What Is Lean Manufacturing?


Lean manufacturing addresses one of the worst things that can happen to any enterprise: waste. These neglected resources include everything from manufacturing project management tools , to the skills of the staff members. An Overview of Lean Manufacturing. Multi-process handing.

6 Steps to Achieving Realistic Deadlines for Your Manufacturing Projects


As a consultant, I frequently work with companies that lack a unified business process and struggle to deliver their projects on time. With just 6 steps, you can go from missed deadlines and isolated teams to a shared process and on-time delivery. A Process to Drive Positive Change.

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22 Manufacturing Conferences to Attend in 2018


Looking to add manufacturing conferences to attend in 2018 to next year’s schedule? This article includes a wide assortment of manufacturing events that will meet your interests. . When working in an industry like manufacturing, obtaining more knowledge is paramount. As this article states: If you want to be successful, you must always be open to learning more, expanding your knowledge, and thinking in different perspectives. Manufacturing Innovation.

Why Manufacturers are Switching to the Cloud


The title of this article, ‘Why Manufacturers are Switching to the Cloud’, can be unpacked into two questions: 1) Are manufacturers switching to the cloud? Scale or fail: Manufacturing companies must leverage cloud and interconnection , Data Centre News, Nov.

Wilo's Law and Mature Communications Processes

Herding Cats

To make some conjecture that some process will fix the problem - Estimates are the smell of dysfunction and NOT Estimating will fix that dysfunction - is naive at best and willfully ignorant of Root Cause Analysis at worse. Avoid Verbal Orders is a critical process in any critical situation. Related articles. Architecture -Center ERP Systems in the Manufacturing Domain. A popular quote in the agile community is Wilo's Law.

How has project management changed?

Girl's Guide to PM

At least, the 1950’s were when project management emerged as a discipline to help manufacturing, construction and government initiatives deliver more reliably and with greater repeatability. And less on following rigid processes.

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5 Reasons Engineers Need to Develop Project Management Skills


Only then did I begin realizing that my OJT project management skills were inadequate in terms of the processes, procedures and general vernacular necessary to deliver successful projects. Featured Manufacturing Project Management Tips

Ace the PMP Exam [Book Review]

Girl's Guide to PM

Ace the PMP Exam is designed to help you learn the contents in an order that makes most sense so it covers process outputs, for example, before inputs and tools so you understand what you are trying to achieve before you learn how to do it.

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The Bad Apple Syndrome in Process Improvement

Herding Cats

When process improvement starts with the solution, it's common to anchor this improvement on the Bad Apple syndrome. They had written a driver for a CalComp bed plotter to plot our 3D piping diagrams (ISOs) and were getting ready to approach laser printer manufacturers.

How To Make 2019 A Successful Year for Your Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

Second, the use of lean and agile tools and methodologies beyond IT, software and manufacturing. Agile isn’t just for software projects, the idea of an iterative approach with rapid customer feedback and process adaptability can apply to how project managers work on a day to day basis.

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Two Parallel Processes of Project Success - Both Value and Delivery are Needed

Herding Cats

This randomness comes from the underlying uncertainties (Epistemic and Aleatory) in the processes found in the development of the software. So back to the original quote, it's missing ½ of the process needed for business success. Related articles.

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10 Reasons the Change Management Process Fails (and How You Can Succeed)


The challenge lies in instituting and managing manufactured change in a deliberate and focused direction, and within a specified timeframe. The work you’re doing when instituting a change in process or organizational principles is tantamount to changing the course of a river.

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How To Make 2018 A Successful Year for Your Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

This article, How To Make 2018 A Successful Year for Your Projects , first appeared on Girl's Guide to Project Management. Second, the use of lean and agile tools and methodologies beyond IT, software and manufacturing.

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Why Identifying as a Project Business is Critical For Success

The Lazy Project Manager

The following article is the first of four in a series on ‘Project Business’ and is authored by Daniel Bévort. As such I am delighted to share these articles with you. The same goes for a Manufacturing Business.

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5 Ways to Track and Measure Employee Performance

The Digital Project Manager

This can also mean achievements of targets set up for manufacturing a certain number of units or finishing a certain number of cycles of a process. Articles employee evaluation software employee performance measurementProductive workers are the best assets of any company.

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Starting a PMO


For example, if you had three American companies in the same business of manufacturing motorcycle tires and each had 4,000 employees which included 100 IT people, their PMOs would still be different. Remember, People + Process = Success. Articles PMO

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Why Impartial Testing is a Non-Negotiable


The device was tested in their own lab, unlike other cellphone manufacturers who use third party labs certified by the U.S. Eventually, Samsung hired outside investigators, who found that some batteries were irregularly sized or had other manufacturing flaws that caused overheating.

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Comparing agile project management frameworks

Moira Alexander

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. Definition A predefined and recurring set of rules, roles and processes used to expedite the release of higher quality products. The manufacturing and technology principles that are used to reduce waste and increase learning and integrity. Focuses on the tasks and improving the processes.

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Process is King Part 2

Herding Cats

I wrote a post about Process is King a few years ago. Came across a few posts about how people trump process. fail to put those people in a process that can guide their success. . People without process is an undirected effort and where I work, that's called waste.

Agile & Project PPM: The Better Together Story


It has been and is being used for manufacturing, engineering, construction, testing, and many other project processes that require iterations or iterative working sessions leading to a final result. Articles agile Microsoft Project PPMAgile PPM & Project.

