Jun 212017
 

The bullwhip effect is a great way to understand why communication and collaboration are needed in a company. Simple concept with huge payback.

Supply Chain Education.

Mar 222017
 

Lean Manufacturing

What is lean manufacturing?  This is all about continuous improvement.

  • “If you are going to do kaizen continuously you’ve got to assume that things are a mess. Too many people just assume that things are all right the way they are. Aren’t you guys convinced that the way you’re doing things is the right way? That’s no way to get anything done. Kaizen is about changing the way things are. If you assume that things are all right the way they are, you can’t do kaizen. So change something!” ~ Taiichi Ohno, father of Toyota Production System (TPS)

Here are some other great business videos.

lean manufacturing

Jan 302017
 

Principles Lean Management

Learn about Lean Management Principles and how they can help your company eliminate waste and create value for your customers.  Toyota has a great deal of information regarding how they do lean.  Search Taiichi Ohno, the father of the Toyota Production System and you will find some very good information about lean.

Other Lean videos you may find interesting:

Six Sigma Lean

Sep 302016
 

Kanban just in time (JIT)

From youtube: Kanban Just in Time (JIT) is a scheduling system meant to achieve just-in-time production. The focus here is that you could apply just in time (JIT) in a regular project management, organizing the workflow in a most efficient and natural way.

Lean Quotes

  • “If you are going to do kaizen continuously you’ve got to assume that things are a mess. Too many people just assume that things are all right the way they are. Aren’t you guys convinced that the way you’re doing things is the right way? That’s no way to get anything done. Kaizen is about changing the way things are. If you assume that things are all right the way they are, you can’t do kaizen. So change something!” ~ Taiichi Ohno, father of Toyota Production System (TPS)
  • “Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” ~ George Bernard Shaw
  • “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” ~ Albert Einstein
  • “Agile values ask us to make progress with imperfect information and to rework later as we learn more. Lean Product Development teaches us to understand the cost of delay and to recognize that earlier, faster progress to a partial solution is often better than delaying to acquire better information leading to a more complete solution.”  ~ David J. Anderson
  • “Make your workplace into showcase that can be understood by everyone at a glance. In terms of quality, it means to make the defects immediately apparent. In terms of quantity, it means that progress or delay, measured against the plan, and is made immediately apparent. When this is done, problems can be discovered immediately, and everyone can initiate improvement plans.” ~ Taiichi Ohno, father of Toyota Production System (TPS)
  • “Decide the outer boundaries of the kanban system. It is often best to limit this to the immediate span of political control. Do not force visualization, transparency, and WIP limits on any department that does not volunteer to collaborate.”  ~ David J. Anderson

Lean and Supply Chain Education and Learning.

Taiicho Ohno kanban quote

kanban

Sep 302016
 

Calculating Safety Stock

Calculating Safety Stock: Protecting Against Stock Outs.

Other videos you may find interesting.

  • “Supply Chain is like nature, it is all around us.” ~ EverythingSupplyChain.com
  • “Make inventory a common enemy for your company.” ~ Dave Waters
  • “Keep Calm and call the Supply Chain guy (or gal).” ~ EverythingSupplyChain.com
  • “If your supply chain runs without many problems you either have a great supply chain or running very fat.” ~ EverythingSupplyChain.com
  • “Supply chains are everywhere. From the biggest company in the world to running your household. We all have supply chain experience even if we don’t know it.” ~ EverythingSupplyChain.com
Jul 032016
 

The Toyota Way

The Toyota Way is how Toyota works.  This is the keynote talk given by Jeffrey Liker at the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Lean conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  Toyota is a great company to benchmark because there is so much information on them.  Toyota has a world class supply chain and definitely worth researching.  If you aren’t well versed with Toyota then do research on the Toyota Production System or TPS.  A great deal of information will come up that will greatly help with supply chain optimization.  Also do research on Taiichi Ohno who is the father of the Toyota Production System.  You will start to uncover a great deal of information with these simple searches.  Have a great day.

