What Puts Manufacturing Teams Ahead: Lean Six Sigma
JANUARY 9, 2017
Before we go any further, allow me to make a confession: I believe that Lean Six Sigma is the dharma path for much of manufacturing. It’s true for manufacturing projects , but innovators are also extending it to projects trying to create a standardized outcome for their service delivery. When it’s done right, your manufacturing project hums along like a finely tuned engine.
5 Ways Project Management and Lean Manufacturing Speed Up Processes
OCTOBER 3, 2016
Lean manufacturing has become a popular way to eliminate waste, reduce costs and improve efficiencies. This philosophy originated, largely, at Toyota and is used to better align customer needs with manufacturing operations. After 25 years of leading manufacturing operations, implementing lean principles and conducting hundreds of projects, I can assure you that the opposite is true: Lean is supported by the basic tenets of project management. Actually, lean manufacturing in itself is sometimes viewed as a fad. The intersection point: a vast opportunity!
5 Project Management Trends for Manufacturing Teams to Watch in 2017
DECEMBER 14, 2016
While IoT made our 2016 project management trends list , the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is going to hold sway over manufacturing project teams in 2017 and well beyond. Open source development platforms will make IIoT development possible for even smaller to mid-sized manufacturing firms. The need for an IIoT strategy across the manufacturing floor.
5 Project Management Tips for Manufacturing Teams
SEPTEMBER 7, 2016
Project Management + Manufacturing = Perfect Match. Manufacturing can, however, benefit greatly from project management ideas. The manufacturing environment comprises a lot of beginnings, middles and ends. Every project, whether in a manufacturing environment or any other, will involve requirements and goals. In manufacturing, risk management is absolutely imperative.
Why Is Six Sigma Important to Manufacturing Teams?
OCTOBER 11, 2016
Anyone who has ever led a manufacturing project can attest to the fact that they have unique challenges. Nearly all projects iterate through some version of the “planning, execution and control” cycle, but manufacturing takes that to new levels. Now it is used in many of the best manufacturing companies around the world. This includes even the most precise goods made today.
How to Solve the 5 Top Challenges of Manufacturing Projects
SEPTEMBER 19, 2016
When you work on a manufacturing project , you face some unique challenges, often with a lot at stake. Here, we’re going to look at some of the challenges specific to project teams working in the manufacturing industry—and how to solve these problems using project management practices and a dynamic tool. Managing Stakeholder Expectations. Estimate work and share the schedule.
Are You Ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?
JANUARY 17, 2017
Featured Manufacturing Project Management SoftwareWe are on the verge of an unprecedented time in history. Radical technological advancements—powered by AI, IoT, robotics, quantum computing, biotechnology and more—will change the way we work and live on a global scale. We’re living in an exciting time! As with any new movement, there are bright challenges. For example, Industry 4.0
Path to success in manufacturing world – a case from Hungary
JULY 1, 2016
was winnig the Hungarian manufacturers’contest multiple honours: which elevated the Company Legrand amongst the best factories under the leading CEO Mr.Laszlo KAROLYI. They were not in an easy situation, since in the frame of the competition they had to compare the whole of the domestic manufacturing industries, regardless of their sector. Written by. FOVOSZ(IPMA.HU).
7 Signs You Don’t Have the Right Project Management Tool for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
FEBRUARY 6, 2017
Advanced technology, like in the previous industrial revolutions , is increasing the speed of manufacturing and doing business. In a recent LiquidPlanner survey of more than 100 manufacturers across the U.S., Featured LiquidPlanner Manufacturing Project Management “Adapt or perish,” said H.G. Wells , the father of science fiction. It’s an exciting time and a challenging time.
How Cognex Uses LiquidPlanner to Manage Projects
MARCH 7, 2017
They are the world’s leading provider of vision systems, vision software, vision sensors, and industrial ID readers used in manufacturing automation. Featured LiquidPlanner ManufacturingCurious to see how other teams use LiquidPlanner? Our friends at Cognex showed us how LiquidPlanner helps them innovate and stay ahead of the curve.
