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There are five key steps to improving efficiency:
identify (define) what process needs improving
measure the problem
analyse your information
improve the process
control, ie embed the new process so it becomes business as usual
Management consultants often refer to this is as the (define, measure, analyse, improve and control) DMAIC framework.
This Practice Note guides you through step 7, ie controlling the problem you identified in step 1 and have now measured, analysed and improved. This Practice Note focuses on the importance of measuring the impact of the changes you have made to demonstrate levels of success.
Control charts can become complex and deeply mathematical but in their simplest form they allow you to keep an eye on how things are progressing:
control charts allow you to determine the stability of a project over a period of time
they do this by identifying upper and lower control limits—eg in the case study we identified that two months was the average length of time to complete a due diligence process. We are happy with a variation of three weeks either side of that so our control chart needs to track how long it takes to complete a due diligence process and highlight those instances when it happens more quickly or slowly than anticipated (see Practice Note: What is Continuous Improvement?)
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Elements of the offence of perverting the course of justicePerverting the course of justice is a common law offence which can only be tried on indictment in the Crown Court. The elements of the offence are:•a person acts or embarks on a course of conduct•which has a tendency to•and is intended to
Brexit: The UK's departure from the EU on exit day ie Friday 31 January 2020 has implications for practitioners dealing with provisions in the CPR relevant to cross border matters, including CPR 5.4C (discussed below). For guidance on the impact of Brexit on the CPR, see Cross border
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Scott Schedules are often very useful in construction disputes. They help to identify the key issues between the parties, and to set out for the judge in a single document a summary of the parties’ rival cases on an item-by-item basis.The need for a Scott Schedule in construction cases arises
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