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Minimize numerical involvement

Too many cooks spoil the broth

Minimize the number of departments, groups and persons involved in a business process

Reijers, H., & Liman Mansar, S. (2005). Best practices in business process redesign: an overview and qualitative evaluation of successful redesign heuristics. Omega, 33(4)

category: Organization
class: Resource Rules
frameworkAspect: Org-.structure
perspective: organizational/resource


Performance considerations

Employing this approach should mitigate coordination issues. Time saved on coordination can be allocated to case processing. Decreasing department count could reduce shared responsibilities, akin to the split responsibilities approach. Yet, it might hinder expertise development (quality concern) and routine efficiency (cost concern).

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Appoint case managers

Assign a responsible individual for handling each case type

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Determine whether activities are related to the same type of case and, if necessary, distinguish new business processes

Establish a case-based mindset

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Empower resources

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Fail Early

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Minimize numerical involvement

Too many cooks spoil the broth

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Reduce touchpoints

Reduce the number of contacts with customers and third parties

Deploy extra resources

If capacity is insufficient, consider increasing the available number of resources

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