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    Eastania
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    Hi,
    I have just completed my GB training and undergoing coaching on my project. I have selected a project whereby i am improving current method of Product Unit Cost calculation. At the moment there is no specific method to calculate the unit cost of a product. It is done just by dividing the total operation cost with volume. But i did some research and developed a model which is adapting Activity Based Costing Model to calculate the unit cost for product. So i actually developed a template that we can use generaly i our organization to calculate the unit cost. From this template also we can identify cost centers that is contributing to the high or low cost product, resources utilised, variable cost, fixed cost and so on. Which means, i can also see if i need to further improve the product cost or its already optimised.
    But now my problem is my boss and the trainer telling me that it is not a GB project but template development.
    Is there a specifc rules or requirment to say which is GB project?
    As far as i am concern, every improvement projects is a GB project regardless which area we are improving. Am i wrong on this? Pls help.
    For info, we are a back office operation for retail bank.
    Thank you.

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    #163920

    Dr. Scott
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    Eastania,
    It sounds to me as though you have played an excellent GB role, though the cart is a bit before the horse.
    Has a BB or MBB been assigned with reducing “product unit cost”? If so, then assignments they might hand to you would be efforts like 1) to  identify what the total current cost is, 2) identify what the key drivers of the total cost are, and 3) conduct (with the BB or MBBs assistance) an MSA to insure your numbers are correct at all levels.
    My hope is that you have the leadership of a BB or MBB in this improvement effort. However, if you are solely responsible to improve the “product unit cost” then I would consider this to be beyond your training and scope.
    As far as your boss and trainer is concerned, I would ask them to see what their project charter is. And then ask them what your assignment(s) are to help them succeed in successfully implementing that charter.
    But sounds to me like you are doing your part so far.
    Hope this helps,
    Dr. Scott
     
     

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    #163927

    Brandon
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    Dr. S, I agree with your post except the part where you say a GB may not be able to do a project in this area. Without knowing the complexity of the project(s) I believe that statement is premature.
    Eastania, follow Dr. S’s advice and see where it takes you. Don’t be discouraged as yet. Came back if you have more questions.

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    #163937

    fake accrington alert
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    I’m still  confused :
    What are  the  main fodderences  between GB & BB projects?
    Is  it in using advanced  tools  or simple  tools?
    Please  advise
    thanks

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    #163938

    Dr. Scott
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    Fake,
    I assume you meant differences rather than “fodderences”. If so then:
    The differences are:

    BBs receive more training and experience using simple and advanced statistical tools, and experience to know which to use when.
    BBs receive more training and experience regarding project definition.
    BBs receive more training and experience in project management.
    BBs are taught how to train others in the techniques they have themselves learned.
    BBs are required to meet higher standards (proof of the ability to define, lead and complete projects successfully).
    These are a few thoughts that come to mind. I suspect there are more. But, hope this satisfies your question for now.
    Regards,
    Dr. Scott

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    #163939

    fake accrington alert
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    That is  great
    Thank You

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    #163941

    fake accrington alert
    Participant

    Appreciate  that
    thanks  you

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