Telling consultants what to do…

Paraphrasing Steve Jobs … “It doesn’t make sense to hire smart consultants and then tell them what to do; we hire smart consultants so they can tell us what to do.”

Lean Product Development Videos Worth Watching

Don Reinertsen An introduction to Lean Product Development Flow Allan Ward Allen Ward presentation of Lean Product Development Dr. Allen Ward   Power of Trade-Off Curves Lean Development System Becoming lean is important for virtually all industries and disciplines. But when it comes to product development, applying lean fundamentals often fails. Ron Mascitelli OEM Lean […]

Product Development Best Practices

Most product development teams fail to meet their full potential. They consume more resources than is necessary to test, evaluate, refine their products and struggle to maximize customer and shareholder value. Typical projects take too long and deliver business results that are less than expected. At the same time, many lean organizations are seeing great […]

18 Long Lead Time Purchasing Strategies

In project management the long pole is the part of the project that is on the critical path due to how long it will take. For example, if you have a project that consists of three independent sub-projects, then the sub-project with the longest completion date is the long pole. In a make-to-order business environment […]

Warehouse Slotting

What Is Warehouse Product Slotting? Warehouse Product Slotting is defined as the intelligent location of product in a warehouse or distribution center for the purpose of optimizing material handling efficiency. Sometimes called inventory slotting, or profiling, it identifies the most efficient placement for each item in a distribution center or warehouse. Since each instance is […]

Measuring Supply Chain Forecast Accuracy

Measuring Supply Chain Forecast Accuracy is usually done with Mean Absolute Percent Error or MAPE, the average of percentage errors. But there are several other metrics to consider. Here’s an example …

10 Things to Improve Forecast Accuracy

Forecasts are never right but you can improve your forecast accuracy … You can’t improve what you don’t measure Aggregate – individual plus or minus swings cancel each other out Measure forecast accuracy at the right time fences Review forecasts by exception only.  If the forecast deviation is within expected limits leave well enough alone […]

Kanban and Sustainability

Dear Larry, Andrew and Guanair; How are you doing ? I would like to share with you that We Won the Whirlpool Sustainability-2013 award, among 536 suppliers and 55 projects, With our project about plastic returnable box saving industrial waste (avoid 75000 cardboard boxes /2500 wood pallets /50 km of plastic wrap /40 ton of […]

LeanSigma Tool Kit

Lean Sigma Behavior Other Customer Process Focus Muda, Muri, Mura Value Stream Map Flow, Takt, Pull Visual Management Process Analysis Problem Solving Quick Changeover Standard Operations Standard Work One Piece Flow Kanban Heijunka Respect for People Total Productive Maintenance Jidoka Quality Voice of the Customer Critical to X Project Management, DMAIC Statistics Data Collection Rolled […]

Demand Segmentation – one size fits none

We know better than to try to force fit strategies yet time and again we find businesses planning and managing their processes with a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Hospital services, insurance underwriting, pharmaceutical production, consumer electronics assembly, integrated supply chain services all struggle with finding the right balance of specialization and common process. At […]

Lean Sales Forecasting

Why can’t Sales give us a decent forecast?  Paraphrasing George E.P. Box, “All forecasts are wrong, some are useful.”  If forecasts are wrong, then why forecast?  Supply chain lead time is often much longer than the customer is willing to wait, and so the business carries inventory somewhere, and inventory is a waste.  The Lean […]

Safety Stock – How To

Safety stock is an additional quantity held in inventory in order to reduce the risk that an item will be out of stock when a customer places an order. This acts as a buffer in case demand is greater than planned or the supplier is unable to deliver additional units at the expected time. Over […]