Dean Dorton Allen Ford's Process Improvement
Time is a rare and precious resource that cannot be reacquired once lost. You may be unaware of just how much time is being lost at your company by inefficient, outdated processes. Dean Dorton Allen Ford's Process Improvement Team has developed an intricate and exhaustive methodology for exposing and correcting inefficiencies within an organization. Utilizing either a strategic or tactical approach, we'll work with you to help improve your business and streamline your processes.
First, we'll define the purpose and value of the area of your company that's under scrutiny. This step might seem unnecessary, but the fact is parts of the company can drift if they aren't rooted firmly in their purpose: to help provide value to the customer.
Second, we'll conduct a Value Stream Analysis (VAS) to identify and log the current state and expose areas and processes in need of improvement. We'll also develop a goal or future state in this step. To maximize the impact, we prefer to work with the people who actually perform the process, and all associated management actively participates in the VAS.
Lastly, we follow the improvement plan laid down in the VAS. We'll set up action items that are implemented through either a project, a Rapid Improvement (or Kaizen) event, or a Just-Do-It activity. This is an iterative phase that follows the Plan-Do-Check-Act improvement process.
The most difficult part of the entire Process Improvement is actually sustaining the improvements. To help ensure the changes stick, key metrics and control loops are established by the teams to enable monitoring and adjusting to current conditions.
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About Dean Dorton Allen Ford
DDAF was founded by Doug Dean in 1979 as a sole proprietorship. With the addition of Richard Dorton as a partner in 1981, the firm practiced under the name of Dean & Associates. The following year, the firm added Joseph Ford. Most recently in 2011, we combined with the Cotten + Allen firm and Dean Dorton Allen Ford PSC, was incorporated as a professional service corporation.
At DDAF, our philosophy centers on an unyielding commitment to provide services that exceed our clients’ expectations and are consistently superior to our competitors in quality and timeliness. Further, we strive to do so in a setting that is satisfying professionally and personally for firm employees.
In November 2007, DDAF opened an office in Louisville to better serve our Louisville and surrounding area clients. The Louisville office has tax, audit, and consulting professionals on staff. In October 2008, Mark Carter joined DDF as the Managing Director of the Louisville office.
Dean Dorton Allen Ford is a full-service accounting, process improvement, and business advisory firm providing services to clients of all sizes in a variety of industries.
Douglas P. Dean, CPA/ABV
Richard O. Dorton, CPA
Joseph Ford, CPA (deceased 2007)
Richard O. Dorton, CPA
Managing Director of Louisville Office
Mark Carter, CPA
106 West Vine Street
Lexington, KY 40507