What Does a Project Management Tool of the Future Look Like?
FEBRUARY 14, 2017
Radical technological advancements combined with manufacturing are taking us into an exciting future: robotics, automation, 3-D printers. Smart software moves with the unpredictability inherent to manufacturing projects—and moves work forward. Featured Manufacturing ProductivityWe’ve been reading and writing about the Fourth Industrial Revolution —or Industry 4.0. Data driven.
Comparing agile project management frameworks
FEBRUARY 28, 2017
The manufacturing and technology principles that are used to reduce waste and increase learning and integrity. Originally applied within manufacturing industry, but now applied within many others. Originally applied within the manufacturing supply chain process, but now applied within many other industries. In my article " How to choose the right project management methodology ," I covered the key considerations and some of the assessment criteria when choosing a methodology. SCRUM LEAN KANBAN. Primary focus Focuses on expediting product turnaround and improving quality.
Projects and project management in China
DECEMBER 12, 2016
It is the largest manufacturing economy of the world, manufacturing goods such as cars, ships, aircrafts, consumer electronics, food, agricultural products, machinery and heavy engineering. traditional Chinese medicine) with Western technology or manufacturing principles. The People´s Republic of China has a population of over 1.4 China´s history reaches far back. percent.
How to Succeed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
JANUARY 30, 2017
We’re talking about a future that’s being heralded as the Fourth Industrial Revolution : an exciting time where technology-meets-manufacturing to change the way we work and live. In a recent LiquidPlanner survey with over 100 manufacturing companies, one of the top initiatives for business was to cut costs and drive growth. Featured Manufacturing Productivitydemands of us.
What Does the Fourth Industrial Revolution Look Like?
JANUARY 23, 2017
A LiquidPlanner manufacturing customer recently told us that using a 3D printer scaled a three-week process down to three days. Advice Featured LiquidPlanner ManufacturingThe future is no longer on its way. It’s here. Take these recent news items, for example: Las Vegas just launched the first electric autonomous shuttle on American roads. is a sign of Industry 4.0
Are Virtual Teams the Next Revolution of Work?
APRIL 28, 2014
This approach to manufacturing, generally known as progressive assembly, heralded a major increase in productivity that was adopted by most manufacturing industries. The Tesla factory has a rich history of manufacturing and management evolution. As capitalism and the pursuit of labor cost reduction continued, many manufacturing plants moved to cheaper labor markets.
Lean Project Management – old wine in new bottles or a real gain?
JUNE 12, 2016
Building on Taylor and Ford, the Lean Principles emerged at Toyota and were used as a holistic concept, first in manufacturing , later also in other functions such as engineering, services and administration. Principle 2 is a perfect fit for manufacturing and repetition. In his Bestseller “The Toyota Way” J.K. Create continuous process flow to bring problems to the surface. Kanban).
Scenario analysis and wild cards – dealing with ambiguity in projects
JANUARY 30, 2017
Image you were a car manufacturer investing quite a significant amount of money in a plant in Mexico. Planning and performing projects means always dealing with ambiguity. We need to look forward and predict the future developments, which is quite a difficult tasks as we often do not have a clue about what is coming. The question is, could have this situation been avoided? What if?
What Is Management in the Context of Agile
APRIL 17, 2016
Architecture -Center ERP Systems in the Manufacturing Domain. There's a meme going around in some parts of agile that management is inhumane. This is an extreme view of course, likely informed by anecdotal experience with Bad Management, or worse lack of actual management experience. Managing in the presence of Agile is not the same as managing in traditional domains. Related articles.
Boosting PMO's with Lean Thinking
FEBRUARY 15, 2017
Lean thinking has its roots in lean manufacturing and so several of the common forms of waste have titles that are associated with physical production, such as Over Production, Inventory and Transportation. Lean Thinking embodies a wide range of principles and techniques. I like to think of it as a philosophy plus a toolbox of techniques. It’s about people first. W aiting.
