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Building a team of data analysts is a top priority for many organizations. Find the right fit by developing from the inside.
Innovation myths stunt performance
There are many misunderstandings about innovation and not even the experts agree on which myths to debunk. But here are 7 common ones.
Separation Principles help resolve physical contradictions
Separation principles help when some physical contradiction stands between you and an innovation.
Are You Being Misled by Customers or Inspired by Them?
How can any organization create solutions that are inspired by the true customer needs and win in the marketplace?
4 Classes of Problem Solving
Every improvement or innovation is the result of solving some important problem.
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Change sees experts come and go, theories develop and evolve, yet few organizations are ever satisfied with their change efforts.
Explore the structured approach of Rapid Innovation Cycles to bring a repeatable process—and higher success rate—to innovation.
Library book choices
Start the new year out right by making a plan to read more. Here are some recommended reads to get you started.
Creative Lightbulb
All people can be creative—in their own way. See for yourself in these examples based on the Kirton Adaption-Innovation Theory.
Bob Norris
No matter your business, listening to the customer is essential for success. Find out how to listen better and grow your business.
Master Black Belts
If you're thinking of becoming a Master Black Belt or advancing the skills of your team, explore these resources and FAQs to lean more.
Considerations for eLearning options
To help demystify the decision-making process, our team pulled out a short list of things to consider when comparing eLearning courses.
One misconception of Hoshin is that it creates a lot of paperwork
Don't let these three misconceptions stand in your way of exploring an effective method for your strategic planning and execution.
A powerful problem solving methodology, Lean empowers employees to strive for a culture of continuous improvement.
six sigma world cloud
Six Sigma is a data-driven problem solving methodology that becomes part of long-term cultural transformation.
Mining the Business Model for Innovation Opportunities
To create long-lasting competitive advantage, look across your business model for innovation opportunities.
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Interested in ASQ certification? Read this comparison of BMGI and ASQ Green and Black Belt certification exams.
Green Belt doing data analysis
Green Belts carry Lean Six Sigma deeper into the organization. Explore the Green Belt role and what you can expect from BMGI’s program.
Black Belt leading a team meeting
Black Belts are change agents and dedicated problem solvers. Learn about their role and what you can expect from BMGI's program.
Lean Leader coaching team members
Lean Leaders embrace and champion continuous improvement throughout their organization. Learn more about the role and BMGI's program.
Lean Masters graduate prepared to lead continuous improvement efforts
Lean Masters are expert leaders of Lean efforts, driving the organization toward the future state. Explore these FAQs to learn more.
A coach keeps you motivated to reach your full potential
Everyone needs a coach at some point to cheer them on and reach their full potential.
People starting a value stream mapping exercise
The value stream map is a simple yet effective tool to identify issues preventing an efficient, value-added process.
Using a decision tree and shared language to understand an opportunity and what project to run
A simple decision tree and the consistent use of language can drive the required shared understanding of a strategic initiative.
Lean Agile Scrum Masters lead teams to produce working software faster
Lean Agile provides a solid framework for developing value-added solutions. Learn about BMGI's program and Scrum Master certification.
Getting better at strategy involves knowledge, insights and intuition
A strategic thinker learns how to plan for what is possible and to be prepared to react to the improbable.
Recommend books for inspiring great leadership in 2016
Read these books recommended by BMGI CEO David Silverstein to inspire great leadership in 2016.
Tools are important but effecting real change isn't about the tools or even the methods.
Affinity diagrams, sometimes called the KJ method, are one of the most useful tools for organizing and displaying brainstormed inputs.
We interviewed top CEOs to create a list of the Top 10 Problems businesses will attempt to solve in 2015. Here is what we found.
Too many businesses have become technology-oriented rather than problem-and-solution oriented.
The cause-and-effect diagram, or fishbone diagram, helps teams brainstorm and capture possible causes to a problem.
With a long history in performance excellence, BMGI believes in a holistic approach. Learn about our framework and how it compares.
Simply put, a narrative is a story. And like any good story, it engages the reader in the why, the how and the what.
A business system is designed to connect all of an organization’s intricate parts and interrelated steps.
Performance excellence is designed to break down silo-ed thinking.
DataMasters
Are you interested in building your data analytics capability? Then DataMaster is for you.
Taking the time to thoroughly analyze who your stakeholders are and what their issues may be is essential to project success.
Keep key people informed and head off resistance on your project.
Business leaders at any level agree: Managing change is critical for success in any improvement or transformation effort.
Innovation is the key competency—the most important skill set—of strategically driven enterprises.
The value in a plan is not the plan itself—it’s the planning that went into it. Good planning means we are ready…for anything.
How many times have we heard it? “We had a good strategy, but we didn’t manage the change very well.”
The published evidence is overwhelming: Innovation is a key driver both for growth and for the continued adaptation of businesses.
Have you ever wondered why it is so easy for improved processes to go back to how they were performing before improvement?
When we play, we create fresh and new meanings expressing our creativity and the diversity of our problem solving styles.
Operational Excellence plays a role in ensuring your strategic plan is being executed by the entire organization.
Companies often pick and choose only the parts they want to use, developing metrics with no plan to make them actionable.
Without all six system factors in place, successful transformational change is unlikely.

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