Acknowledge that our supply chains are no longer simple chains, but rather Complex adaptive systems. Build your strategy using this information. Create an action plan with milestones and put smart metrics in place to keep your teams on track. This will drive your business to achieve ROI targets
I first met Tom when he and his wife Mary having a heated discussion. We were all at a dinner… Read more Supply Chain in Practice: A real life story
The traditional forecast driven model, starts with the forecast. This drives the strategic S&OP, the tactical Master Production Schedule (MPS)… Read more Materials Requirement Planning – Traditional versus Demand Driven
In my previous article The Human Constraint – Leadership or teams, I referred to the increased levels of complexity in… Read more Complexity and how we deal with it
One of the catch phrases I hear repeatedly is “Work smarter, not harder”, and this is where knowledge is so important. Teams need to understand what it is they want to change, then what they want to change to and finally, how to make the change happen.
Systems Thinking changes your focus from myopic solutions to outward visionary ones and as satisfying the customer becomes the focus, businesses start identifying how they can deliver a better quality, cost effective product to market at the right time and in the right quantities.
Are you using 20th Century inventory management tools in the 21st Century? It is quite amazing to think that the… Read more Materials Requirement Planning in the 21st Century
The formulations or recipes we work with in industry are precise, BOMs are set up to the 3rd or 4th… Read more Alignment of strategy, action plans and measures
Following my article on balanced vs. unbalanced lines, I have been refining my model for constrained based scheduling and with… Read more Optimising Constrained Scheduling
This last week, I tested a game proving the advantage of unbalanced processes over balanced processes after reading the Goldratt Institute… Read more Balanced vs. Unbalanced processes