Operations Management 571
August 28, 2010
There are multiple processes that we do in our daily lives that we would like to take a short amount of time to complete it. "A process is any part of an organization that takes inputs and transforms them into outputs that, it is hoped, are of greater value to the organization than the original inputs" (Chase, Jacobs, Aquilano, 2006, p. 154). Flowcharts are easy-to-understand by demonstrating step-by-step how to get from start to finish of a process. The daily process that I would like to take less time would be the process of getting ready for the day. Although this process is not very long, it would be very beneficial if I was able to reduce it to be done as quickly and effective as possible.
The main factor is this process is time. How much time do I have to complete my daily routine; if I do not have the right amount time to complete this process, when will I be able to complete the remaining parts of the process. There are some steps in the process that will take longer than others. When time is a factor, the decision on what steps will have to be completed at a later time will have to be determined. Not all of the steps will be to shorten to fit into an already time sensitive process.
Measure the Process
This process would be best measured by using efficiency and productivity. Efficiency is defined as "a ratio of the actual output of a process relative to some standard" (Chase, Jacobs, Aquilano, 2006, p. 173). The standard in this example would be the average time it takes to complete the entire process. Productivity is the output divided by input. When the input is more than the output, productivity is increased. If I were able to complete additional tasks in addition to the daily routine, it can be determined, based on the definition of the measurements that it was an efficient and productivity morning.