Why We Need Estimates
OCTOBER 15, 2016
Architecture -Center ERP Systems in the Manufacturing Domain. The ability to generate reliable cost and schedule estimates is a critical success factor necessary to support business projects. Without this ability, business value is at risk of experiencing cost overruns, missed deadlines, and performance shortfalls—all recurring problems that projects assessments too often reveal. Furthermore, cost increases often mean that the business firm cannot fund as many projects as intended or deliver them when promised. Related articles. IT Risk Management. NoEstimates
Planning before Scheduling
MARCH 10, 2017
Architecture -Center ERP Systems in the Manufacturing Domain. Planning is an unnatural process, it’s much more fun to get on with it. The real benefit of not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise and is not preceded by months of worry. ‒ Sir John Harvey Jones. And of course . . This is the only real measure of progress – not the passage of time or consumption of money.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution … and what it means for project management!
FEBRUARY 13, 2017
By enabling the smart factories, the fourth industrial revolution creates a world in which virtual and physical systems of manufacturing globally cooperate with each other in a flexible way. Klaus Schwab, the founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, has published a new book with an attention-grabbing title: “The Fourth Industrial Revolution”. Its scope is much wider.
Recovery projects – Better with a bloody nose…?!
DECEMBER 19, 2016
1903), which is now in the top 5 of all car manufacturers – the rest is history. By awarding the IPMA Project Excellence Award to the Medupi power plant project in South Africa, IPMA’s PEA jury has recognized and awarded a brilliant recovery project. It is an example how an initially poorly performing project can be turned around to excellence. Making mistakes should be allowed.
Successfully Implementing Change
MARCH 9, 2016
Architecture -Center ERP Systems in the Manufacturing Domain. Two Critical Videos for Agile Transformation. Here's Part 1. Here's Part 2. . So when we hear estimates are the smell of Dysfunction - what are the actionable outcomes needed to address these dysfunctions? To date there have been ZERO suggestions. Related articles. IT Risk Management. NoEstimates Balanced Scorecard
Dunning-Kruger and Modern Software Project Management
FEBRUARY 23, 2017
Architecture -Center ERP Systems in the Manufacturing Domain. In " Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One's Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments ," David Dunning and Justin Kruger state that the less skilled or competent you are, the more confident you are that you're actually very good at what you do. Their central finding is not only do such people reach the erroneous conclusion and make unfortunate choices, but their incompetence robs them of the ability to realize it. This, of course, is true of everyone in some way. Related articles.
It is not the Process, Stupid
AUGUST 14, 2014
Just as Disney is all about manufacturing a positive visitor experience through detailed buildings, social engineering and extensive staff “character” training; agile methods are really about creating a social framework where effective work can be accomplished. In fact the notion of a sprint seems an artificially restrictive and wasteful construct to manufacture. Even though Mickey Mouse is the symbol of Disney theme parks he is not really what these locations are about. This social framework will vary from project to project and enterprise to enterprise.
Quote of the Day
SEPTEMBER 17, 2016
Architecture -Center ERP Systems in the Manufacturing Domain. While this quote appears inverted in our self-centered world, the expert has eliminated the nonsensical, naive, amateur, simple minded options and narrowed the choices based principles, practices, and processes of her profession. If the exploration takes place in a de minimis world, the options are boundless. . Related articles.
3 Crucial Keys to Creative Project Management
SEPTEMBER 6, 2016
If you think overseeing creative projects and supervising creative teams is the same as managing a project with software developers or a manufacturing crew, you may want to think again. Every group has its own quirks and unique concerns that must be taken into consideration if you’re going to be an effective leader. It needs outstanding communication skills. It demands a proper tool.
