perfect paycheck. The CEO however, has the objective of achieving two goals. The first is success in … Continue reading The CEO’s Balancing Act