Operations Payoff

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According to an article in Industry Week, most companies use only cost reduction (as opposed to cost prevention) because a reduction is easy to measure … Continue reading

An often-overlooked way to improve processes is to take a walk through the plant and observe. In Lean this is referred to as going to … Continue reading

As 2012 draws to a close, many companies are examining their operations goals for the coming year. In my work with clients I’ve found that … Continue reading

If you want to use technology to innovate in your company, it will save you time and money to strengthen your business processes first. Back … Continue reading

Can empowering employees to make decisions on the “front lines” create agility in your operations? In fact, pushing decision making down to the lowest levels … Continue reading

Your company’s mission is an agreement between top management and the rest of the organization. It answers the question “why” we are doing the things … Continue reading

In my consulting practice I conduct operations and supply chain evaluations. As part of that process I interview middle level managers. One of my favorite … Continue reading

65% of companies in the S&P 500 missed first quarter earnings by more than 5% due to operational missteps and strategic risk according to a … Continue reading

Over the years, I have developed the following list of themes for process improvement: Identify your partners (suppliers, customers, internal) and engage them in the … Continue reading

I recently watched the bowl game between Boise State and Arizona State in which Boise overpowered Arizona in a mismatch brought on by the unbalanced … Continue reading