Quotes form Taiichi Ohno, father of the Toyota Production System (TPS)

“Data is of course important in manufacturing, but I place the greatest emphasis on facts.”  ~ Taiichi Ohno, father of the Toyota Production System

The Toyota Way

“Standards should not be forced down from above but rather set by the production workers themselves.” ~ Taiichi Ohno, father of the Toyota Production System.

Taiichi ohno Toyota Production System TPS

“Having no problems is the biggest problem of all.” ~ Taiichi Ohno

The Toyota Way

“If you are going to do TPS you must do it all the way.  You also need to change the way you think.  You need to change how you look at things.” ~ Taiichi Ohno

Taiicho Ohno Toyota Production System quote father of TPS

Here are some other great business videos.

May 302016
 

7 Wastes of Lean

Learn about some of the major tools used to combat the 7 Wastes of lean, and ways you can overhaul your processes to become more efficient. Delve into Value-Added and Non Value-Added techniques, and how to best reduce motion, transportation, waiting, over-processing, inventory, defects and overproduction.

  • “Make your workplace into showcase that can be understood by everyone at a glance. In terms of quality, it means to make the defects immediately apparent. In terms of quantity, it means that progress or delay, measured against the plan, and is made immediately apparent. When this is done, problems can be discovered immediately, and everyone can initiate improvement plans.” ~ Taiichi Ohno, father of Toyota Production System (TPS)

Other Lean videos you may find interesting:

May 272016
 

Why Lean Fails

Hour long presentation on Why Lean Fails. So many talk about why to do Lean but if you don’t understand why and how it can fail, may repeat the mistakes others have made in the past.  Once Lean is deployed correctly it will greatly help to improve the supply chain.  There are more videos below to help figure out how lean may be able to help supply chain.

Other Lean videos you may find interesting:

 

  • “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” ~ Albert Einstein

 

May 272016
 

Lean Thinking Company

Watch how this lean thinking company runs a meeting.  We all know meetings can be a major waste of time.  Get the most out of your meetings.  Lean concepts originated from manufacturing but they can be applied throughout a company.  Toyota is a very good company to research for Lean concepts.  Below are several links to other Lean videos you may find interesting.

Other Lean videos you may find interesting:

Lean Thinking Company

 

Apr 242016
 

Toyota Production System

The Toyota Production System (TPS) is a great way to learn how to improve efficiency in the supply chain.   Taiichi Ohno is the father of TPS.

“Standards should not be forced down from above but rather set by the production works themselves.” ~ Taiichi Ohno, father of Toyota Production System (TPS)

Taiichi ohno toyota production system tps quote

“If you are going to do TPS you must do it all the way.  You also need to change the way you think.  You need to change how you look at things.”  ~ Taiichi Ohno

Taiicho Ohno Toyota Production System TPS quote

  • “When you are out observing on the gemba, do something to help them. If you do, people will come to expect that you can help them and will look forward to seeing you again on the gemba.” ~ Taiichi Ohno, father of Toyota Production System (TPS)
  • “I’m proud to be Japanese and I wanted my country to succeed. I believed my system was a way that could help us become a modern industrial nation. That is why I had no problem with sharing it with other Japanese companies, even my biggest competitors.” ~ Taiichi Ohno

Toyota is a great company to research to learn about great ways to improve the supply chain.  There is a great deal of information out there on TPS and the ways Toyota has used it to be such a high quality automotive manufacture.  Most people know how good Toyota vehicles are regarding quality.  TPS is one of the main reasons for that.  When you start research TPS you will run across terms like gemba, kanban, andon and so on.  This is all great information to know.  Search for Taiichi Ohno and some really good information comes up to us for supply chain optimization.  Other companies you may want to research for ways to improve the supply chain are Walmart, Amazon, Cisco, Intel, P&G, and Starbucks.

 

 

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