Family Matters – processRed
Family – a word that invokes a feeling of belonging and stability, hope and security. Growing up in Alaska my immediate family was extremely close; transplanted from the Lower 48 we learned to endure the six-month long winters. My favorite memories include playing endless board games, Christmas morning spectaculars, and exploring Alaska’s vast wilderness. Of course a family also has its sibling rivalries; the day my brother ruined my New Kids on the Block hand-drawn poster (no, not Joey!) and my sister found out I had been harboring her favorite jeans for months at the bottom of my messy closet. Did I mention my sister has the sharpest elbows in the world?
I joined Target as a process analyst (PA), responsible for managing business processes across Target Technology Services (TTS). I quickly realized I needed the foundation of a family to support my success and decided to join the Process Analyst Job Family Leadership Committee. This committee establishes the framework for the process analyst role. It’s also a great way to network and get to know other PAs. In March the Process Analyst Job Family hosted its first PA4Day to promote community. The PA4Day dedicated a week of the community’s time in four spaces – innovate, learn, share, and network. My favorite event of the week was processRed, a rapid process innovation workshop dedicated to creating solutions to current process issues.
When I woke up on the morning of processRed I heard my favorite weatherman tell me about how we were expecting a good amount of snow for the day. Immediately panic set in, what if no one shows up?! My fears would soon be unfounded as I walked into the ballroom of St. Thomas University and saw it brimming near capacity. The community was excited and ready to go!
The purpose of processRed was to use skills gained from a Target training at a University of Minnesota master’s certificate program and solve real-world process issues nominated by Target leaders. I had the opportunity to facilitate one of the groups and by mid-day we were knee deep in suppliers and customers, their requirements, and the gaps we needed to bridge. A few good debates and lots of laughs later we had a new system map and cross-functional process flow solution to propose to the process owner. The day gave PAs an opportunity to really connect with the community and brainstorm some imaginative solutions to drive true innovation.
The Process Analyst Job Family is planning another round of processRed in Fall 2013 – will you be here to join in the fun?
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