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  • Supply Chain Playbook

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    The development of a global world class supply chain is a challenge in good times, but is really tested when a supply chain is significantly disrupted. During periods of supply and demand disruptions, like we are currently experiencing, the concept of world class is severely tested. As companies are attempting to understand the resiliency of their supply chain, …Read More

    This entry was posted in Driving Continuous Improvement Series, Information Technology, Manufacturing and Distribution, Playbooks, Supply Chain Optimization, on July 13, 2020
  • Case Study in Sales, Inventory, Operations Planning (SIOP) Process Improvement

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    Situation Analysis

    A $400M per year consumer products company was experiencing problems with their Sales, Inventory, Operations Planning ( SIOP or S&OP ) process. Lead times for product were excessive and the supply chain wasn’t responsive enough to serve the needs of its markets. Inventory had swelled 25% to over $70M. This was due to their business processes not being able to …Read More

    This entry was posted in Case Studies, Driving Continuous Improvement Series, Manufacturing and Distribution, Supply Chain Optimization, Value stream mapping, on May 6, 2019
  • What is Kaizen ?

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    Kaizen is part of a Continuous Improvement strategy where stakeholders (customers, suppliers, employees and contract workers) at every level work together to implement process improvements at the business level and on the shop floor.  These improvements may be …Read More

    This entry was posted in Continuous Improvement, Driving Continuous Improvement Series, Value stream mapping, on January 29, 2019
  • What is a “ Brown Paper Exercise “ and What is its’ Value?

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    Here are some facts to consider when deciding to add the Brown Paper Exercise to a Value Stream Mapping Project:

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    This entry was posted in Continuous Improvement, Driving Continuous Improvement Series, Healthcare, Manufacturing and Distribution, Organizational Development, Strategic Execution, Supply Chain Optimization, Value stream mapping, on December 20, 2018
  • FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO DO TO DRIVE CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT : PART V

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    In Part V of the series on Driving Continuous Improvement, we discuss the importance of utilizing the right combination of Continuous Improvement tools. Once you have your program aligned with your business strategy and …Read More

    This entry was posted in Continuous Improvement, Driving Continuous Improvement Series, Manufacturing and Distribution, Value stream mapping, on May 6, 2018
  • 5 Phases of Lean Deployment – Phase 1, Exploration

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    The 5 Phases of Lean Deployment provides organizations who are looking to become world-class leaders in their industry a roadmap for getting there. When undertaking improvements, it is usually easy to establish the “what”: …Read More

    This entry was posted in Continuous Improvement, Driving Continuous Improvement Series, Strategic Execution, Supply Chain Optimization, Value stream mapping, on March 11, 2018
  • Driving Continuous Improvement: Part IV – Strategic Execution

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    Many people believe that Continuous Improvement is a culture.  It certainly is in the eyes of the Japanese and many others, but is continuous improvement really a culture or something else? …Read More

    This entry was posted in Continuous Improvement, Driving Continuous Improvement Series, Strategic Execution, Value stream mapping, on February 20, 2018
  • Driving Continuous Improvement – Part IV: Creating a Culture of Strategic Execution

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    There are 5 key elements for driving continuous improvement.  Part IV of this series is about the most effective way to integrate continuous improvement into your business and creating a culture of strategic execution.  Continuous improvement as a strategy requires …Read More

    This entry was posted in Business Transformation, Continuous Improvement, Driving Continuous Improvement Series, on December 2, 2017
  • FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO DO TO DRIVE CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT – PART III

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    Continuous Improvement has a long history in the business world and after over 50 years many leadership teams we talk to believe that it can be done quickly and throughout the entire organization in 6-12 months.  How wrong they are.

    Part III is about …Read More

    This entry was posted in Continuous Improvement, Driving Continuous Improvement Series, Organizational Development, on September 17, 2017
  • Five Things You Need to Do to Drive Continuous Improvement Part II

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    In Part I, I identified 5 things you need to do to drive Continuous Improvement.  In this article, we show how business strategy should drive continuous improvement programs and not the other way around.  The 5 things were: …Read More

    This entry was posted in Continuous Improvement, Driving Continuous Improvement Series, Strategic Execution, Value stream mapping, on August 18, 2017
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