Archive for November 30, 2017

K.I.S.S. and Process Steps

As we continue our discussions around the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Sweetheart) approach and how it assists with sustainability, let’s look at some hints for keeping process steps simple.

Here are some questions to consider as you assess the steps to perform a process:

  • Is there a lot of “back and forth” between process Participants? Does someone “touch” the process multiple times throughout the process? If so, are there ways to streamline that back and forth effort?
  • Does it take more than 3 people to perform a process? Are there ways to reduce or combine those involved with performing the steps?
  • Have you combined multiple processes into one? Is this compromising the process efficiency or its effectiveness?

Considering these questions will help to implement K.I.S.S. within your organization.

Do you need help with streamlining your processes? Contact Charlene Aldridge at 972.447.9787 or CharleneAldridge@aldridgekerr.com to discuss how we can assist you.

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K.I.S.S. and Communication

In our most recent newsletter, we discussed how the K.I.S.S.. (Keep It Simple, Sweetheart) approach can enhance a Company’s ability to maintain sustainability. One area where the K.I.S.S. approach can be used is the methods of communication.

Here are some examples as to how communication and the K.I.S.S. approach work well together:

  • Write at a 5th grade level. The goal is for your reader to quickly capture your message, whether it is through marketing material, policies & procedures, or any other written communication. Using complex terms or phrases will often compromise the understanding by the reader.
  • Avoid acronyms without explanation. This can be a mine field as it can cause so much confusion. If you must use acronyms, be sure to explain what they represent.
  • Be consistent in your use of terms and phrases. Do not attempt to be creative. The reader will become confused if you reference something using different terms or phrases.

These simple techniques enhance communication that ultimately encourages sustainability.

Unsure how to implement K.I.S.S. within your organization? Contact Charlene Aldridge at 972.447.9787 or CharleneAldridge@aldridgekerr.com to discuss how we can assist you.

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