Quote of the Day
JULY 28, 2016
Architecture -Center ERP Systems in the Manufacturing Domain. Without a Plan, you're making it up as you go. If you make it up as you go, it's the basis of getting it horribly wrong - Salman Rushdie. Related articles. IT Risk Management. Why Guessing is not Estimating and Estimating is not Guessing. Planning Quotes
25 mistakes project managers make
MARCH 13, 2017
If you are managing a hardware project, you better have a good grasp of processors, design and manufacturing. Everybody makes mistakes. The secret to success as a project manager or any other profession is to learn from our mistakes and not repeat common mistakes project managers make; even the experienced ones. Project manager’s role is complicated. What is my job description?
Misquotes of Deming
JUNE 4, 2016
Architecture -Center ERP Systems in the Manufacturing Domain. It's common to misquote famous quotes. The #NoEstimates advocates love to use a Deming quote. It is wrong to suppose that if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it – a costly myth. This is used in support of the fallacy that estimates aren't needed to make decisions in the presence of uncertanty. Related articles.
Projects and project management in Indonesia
AUGUST 9, 2016
crops, fish and forestry), oil & gas as well as mining, manufacturing (e.g. Especially manufacturing and services are growing significantly shaping Indonesia to one of the rising economies in South-East Asia. The Republic of Indonesia is a country in South-East Asia, situated between the Indian and Pacific Ocean. Indonesia´s main religion is the Islam. million years.
New Diversity in Project Management Award by IPMA
MARCH 10, 2017
However no global car manufacturer can afford to develop ten different local versions of one model for the major world markets North America, China, Japan, South-East Asia, India, Australia, Europe, Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Arabian countries. Diversity is translated with difference or unlikeness. Male managers are not aware of the requirements of female consumers on cars.
Case Study: Rex Materials Group Uses LiquidPlanner to Optimize Entire Value Chain
SEPTEMBER 15, 2016
His charter at Rex was simple: Increase productivity by optimizing how the business tackles every step leading up to the manufacturing phase. Kohl applied Theory of Constraints and Critical Chain management techniques to the problem—the most effective way to re-architect how the company approached the multitude of steps leading up to the manufacturing phase of each project.
What Project Teams Need to Succeed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
JANUARY 3, 2017
Productivity is on the rise in manufacturing, and employment is down. The smart factory marks some unprecedented changes for the manufacturing project team, such as: Flexible production capabilities to respond to changing world markets for your company’s products. IoT turns manufacturing machinery and the supply chain into intelligent agents that generate data. Industry 4.0
Advice – Downturn in the Oil & Gas Industry
AUGUST 9, 2016
” Roles like cost engineer – project controls, schedulers, planners – are almost always found in industries that I like to call “heavy project management” or highly regulated industries like construction, engineering, manufacturing and of course oil and gas. Any advice on how to make a move away from this industry?” or finance. Find out more. Got a question?
What Are the Advantages of Waterfall Project Management?
FEBRUARY 14, 2017
The waterfall model comes out of the strict processes used in industries like construction and manufacturing. When leaders organize processes for software development and other teams, the waterfall project management model and the Ag ile method are among the most common approaches. With some research, you can decide whether a waterfall model is the best way to move forward.
Connecting Project Benefits to Business Strategy for Success
AUGUST 17, 2016
Architecture -Center ERP Systems in the Manufacturing Domain. The current PMI Pulse titled Delivering Value: Focus on Benefits during Project Execution provides some guidance on how to manage the benefits side of an IT project. But the article misses the mark on an important concept. This is a chart in the paper, suggesting the metrics of the benefits. But where do these metrics come from?
Quote of the Day
SEPTEMBER 29, 2016
Architecture -Center ERP Systems in the Manufacturing Domain. Never attribute to malevolence what is explicable by incompetence. Robert J Halon. When we hear all the bad things that go wrong with projects. The misuse and abuse of data, people, tools, and processes, I get a smile when I remember Halon's quote. Removing things, changing things, installing new things will not address the root cause of bad management and especially bad project management. Only replacing the people will fix the root cause when they are willfully ignorant of how to do it right. . Related articles. Quotes