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What Puts Manufacturing Teams Ahead: Lean Six Sigma


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.

5 Project Management Trends for Manufacturing Teams to Watch in 2017


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. The need for an IIoT strategy across the manufacturing floor.

5 Ways Project Management and Lean Manufacturing Speed Up Processes


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.

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5 Project Management Tips for Manufacturing Teams


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. In manufacturing, risk management is absolutely imperative.

Why Is Six Sigma Important to Manufacturing Teams?


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.

How Contract Manufacturing Teams Keep Up With the Speed of Innovation: Dynamic Project Management


While contract manufacturing is not a new concept, its reach continues to increase. Companies large and small across the Automotive, Aviation, Electronics, and Food sectors effectively use contract manufacturing to better serve their customers and gain competitive advantages.

Are You Ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?


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.

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7 Signs You Don’t Have the Right Project Management Tool for the Fourth Industrial Revolution


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

Path to success in manufacturing world – a case from Hungary


was winnig the Hungarian manufacturers’contest multiple honours: which elevated the Company Legrand amongst the best factories under the leading CEO Mr.Laszlo KAROLYI. Written by. Peter Tarnoki, Secretary General. FOVOSZ(IPMA.HU).

How to Succeed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution


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. Featured Manufacturing ProductivityMany organizations and their teams aren’t prepared for the future.

What Does a Project Management Tool of the Future Look Like?


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 Productivity

How Cognex Uses LiquidPlanner to Manage Projects


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?

Comparing agile project management frameworks

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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.


Projects and project management in China


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.

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What Does the Fourth Industrial Revolution Look Like?


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.

Are Virtual Teams the Next Revolution of Work?


  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.

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Lean Project Management – old wine in new bottles or a real gain?


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.

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What Is Management in the Context of Agile

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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.

Scenario analysis and wild cards – dealing with ambiguity in projects


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.

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The RASIC-Chart – a key tool for collaboration in projects


On the horizontal view you see all roles involved, e.g. the decision maker, the sales role, the project manager, the design role, the manufacturing role, the quality assurance role and so on and so forth.

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Why We Need Estimates

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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.

Boosting PMO's with Lean Thinking


  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.

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Planning before Scheduling

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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.

Top 13 Project Management Methodologies and Styles


This project management style is commonly used by scientists and manufacturers because there is such a heavy emphasis on task duration. This project management style is commonly found in developmental processes and manufacturing.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution … and what it means for project management!


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.

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Successfully Implementing Change

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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?

Recovery projects – Better with a bloody nose…?!


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 not the Process, Stupid


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.

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Dunning-Kruger and Modern Software Project Management

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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.

3 Crucial Keys to Creative Project Management


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.

What Project Teams Need to Succeed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution


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.

Quote of the Day

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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.

The Bad Apple Syndrome in Process Improvement

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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. When process improvement starts with the solution, it's common to anchor this improvement on the Bad Apple syndrome.

Planning is King

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Architecture -Center ERP Systems in the Manufacturing Domain. There has been lots of buzz in the project management space lately about the benefits of planning. Planning is one of the Five Immutable Principles of project success.

Quote of the Day

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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

Misquotes of Deming

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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.

Projects and project management in Indonesia


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.

Advice – Downturn in the Oil & Gas Industry

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” 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.

Case Study: Rex Materials Group Uses LiquidPlanner to Optimize Entire Value Chain


His charter at Rex was simple: Increase productivity by optimizing how the business tackles every step leading up to the manufacturing phase.

Against all odds – learning from great projectors: Jakob Fugger


The Fugger family started their business by selling textiles manufactured in Augsburg. With this article we continue a series of pioneers and projectors to learn from.