April 2016

Why Your Manufacturing Execution System Is Making Your Job Harder

So, you've spent a ton of money and who knows how much time implementing and getting people to use your Manufacturing Execution System (MES). Performance got a little better in the beginning but now it seems that things have gone right back to the old ways just with more data (a lot of which is incomplete and unreliable) and more meetings. The only change that really happened is that people got better at explaining why they're doing so poorly but still no real tangible results.

How to Do a Stress-Free Lean Implementation

Lean is said to be the "Machine that Changed the World," which a fantastic book written by Jim Womack, Dan Jones and Daniel Roos. According to Wikipedia, "Lean manufacturing or lean production, often simply "lean", is a systematic method for the elimination of waste ("Muda") within a manufacturing system." We are now learning that Lean has applicability across far more industries than just manufacturing such as healthcare, finance, education, and many others.

How to Implement OEE in One Day

OEE (or Overall Equipment Effectiveness) is the ultimate tool for measuring and eliminating process waste.

The Politics of Performance: The Relationship Between Results and Rhetoric in Business

There is an interesting mix of performance and politics present in any group of people who share resources and work together. Performance can be viewed as any activity needed to help the organization to achieve its goals. If it’s a basketball team, performance can be viewed as either scoring points or stopping the other team from doing so. I like sports analogies when discussing performance because it’s one of the most objective ways to measure results.