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Operational Efficiency

Category: Operational Efficiency


Making the Transformation to a Relationship Banking Strategy

Retail Branch Transformation: a Lean Banking Implementation Case Study

This case study is all about making a lean transformation in operations across the banking enterprise.

The bank in this story is the American division of a Top 3  bank in Canada. The operations that needed help spanned eight states across the northeastern U.S.—a network of 700 branches. The bank was under pressure to transform. Competition was encroaching, in the form of larger money-center banks, electronic banking alternatives, and aggressive new upstarts: non-bank lenders.

This is precisely why a management committee, helmed by the bank’s chairman, got in touch with The Lab. They needed to achieve a lean transformation in short order so they could stay competitive.

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A lean banking transformation case study

A Lean Banking Case Study in Mortgage Operations Transformation

If you’re seeking to achieve lean management and operations in banking, some of the biggest opportunities can be hiding in plain sight. That’s what happened in this real-world case study.

The bank in question dominates the southern U.S. The areas of concern were their mortgage servicing and default management. While this bank services more than 2 million mortgages across 48 states, they sought to employ lean principles to rapidly improve operations and manage growth, especially in the southeast—their largest market. Enter The Lab.

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CFO: Industrial Engineer of Knowledge Work

The CFO: Industrial Engineer of Knowledge Work

“Our business is unique, so our knowledge work can’t be standardized.”

This belief is almost universally accepted—but almost universally untrue. I call it the “anti-standardization bias.” It reinforces the status quo and hides the business improvement opportunity of our time: the standardization of knowledge work.

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Process Improvement Ideas in Banking

Five Essential Process Improvement Ideas in Banking

This article is about making essential process improvements throughout a bank’s marketing services operation. It’s full of valuable takeaways, so let’s dive in.

This is the story of a huge (80,000 employees serving 25 million customers) Canada-based bank. Their marketing arm, serving both the U.S. and Canada, was struggling to increase both its productivity and agility. Thus their wish-list, when they reached out to The Lab, was extensive. Fortunately, The Lab was equal to the task.

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Improvements from Start-to-Finish

Since opening its doors in 1993, The Lab has helped some of the best companies in the world become even better.