Finding opportunities in production

In production, management’s task is to effectively schedule the multitude of component processes that run in series or in parallel. In operations that are process-oriented, management must schedule resources and output around

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The red flags of management system changes

Management system changes often entail tightening up the planning standards that are used to schedule the operations, and then providing managers with tools to control, monitor and report on attainment to the plan.

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The red flags of process changes

Implementing change requires re-configuring processes – and modifying the management systems and behaviors that need to accompany them. But as anyone who has ever tried to instill change knows, maintaining those gains can be very difficult

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The insidious nature of complexity

You simply can’t be great at everything. There are not enough hours in the day, and companies would come to a grinding halt if they managed entirely by this edict.

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Variability is difficult to manage

One of the things we look for when we examine organizations is the degree of variability present. The more variability, the harder it is to manage. Variability can be both inherent in the nature of the industry and it can be self-imposed through policy or errors.

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The black box of scheduling

Lesson Learned #14 We have learned over the years that scheduling is one of the most important and least understood aspects of many organizations. Its possible because it’s generally so dull as a topic.

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Numbers lie

In many organizations some of the reported performance numbers aren't very "real". It's very similar to people's golf handicaps. The handicap system is a wonderful mechanism to track performance and to allow Read More
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