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A Short History of Project Management


This article will cover most of the major project management happenings throughout history. Also, PMI has many different publications, seminars/webinars, and a valuable Knowledge Shelf library which has a wide-range of articles on many different topics submitted by its’ members.

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No Pain, No Gain?


A weighted scoring model is a good tool because it provides an organized process for selecting projects based on many criterions. You can find several examples of balanced scorecards from different manufacturing companies like Shat-R-Shield.

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A Guide to Network Analysis


To illustrate this planning tool, let’s consider the manufacturing process of a small item. Some typical processes might be: cutting. All these processes are called ‘ACTIVITIES’ or ‘TASKS.’. But, let’s add a bit more to our process. Introduction.

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Webinar Recap: Agile Series Part 1 – Understanding & Incorporating Agile Project Management


So if you’re new to this or perhaps you’ve kind of been using it in a couple of different veins, maybe you’ve been part of a scrum team or you’ve watched it happen around you, or maybe you’ve seen a horrific implementation of an agile process, it isn’t necessarily the methodology, but sometimes you have to think about your culture, the environment, and what you’re trying to do. So individuals and interactions over processes and tools.

Showcase Recap: Easily Capture and Manage Ideas/Demands with MS Project Online Integration


This is something that we even want to go a little bit left of initiation and then as we go through, and plan and execute, provide change, control processes and close out a project that, that can continue as well. Articles

Why You Should Schedule Around People, Not Tasks

Girl's Guide to PM

I’m pleased to be working with Proggio to bring you this thought-provoking article from Tzvi Zucker, Marketing Manager. We are used to thinking of the workplace with an outdated mental model – the manufacturing line. . Tzvi Zucker, Marketing Manager at Proggio.

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Webinar Recap: How to get and see Project Information in Power BI


Collin Quiring: You can, however, on your desktop file, if you just have one, you can export your data preferably to X amount or to XM Excel, and you go through a mapping process. And suddenly they were able to improve their business processes.

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How to Make an Ideal Kanban Workflow for Your Team


Historically, kanban was used in manufacturing and development teams, but managers across all industries have joined in the fun after seeing just how helpful the tool can be. In this article we’ll show you how to set up a professional kanban workflow that will work wonders for your team.

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Quote of the Day

Herding Cats

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. Related articles.

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The Quality Project Manager: an Interview with Olu Jinadu

Project Bliss

After all the recent articles I’ve written on quality , I was eager to dig into this conversation. These are activities such as order management, engineering design, supply chain, manufacturing, all the way to getting the machines to the customer or intended end-point.

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Quote of the Day

Herding Cats

The misuse and abuse of data, people, tools, and processes, I get a smile when I remember Halon's quote. Related articles. 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. Removing things, changing things, installing new things will not address the root cause of bad management and especially bad project management.

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A PM’s Guide to Agile Software Development

Project Bliss

This group of guys recognized a need for a more adaptive alternative to the regimented, documentation-driven software development process. They identified the following 4 values promoted in Agile software development: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools.

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Planning a Budget for a Proposal in 5 Easy Steps (+ Example)

Girl's Guide to PM

This is a guest article by author Edoardo Binda Zane. First, you need to explain your project and process well in the narrative of your proposal. In this article, I will show you exactly how to do that. Read this article to find out.

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Project Management Trends for Agencies: What to Skip, What to Adopt


Find the right answers in this article. Get the process to manufacture one widget right and you can usually scale it to produce 10,000 widgets. Agencies are different beasts than software or manufacturing companies.

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Five Favorite Dashboards from LiquidPlanner!


He created this dashboard to make the process more efficient. . Everyone’s business processes are different, but we recommend always including Helpful Links and Videos. As LiquidPlanner employees, we are all pretty well versed in our product (we have to be!).

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Top 20 Project Management Methodologies & their Scions: Which One You Should Choose & Why?


In this article, you will learn about top 20 project management methodologies and which ones you should choose for your project. Rational Unified Process. It overcame many shortcomings of waterfall model such as process rigidity and higher risk and delivered a much better solution. With feedback on every iteration and client involvement throughout the process, you can deliver a product that satisfies your clients, thanks to agile. Rational Unified Process.

Why Do Agilest Use Waterfall As Their Stalking Horse?

Herding Cats

They show pictures of Design-Code-Test process, with no feedback loops, linear connections from beginning to end in the project. Related articles. Architecture -Center ERP Systems in the Manufacturing Domain. Many agilest use Waterfall as the Boogeyman of software development.

Project Management Methodologies 101: The What, Why, How, & Types Explained

ProProfs Project Management

Creating a winning formula for efficiently implementing business processes. This article focuses on introducing the most common project management methodologies that exist and eventually helping you choose the winning approach every time.

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Top 20 Project Management Methodologies & their Scions: Which One You Should Choose & Why?


In this article, you will learn about top 20 project management methodologies and which ones you should choose for your project. Rational Unified Process. It overcame many shortcomings of waterfall model such as process rigidity and higher risk and delivered a much better solution.

Inspiring Women in Project Management: Karen Chovan

Girl's Guide to PM

On the project management side, you’ll often see many female project managers involved with managing the environmental assessment and regulatory processes and supplementary programs for monitoring performance and oversight.

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