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Ops Conference Announces Steve Starks as a 2018 Keynote Speaker

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The conference is the largest Theory of Constraints gathering in the world Steve Starks, president of Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment and president of the Utah Jazz, will be a keynote speaker at the State of Utah and Goldratt Consulting Operational Excellence Conference on Sept. 27-28 at the Grand America Hotel. Steve will talk about what it takes to …

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Governing: Embrace Your Limitations — in Life and Public Policy

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Kristen Cox knows about constraints. While coming to terms with becoming blind, she hit rock-bottom in a manhole. That’s not a metaphor. Nor is her solo skydiving. But they do give you a sense of the highs and lows she’s confronted. And she’ll tell you that embracing your constraints makes for good public policy — and a good life. Listen …

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Deseret News: How to make Utah’s water supply last

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Summer is now in full swing. As the temperatures increase, so do the discussions about the state of Utah’s water. And for good reason. Utah’s population is expected to reach 5.5 million by 2060, putting more pressure on water resources than ever before. Read More>>

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Governor’s Office of Management and Budget Statement on Utah’s Job Growth Rate

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Phil Dean, chief economist of the Utah Governor’s Office of Management and Budget, released the following statement about Utah having the highest job growth rate in the country for the month of April: “Utah’s monthly labor market indicators continue to impress. The state’s economic strength reflects not only an expansionary national economic climate, but also foundational state policy decisions designed …

Prudent Budget Management

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Utah’s Historical Budget Culture by Phil Dean, Budget Director and Chief Economist Our Sister States This spring as I participated in conference calls with bond rating agencies, I was surprised at how impressed the rating agencies were that Utah not only differentiates between ongoing and one-time revenue, but that we actually budget to these revenues and track our structural balance. …

Just Too Busy?

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3 Ways to Make Certain We Work on Our Work by Kristen Cox, Executive Director For the past few weeks I have been fumbling through my sock drawer every morning trying to find the right pair of socks for the day. As a blind person, I use a system to help organize my socks so I don’t confuse brown socks …

ABSENT Goals: 6 Ways To Set Goals

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by Kristen Cox, Executive Director High performing organizations consistently get one thing right—the ability to set clear, measurable, and ambitious goals. Everything else, from investing new money to introducing new strategies, hinges on the ability to get this one critical action right. It may seem obvious—but too often the need to establish goals is overlooked. In the majority of systems …

When Demand Exceeds Revenue

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by Rick Little, Director, Performance Measures In working with measures for the SUCCESS Framework, I receive repeated comments from agencies about the relationships between the three variables of quality (Q), throughput (T), and operating expenses (OE). Here are a few examples: “Our costs are fixed and quality is high. Our system QT/OE can only be improved if we increase throughput. We …