Category Archives: Resources

11 Tips to Becoming a Process Map Pro

At Fireside Insights, we like to share tools that we constantly use in our work lives. As someone whose job revolves around conducting gemba walks and sketching process flows, I have gotten to become more proficient at building process maps which are diagrams that display the workflow of a process or series of processes. Just as you would present quantitative data in a visual format that is easier for your audience to ingest and interpret, the same should go for qualitative data. Instead of a numbered list detailing each step, a process map can more clearly show the relationship between processes and any concurrent or dependent steps.  Continue reading 11 Tips to Becoming a Process Map Pro

Keyboard Shortcuts to Make Your Life Easier (for Mac and PC)

When you’re hitting the pedal to the metal on a project, the key is to work smarter and not harder. Over the years, I have come across tons of keyboard shortcuts by accident. In case you haven’t discovered the full power of your keyboard, check out these commonly used shortcuts that are bound to make your life a lot easier. Continue reading Keyboard Shortcuts to Make Your Life Easier (for Mac and PC)

Going Lean: Setting SMART Goals

Two weeks ago, I recommended a few books about business and entrepreneurship, and Eric Ries’ Lean Startup made it to that list. Ries’ approach to entrepreneurship heavily relies on Lean manufacturing, a management philosophy derived from the Toyota Production System in the 1990s when Toyota identified seven wastes (“muda”) to eliminate to improve overall customer value.

You can apply Lean tools to most aspects of your life; you don’t have to be in manufacturing or management to streamline processes. This week, we’ll discuss setting achievable and clear goals using the SMART goals method.  Continue reading Going Lean: Setting SMART Goals

4 Free Tools to Become a Great Project Manager

Managing a team-based project can be daunting. Communicating with your team members, sharing files, assigning tasks, tracking deadlines, and monitoring progress is overwhelming to do without the proper tools, but I have learned the value of using the following apps to stay organized and manage team members’ responsibilities. Continue reading 4 Free Tools to Become a Great Project Manager

4 Books about Business and Entrepreneurship You Should Read

Among other things, “lifelong learning” is a core value of my alma mater, and what better way is there to learn than to read the personal accounts of today’s preeminent entrepreneurs and businesspeople. Read about Eric Ries’ lean manufacturing approach to managing a startup, Tim Ferriss’ collection of business tips and lessons from other innovators, and more from Adam Grant and the the Gaineses from HGTV’s Fixer Upper.  Continue reading 4 Books about Business and Entrepreneurship You Should Read