Companies experienced in the application of Lean and Six Sigma
techniques have for some time recognized the compatibility and power of combining these approaches under the umbrella of a single business improvement program. There is a natural linkage between Lean and Six Sigma both at the program-level as well as the project execution level. The strength of the Six Sigma program infrastructure, roles and responsibilities definition, top-to-bottom organization training and development, project tracking and financial accountability improve the effectiveness of Lean efforts and the speed at which they can be deployed. Six Sigma tools and methodology provide Lean the means to resolve critical process bottlenecks that impede flow – by eliminating process variability and minimizing process defects.
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Bechtel is a great example of the “enterprise cloud” version of Cloud Computing – building its own enterprise cloud rather than using a cloud computing service provider. With projects in 50 countries around the world, and teams collaborating around the clock, Bechtel’s challenge is to operate a seamless Project Service Network (PSN) authorizing employees, contractors, customers, and partners to access their global network with any device at any time through an Internet portal.
There were two main challenges to IT service delivery: 1) the distributed nature of global project execution, and 2) people – enabling collaboration between permanent and temporary employees, as well as vendors, customers, partners, even competitors. Click here to read more…
The case examines the open source innovation process at Mozilla Corporation (Mozilla), the company that introduced the second most popular internet browser – Firefox. The case begins explaining the way Mozilla came into existence.
Later, it discusses the manner in which the company managed its various projects that had active contribution of developer community, both in strategic decision making and project execution. The case also discusses in detail, the marketing efforts of Mozilla to promote the open source software products. The case concludes by providing a glimpse into the future prospects of the company and the competition it faces. Click here to read more…