Last Updated Jun 24, 2011 2:50 PM EDT
- TRIZ (TIPS)
- Six Sigma (granted not an acronym, but still)
In the 80s and 90s at R. R. Donnelley we started and abandoned so many improvement programs some of us quit learning the names and just called them YADA, or Yet Another (Darned) Acronym. (Imagine how well that went over in kickoff meetings.)
Each new program was touted as the ultimate path to improvement salvation... until the next breakthrough initiative came along, of course. While long-term success was limited, the programs weren't really the problem. The problem was a lack of commitment and follow through at the senior level. (Am I preaching to the choir yet?)
Acronym skepticism is automatic as long as we see the acronym coming. Unlike canned improvement programs, some acronyms are invisible but their effect on your business is all too real.
Let's take a look at some acronyms that might be killing your business -- or your career.