First Principles Consulting mentioned by Palisade Corporation

First Principles Consulting is the subject of Palisade Corporation’s latest case study for BigPicture. Palisade is a leading supplier of risk and decision analysis software based in New York. Their newest product, BigPicture is a mind mapping and data exploration product for Microsoft Excel.    FPC have always looked to new technological tools to provide the best possible services to their clients and identified BigPicture as a potential solution for creating Value Driver Trees (VTDs).    FPC uses Value Driver Trees to analyse the factors (both quantitative and qualitative) influencing business processes both…continue reading →

Gold Mine Achieve 37% Production Improvement

Collaboration. Everybody's talking about it. But what does it really mean? It means bottom line improvement, when it's done right. Earlier this year one of our clients achieved a 37% production improvement in their mining department. They made a number of changes and one of them was to improve their weekly / daily planning and scheduling processes, tearing down silos as they progressed. That particular improvement netted them an ROI of over 11:1. Take a look for yourself.  continue reading →

SACOME Award Winners Announced!

Inspirational women of SA’s minerals and oil & gas industries honoured at landmark awards event Kate Hobbs: Highly commended for championing Gender Diversity in South Australian resources Congratulations to all inspirational women working in the South Australian resources sector who were recognised last Friday (2015-07-31) by the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME)! We are especially proud to congratulate our own Kate Hobbs (Senior Consultant, First Principles Consulting) who was highly commended for championing Gender Diversity in South Australian resources. Well done Kate! Read the Media Release here.continue reading →

What we do and how we do it

People frequently ask us what we do. We tell them that we help organisations like theirs improve their bottom line by streamlining their business processes, working with their people to shore up competencies and Emotional Intelligence, while ensuring that technology is leveraged to its full potential to enable the business processes and empower their teams. We thought have we would try telling our story slightly differently. To hell with PowerPoint! Take a look and let us know what you think. PS: If you’re viewing this on a mobile device be sure to either…continue reading →

Productivity Improvement: Three Key Factors

Every business in the world, from the most modest single-person operation to the largest multinational, is based on the same foundation of taking an input, adding value and producing an output. That, right there, is the fundamental business process at the highest level. Every business is based on the same foundation of taking an input, adding value and producing an output. I have to yet see a business that does not operate on this foundation. Even the latest crops of disruptive businesses like Uber, AirBnB, eBay, LinkedIn or Facebook work on the same…continue reading →
FPC successfully launches STARR at medium-size, multi-site mine, rail and port operation

FPC successfully launches STARR at medium-size, multi-site mine, rail and port operation

This year we brought together a number of the best systems, methods and tools in a more formal way than usual. It all adds up to a seamless process that cascades down both the organisation’s hierarchy as well as long to short term time horizons known as STARR (Strategy, Tactics, Action, So Review, Results). “But why bother?”, I hear you ask. Good question, like you, we like to keep things as simple as we can. The answer is that all organisations need to move forward with purpose, while continuing to fulfill their day-to-day…continue reading →
So you don’t have enough skilled people!

So you don’t have enough skilled people!

10 things you can do to help In times when it’s difficult to get sufficient staff with the right competencies, it’s vital that we empower what workforce we have to be as effective and efficient as possible. Depending on the industry you are in, you could improve your efficiency by 10-30%. And that might just translate to a similar decrease in the number of vacancies you are trying to fill! Here are some steps you can take to get started… 1. ​Eliminate redundant business processes ​”There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently…continue reading →