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Without a stable manufacturing plan organizations can descend into chaos - so many companies fall into the trap of building to order and then trying to prioritize for the customer that shouts the loudest - this can cause huge problems for the supply chain as they attempt to pass requirements... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2010 at Valuestreamguru's blog
Nothing runs smoothly in business. No matter what the industry all businesses will experience problems whether that's from those that are self created to those that are generated by external stakeholders, problems can come in all shapes and sizes from small problems that might make things uncomfortable to those that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2010 at Valuestreamguru's blog
While improvement methods such as six sigma and lean have been around for decades - its still surprising to see that many still see such activities relating primarily to manufacturing. Processes are the same the world over - they have an input, activity and output. Improvement methods can therefore be... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2010 at Valuestreamguru's blog
Just as a little suppliment to the ABC analysis post we did a while back - we've now posted a short ABC Analysis video - as a reminder ABC analyis is an inventory catagorization tool that you can use to segment your inventory, then fine tuning your process to ensure... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2010 at Valuestreamguru's blog
When your starting out in business improvement it can be really daunting with all of these new tools and techniques - there's such a lot to know when you start out and sometimes you miss out on how powerful some of the simplest tools are. For me, without a doubt,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2010 at Valuestreamguru's blog
When documenting your processes, one of the most fundamental concepts is to ensure you engage the process stakeholders by visiting the shop floor or the workplace where the process your documenting is usually carried out. Process mapping can be fairly simple - describe the inputs, the transformation or activity steps... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2010 at Valuestreamguru's blog
So I'm on Twitter and I notice I have a new follower @CamponovoWorks- I take a look at some of his recent posts and one in particular catches my eye " What are the most important skills business people/professionals should learn in the first 5 years of their career?" That's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2010 at Valuestreamguru's blog
When faced with trying to optimize your supply chain there are many things to consider and many options and options that can be applied. When it comes to suppliers there are several key steps to consider which can each have a significant impact. For example - consider the impact of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2010 at Valuestreamguru's blog
When your undertaking an improvement project one of the most important things you’ll need to get your hands on is data. Data represents facts about your process and can help you in determining route cause and help model any improvements that you consider. Given the importance then – an appropriate... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2010 at Valuestreamguru's blog
The importance of error proofing Many organizations invest significant sums of money into quality and business improvement projects and events where the primary focus is on repairing problems and errors that have occurred. These issues have often resulted in significant cost and impact to customer satisfaction. Techniques such as error... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2010 at Valuestreamguru's blog
When reviewing the layout of organizations its surprising how many still rely on the centralized stores where team members act like palace guards protecting inventory like it’s the crown jewels – placing stock a the point of use does not only empower operators by providing effective access to materials but... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2010 at Valuestreamguru's blog
Bringing materials into an organization in an effective and cost aware manner should be a key management objective for any organization – an inefficient purchasing process can leak money and waste time – however developing an effective structured standard purchasing process shouldn’t be overtly complicated. The key to an effective... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2010 at Valuestreamguru's blog
The goods receipt process is an intrinsic element in many organizations – it controls the flow of goods and materials into the organization. However as with any business process its not usually without problems - a poorly performing goods in process can result in various issues some of which can... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2010 at Valuestreamguru's blog
Getting the processes for managing your material flow is of key importance in most manufacturing plants. Effective categorization helps immensely by ensuring you focus your management time on the appropriate parts. Starting off with an ABC analysis - categorizing your parts and then ensuring you spend your time on the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2010 at Valuestreamguru's blog
New post over at the main site Using Kitting in a manufacturing plant. Kitting can be really usefull at reducing stoppage time due to getting parts out of stores - it's also a double edged sword as failure to get a robust parts supply from your suppliers can cause havoc! Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2010 at Valuestreamguru's blog
All businesses experience issues and difficulties from time to time and its no different in the world of supply chain. Problems such as poor performance, excess costs and poor quality can all challenge businesses and have financial repercussions. To monitor performance - many organizations utilize Key Performance Indicators (KPI's) but... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2010 at Valuestreamguru's blog
Whenever any project is planned it is absolutely vital to have a project plan and although initially it will take a little time to create, a good project plan will ultimately save you a good deal of time and probably money as well. It is often tempting to just roll... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2010 at Valuestreamguru's blog
The term 'process mapping' sounds very complex, but in reality it is a really simple and straightforward process that looks at a process and then effectively maps out how the process is carried out, who does what and also it identifies ways in which the process can be done more... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2010 at Valuestreamguru's blog
Management Information Systems, which are often abbreviated to MIS are a subdivision of internal business controls that usually refer to documents, IT, people and procedures. An MIS is usually applied by management accountants who will be trying to solve a business problem or setting a price for how much a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2010 at Valuestreamguru's blog
Spreadsheets are really great tools - they are fantastic for capturing data, calculations, scenario planning - but what they are not is they are not an ERP system! Despite this many business use them as such - allowing spreadsheets to be the backbone of key processes. Here's Ten reasons why... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2010 at Valuestreamguru's blog
Hi, and welcome to the valuestreamguru typepad blog. Here well be sharing a number of articles on improving your business from Kaizen, Project Management, Six Sigma and Lean. We'd also love your comments so feel free to contribute. Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2010 at Valuestreamguru's blog
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