Week 3 Assignment

Week 3 Assignment

Identify and describe a business process with which you are familiar. What type of process is this and what are its objectives? Identify a ‘best practice’ from the journal article for this week that could be applied in improving this process and explain how this improvement could be achieved.      

Week 3 Assignment      

A government office processes two types of applications, Basic and Special, for an agency responsible for awarding funds for projects. Separate departments within the office process the two types of applications. The office manager is interested in finding out whether it is possible to reduce the processing times of each application and has asked you to evaluate each process. He would like each process to be 50% efficient. After reviewing both processes you have found the following information:Basic application process (per application) Special application process (per application)      

60 minutes required to input information 140 minutes required to input information 

60 minutes required to verify information 100 minutes required to verify information 20 minutes required to double-check work 60 minutes required to double-check work 30 minutes spent in mailroom 30 minutes spent in mailroom 10 minutes moving between stations 30 minutes moving between stations      

Additional information 
2 employees work on Basic applications 3 employees work on Special applications      

10 Basic applications wait to be processed 20 Special applications wait to be processed1. For each application type, compute the cycle time, throughput rate, and throughput efficiency.2. According to your calculations, which process appears to be more efficient? Why do you think this is? What suggestions would you provide the manager for improvement? What areas seem to be non-value adding and why?3. Suppose that you have identified an improvement that would reduce the work-in-progress (WIP) for Basic applications to 4 and for Special applications to 7. What effect does this have on throughput rate and throughput efficiency (show your calculations)? If these are the absolute lowest levels of WIP possible, what implications does this have for increasing efficiency to reach the office manager’s goal?      

Prepare your assignment in the format of a professional business report addressed to the office manager. You should assume that the office manager has knowledge of the measures that you will be using to evaluate the processes. Your calculations should be included in an appendix to the report and are not included in the word count      


1) 60mints. required to input information 140mints. required to input special information      

2) 60mints. required to verify information 120mints. required to verify information    
3) 20mints required to double check work 60mints. required to double check work.    

4) 30mints. spent in mail room 30mints spent in mail room      

5) 10mints. moving between station 30mints. moving between stationswhile this is an additional information for the two application      

1) 2 employees work on basic applications 3 employees work on special applications      

2) 10 basic applications wait to be processed 10 special applications wait to be processed      

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