Month: March 2018

Human or Chatbot? Declare Yourself!

Posted on 23 March 2018 by Sarah Lethbridge

’m watching the television right now and after the advert break the programme titles return and a large letter P looms in the top right-hand corner of the screen. Now I know that this stands for ‘promotion’ and that products featured within the programme have paid to be there. So now I’m on product placement
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GDPR-ositivity

Posted on 23 March 2018 by Sarah Lethbridge

I heard the letters G, D, P and R together for the first time in April 2017 at a Breakfast Briefing that the Business School organised about the DVLA’s digital strategy. After sharing the progress that it has made towards reaching 100% of its services being offered digitally, the DVLA’s Service Manager then turned to
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Right to Left Technology Thinking

Posted on 23 March 2018 by Sarah Lethbridge

One of the first things I learned when I joined the Lean Enterprise Research Centre (LERC) in 2005 was the power of understanding that, as work is completed in organizations, it moves horizontally across functions and departments. A strange thing to say perhaps, but prior to that point I’d had job after job where (I
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The Intangible Balance Scorecard

Posted on 23 March 2018 by Sarah Lethbridge

Since Robert Kaplan and David Norton’s hugely successful Balance Scorecard approach to strategic business management, first published in the Harvard Business Review in 1992, organizations have sought to measure a variety of different aspects of performance. While there are many different elements of a business to measure, ‘Quality, Cost and Delivery’ has always been a
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Lessons in Innovation

Posted on 23 March 2018 by Sarah Lethbridge

he other week, I decided to take some time out and attend the Chartered Association of Business School’s Executive Education symposium. Like most of us, I had lots to do, including arranging early morning and early evening childcare around my daughter’s nursery, but knew that I hadn’t touched base with what the community was doing for some time, so
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Diversity Within the Digital Board

Posted on 23 March 2018 by Sarah Lethbridge

When contemplating the composition of progressive digital boards, it’s relatively easy to draw up a wish list. You’d want a board to possess a mixture of managerial acumen and technical ability, fashionable youth and seasoned experience, specialised knowledge, plus a global perspective. Ideally, any successful board should be balanced where individuals’ personal strengths and weaknesses counteract those
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E-Efficiency and E-Effectiveness

Posted on 23 March 2018 by Sarah Lethbridge

It is my firm belief that public services can be at the cutting edge of digital developments. In a previous BVEX blog I eulogized about the savings in both customer time and actual cost that came from the Passport Office sharing digital information with the DVLA.  Yet despite so much excellent practice, there is still
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Confront Waste to Innovate!

Posted on 23 March 2018 by Sarah Lethbridge

It appears that innovation, while far from a new concept, is now the hotly sought after ‘ingredient’ that organisations are desperate to harness, adopt, nurture and grow. I have been immersed in lean thinking since 2005, and a couple of years ago I had a revelation about one of the most basics of lean concepts,
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