Thursday, December 18, 2014

VIDEO: CIOs and Digital Business Transformation

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Download: 6 Sigma Practitioner Reference

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This presentation is a 6 sigma training document of a major consulting firm.

The contents include: Definitions, Background and Benefits, Scope and Organization, Focus Areas:Designed Experiment Example, Sample Six Sigma Firms, Books and Software.

Appendix: Six Sigma Problem Solving and Statistical Tools.

Download: Six Sigma Overview

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In today's competitive environment, organizations must delight their customers and relentlessly look for new ways to exceed their expectations. To accomplish this, Six Sigma Quality has to become a part of an organization's culture. Six Sigma provides a rigorous and structured approach to help organizations improve their performance in meeting their customers' requirements.

Developed by a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, this training presentation introduces you to the Six Sigma philosophy, methodology and tools and the infrastructure for successful Six Sigma deployment without delving too much into statistics. It includes applications of Six Sigma in manufacturing, process and service industries, step-by-step DMAIC (Define-Measure-Analyse-Improve-Control) improvement approach, phase description and deliverables, and roles of the Leadership team, Champion, Process Owner, Black Belt and Green Belt.


1. Explain how Six Sigma improves business performance
2. Describe the Six Sigma philosophy and approach to continuous improvement
3. Define process variability
4. Describe the DMAIC improvement methodology
5. Recognize which Six Sigma tools to use for a particular problem
6. Identify Six Sigma roles and responsibilities, project selection and project management to realize the benefits


1. Overview of Six Sigma
2. Key Concepts of Six Sigma
3. Applications of Six Sigma in Industries
4. Six Sigma DMAIC Methodology
5. Six Sigma Toolkit
6. Organizing for Six Sigma
7. Project Selection and Management
8. Critical Success Factors


Download: Lean Six Sigma DMAIC Storyboard Template

Source: Flevy

This is a PowerPoint template to compile a report or storyboard for Green and Black Belts based on the Lean Six Sigma DMAIC methodology.

Simply follow the guidelines in the slides and insert your own content. Illustrations are provided so that you will quickly know at a glance what is required under each phase of the LSS DMAIC problem solving process. A list of deliverables is provided in each phase which is helpful in guiding you what to include in the report or storyboard.

To have a better understanding of the concepts and practices of Lean Six Sigma, please check out our Lean and Six Sigma training presentations.

Download: Stakeholder Analysis Matrix

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Identifying the main stakeholders and their level of influence can be vital to the success of your project. Stakeholder analysis involves recognizing individuals and groups with the power to either sway or make a key decision.

Mapping can be used to get a deeper understanding of the position and motive of each stakeholder involved in the decision making process. Use the Stakeholder Analysis Matrix to identify key stakeholders, evaluate their interest, power, support level and flexibility. Automatically generate a Decision Support Quotient, and view the Stakeholder Analysis Map that graphically represents each stakeholder?s position.

Here is an action plan for this tool:

1. Prepare a Stakeholder Analysis ? Use this Stakeholder Analysis Matrix to assess the influence and buy in of key stakeholders.

2. Identify Risks & Threats ? Examine your Stakeholder Analysis Map to determine which stakeholders could be a threat to project success.

3. Develop Action Items ? based on your analysis, develop action items and key success factors for each stakeholder and follow up to monitor progress.

4. Update your Matrix ? when new information related to interest, power, support level, and flexibility is learned, update your stakeholder matrix/map.

5. Communicate with Project Team ? share your results on a weekly basis.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Download: Product Lifecycle

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Product Lifecycle Analysis is an invaluable tool for developing a robust product marketing strategy. Marketers and strategists can use this analysis to predict sales growth, associated customer and competitor behaviors, and, in turn, devise the appropriate product marketing strategy.

The Product Lifecycle itself it divided into 4 stages of development:
* Introduction
* Growth
* Maturity (and Saturation)
* Decline (and Termination)

The length of each period varies tremendously. Some products have very short cycles, whereas others can take decades or even centuries to go through the cycle. The lifecycle can be mapped against the consumer adoption curve, where the peak of the curve generally occurs in the Maturity stage of the Product Lifecycle.

This document details a 5-phase approach to proper Product Lifecycle Analysis and draws out key strategic insights at each stage of the lifecycle. Additional concepts discussed include:
* Consumer Adoption Curve
* Bass Diffusion Model
* Lifecycle-Performance Factor Matrix
* Strategic Positioning
* Substitution Analysis

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Download: Pricing a Consulting Project

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This presentation discusses the basic principles behind designing and pricing a management consulting type project.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Download: IT Implementation Business Case


This is a presentation template laying out the business case for an IT implementation. Templates and diagrams were created for 2 different templates: 1) 3-options of do nothing, upgrade, or buy and 2) 2-options of build or buy. Most of the slides are focused on the 3-option scenario.

Consulting Magazine (December 2014 Issue) - The 2014 Women Leaders in Consulting

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December 2014

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Consulting Magazine (November 2014 Issue) - Cover Me

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November 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Download: Motivation Theories


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This presentation is a compilation of PowerPoint descriptions and diagrams used to convey eight of the most popular motivation theories and models.

Contents include the following:

1. Introduction to Motivation Theories

2. Content Theories of Motivation
     - Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
     - Alderfer's ERG Theory
     - Herzberg's Two-Factor Theory
     - McClelland's Acquired Needs Theory

3. Process Theories of Motivation

     - Adams' Equity Theory
     - Vroom's Expectancy Theory
     - Locke's Goal-Setting Theory

4. Reinforcement Theory of Motivation

     - Skinner's Reinforcement Theory

5. Challenges of Motivation in the New Workplace

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Download: Structured Thinking 101: Clarity Through Storylines


Clarity is critical in business communication of all kinds, yet difficult to achieve.

This pack outlines five clear steps that will enable you to clarify your thinking for both yourself and your audience while preparing any kind of communication, from emails through to board papers, complex reports and white papers.

The five step process, informed by the Minto Pyramid Principle and more than 40 years combined communication consulting experience, has been proven to work in a wide range of consulting and business settings.

This pack was prepared by Team Neosi, a group of communication specialists who were initially trained by McKinsey & Company and who now consult to a wide range of corporate, consulting and government clients globally. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

VIDEO: Lead People Through Business Changes - Fundamentals of the AIM Methodology

Source: IMA Worldwide

Consulting Magazine (September 2014 Issue) - The 2014 Best Firms To Work For

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September 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Download: Effective Presentation through Storyboarding


Number of Slides: 63

This document teaches the basics of developing an effective business presentation based on the storyboarding approach.

Storyboarding refers to developing the "story" that the presentation will follow. This document presents the A3 storyboard format which was developed by Toyota and used by many consulting firms and other organizations.

Download: Key Strategy & Management Models


Number of Slides: 182 

This presentation is a collection of PowerPoint diagrams and templates used to convey 40 different strategy, marketing and business management models and frameworks every manager and consultant needs to know.