Tag Archive: decision-making

Kaizens & the Importance of Metrics

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My colleague and I led a Kaizen workshop on metrics with a process manufacturing client. It is always interesting to brainstorm which which metrics are relevant.
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Cherry Blossoms & The Value of Time

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I was in DC this week for a conference. My theme last week was on continuous learning, and I put that into practice this week. Walked away with several ideas. It just so happens to be “cherry season” in DC. This is what got me thinking about time because the cherry trees are beautiful but only in blossom and last for 10-14 days. How ridiculous is that? Talk about a condensed tour season for cherry blossoms! Perhaps that’s why all the hotels were booked…. Thus, cherry trees made me think about the impact of time in our work life as well. If…
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Why Doing It Right the First Time is NOT Always Right

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We commonly hear the phrase “Do it right the first time”. Of course, generally speaking, who wouldn’t want to do that? Waste is bad. However, I’ve found that there is a time when doing it right the first time is NOT the path to success – when you hold off for perfection as your view of “doing it right the first time”. We’ve all been there; however, for the future, think about following a new plan: “When you are 80% ready, move”. I heard my consulting mentor phrase it this way, and loved the simplicity! This week, one of my…
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Production Scheduling

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Production scheduling has been a part of my expertise since my post-college days at Coca-Cola Enterprises. It has been a part of every job I’ve held (whether directly or indirectly) and a part of almost every project I’ve consulted on since. Thus, I have a passion for this topic. I’ve always found production scheduling to be fun and exciting as you have the opportunity to optimize among competing priorities and variables (inventory levels/cash flow, service levels/sales, and costs/operational efficiencies) to find the best overall solution. The best production schedulers not only find the optimal answer but they also communicate effectively…
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