Archive | May, 2011

A Systems Perspective on Sustainability, Supply Chain Management- The Intelligent Choice

As we approach the mid-point in 2011, the tea leaves of the economic recovery have ‘sustainability’ in supply chain planning and management firming up as a key “rebuilding” block in company activities.  Two recent studies from two different continents bear that notion out.  First, consultancy BearingPoint Ireland has released a report which says two-thirds of […]

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“It Is Not Easy Being Green." Was Kermit Right?

Several weeks ago I attended the Annual Conference for the Women’s Presidents Organization in Vancouver, BC. One of our keynotes on the last day was Mae Jemison, and she pushed the group to think about our world environment and the impact our businesses are having on the world. She asked us if we were really […]

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Why Managers Are Bottlenecks

Quite often, whether on the shop floor or in the office, a process grinds to a halt when frontline employees have to go seek manager approval for something. Whether it is for spending that exceeds a prescribed threshold, when two employees want to swap work stations to stay fresh, or to sign off on a repaired product after a defect is corrected, if a manager is not immediately available, work flow is disrupted.

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Product-Focused Strategy

Product-Focused Strategy is the second type, from types of Process Strategies. The characteristics : facilities are organized by product, high volume, and low variety products. Where found : discrete unit manufacturing, continuous process manufacturing. Other names : line flow production or continuous production. Advantages : 1. Lower variable cost per unit 2. Lower but more specialized labor […]

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Changing Visual Standards Causes Mistakes

A recent trip to the grocery store caused some pain at home. Jeff Hajek and I recently held a webinar on learning lean concepts from home where we used milk as the example.  In this presentation we discussed visual standards which are help you identify the right type of milk.  Below is an example of […]

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PLM: How to Fix Technologies and Stop Fixing People?

During the last week at COFES, I had a chance to listen to John Gage keynote -But Can It Slice a Pineapple? Gage talked about innovation, computers, changes, language and culture. One of his phrases resonated – “Technology is easy. People are hard“. It made me think about PLM concepts, technologies and implementations. PLM and Product Development Process […]

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