6 dimensions of optimisation

Pinched with gratitude from Bob Lewis and stored here for future reference:

[To improve] organizational effectiveness, [rank these six dimensions] in order of importance for each business function targeted for attention:

  • Fixed cost – the cost of turning the lights on before any work gets done
  • Incremental cost – the cost of processing one more item
  • Cycle time – how much time elapses processing one item from start to finish
  • Throughput – [capacity;] how much work the function churns out in a unit of time ...
  • Quality – the absence of defects
  • Excellence – [whatever makes the output of the process a desirable thing, ie features, flexibility, robustness]

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