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Teamwork, Huddles, and Competition: Sustaining Lean Culture and Initiatives using Managing for Daily Improvement (MDI)

The question is: How can we continuously improve daily, and sustain a Lean culture and behavior? Look to your people, the best resource you have. These people touch every part of daily operations through a process called managing by DAILY improvement. When a Lean culture is truly developed in a company, and old behavior, habits, […]

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Inventory Management. How to Do It Right.

Editor’s Note: Vishnu Rayapeddi is a recognized pioneer of Lean Management and founder of Productivity Solutions.   You can view all of his Supply Chain training materials on Flevy here. * * * * For accountants “inventory is an asset” and it is shown that way on balance sheets! Is inventory really an asset? Inventory is an […]

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Lean Thinking for the Office and Admin Areas

Editor’s Note: Vishnu Rayapeddi is a recognized pioneer of Lean Management and founder of Productivity Solutions.   For a more in-depth discussion on this topic, take a look at this 118-slide training course.  You can view all of his Supply Chain training materials on Flevy here. * * * * This discussion relates to both Lean […]

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Do You Know All the KPIs for a Manufacturing Operations Manager?

This is an exhaustive list of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for a Manufacturing Operations Manager. These KPIs are aligned with Lean initiatives–specifically, Cultural Transformation, Continuous Improvement, elimination of all Wastes, associates becoming process and problem solvers at Gemba.  The tools to be implemented after Lean culture change include 6S, Kanban, Kaizen, and Lean Six Sigma. […]

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Benchmarking Basics. What Is It and How Do You Do It?

Benchmarking is a very powerful tool many organizations use to not only measure and gauge their performance against competition, but also to push themselves to be best-in-class.  Benchmarking is a source of competitive advantage and continuous improvement (Kaizen). Wikipedia defines benchmarking as: Benchmarking is the process of comparing one’s business processes and performance metrics to […]

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Do You Have a Real Supply Chain Strategy?

Editor’s Note: Vishnu Rayapeddi is a recognized pioneer of Lean Management and founder of Productivity Solutions.   You can view all of his Supply Chain training materials on Flevy here. * * * * Supply chain strategy.  What is it?  Many might think that there is no distinction in perception between supply chain management and supply chain […]

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Isn’t It Time to Think about Cybersecurity?

Computer security, also known as cybersecurity or IT security, is security applied to computing devices such as computers and smartphones, as well as computer networks such as private and public networks, including the whole Internet. With all the discussion on the internet of things (IoT) and the network of sensors, robotics, RFID and software connected […]

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Theory of Constraints: What’s Limiting Your Organization?

The Theory of Constraints (TOC) is a methodology for identifying the most important limiting factor—i.e. constraint—and systematically improving it.  It was developed by Dr. Eliyahu Goldratt, introduced in 1984 book, The Goal. TOC differs from traditional management views, in that traditional methods seek to make improvements throughout the organization.  They divide the organization into smaller, more manageable […]

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Follow the P.A.I.R. Method of Customer Service for More Success

Editor’s Note: Jim Cucinotta is a very senior executive, with over 20+ years of experience in leading sales, marketing, and operations teams.  He is also an author on Flevy.  You can view his firm’s business training guides here. * * * * We hear a lot about customer satisfaction, servicing the customers’ needs, and being customer centric.  But […]

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Attaining Supply Chain Excellence with Sales & Operations Planning

Editor’s Note: Vishnu Rayapeddi is a recognized pioneer of Lean Management and founder of Productivity Solutions.  He is the author of the S&OP Workshop Presentation on Flevy.   You can view all of his Supply Chain training materials on Flevy here. * * * * Do the following represent a typical day in your work life? Nothing goes […]

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Supply Chain Excellence: Excellence through Lean Thinking!

Editor’s Note: Vishnu Rayapeddi is a recognized pioneer of Lean Management and founder of Productivity Solutions.  He is the author of the popular Supply Chain Fundamentals 5-modules series on Flevy.   You can view all of his Supply Chain and Lean training materials on Flevy here. * * * * In my previous article, I briefly introduced the […]

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Business Risk Basics Enterprise Owners Should Know

Sixty percent of business organizations face a wide range of increasing risks, according to a Chartered Global Management Accountant report on the Global State of Enterprise Risk. But less than 35 percent of these companies have a formal enterprise risk management program in place. Thirty percent of U.S. companies report experiencing an operational surprise over the past […]

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