Manufacturing in the Cloud—Why Now?

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Editor’s note: This is the second part of our series “Manufacturers and the Switch to Cloud-Based Software.” As shown, manufacturers are moving to the cloud… finally. For many manufacturers, the ‘kicks’ come from government agencies.

Why Manufacturers are Switching to the Cloud

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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.

6 Top Project Management Books for Engineers and Manufacturers

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To compile this list, we dug through Amazon listings, forums, blogs, and review websites to identify the best project management books specifically for those in the manufacturing and engineering industries. Featured Manufacturing Methodology Project Management

Project Management Tools for Manufacturing

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Therefore, to successfully manage projects in manufacturing and make sure that results follow, one needs professional software to aid them in the matter, special project management tools for manufacturing, some of which we present below: TimeCamp 3.0

6 Real-World Benefits of Using Project Management Software in Manufacturing

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The post 6 Real-World Benefits of Using Project Management Software in Manufacturing appeared first on LiquidPlanner. Case Study Featured Manufacturing

What Puts Manufacturing Teams Ahead: Lean Six Sigma

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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.

Industry 4.0 Series: AI, IoT, and the Future of Manufacturing

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series, which looks at the new technologies, techniques, and trends that are pushing manufacturers toward a new level of optimization and productivity. The Role of AI and IoT in Manufacturing. AI is just one of a number of new technologies being embraced by manufacturers.

5 Project Management Tips for Manufacturing Teams

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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?

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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 to Solve the 5 Top Challenges of Manufacturing Projects

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When you work on a manufacturing project , you face some unique challenges, often with a lot at stake. It’s always tricky to manage a disparate set of demands, visions and expectations on any project; but it’s even trickier in manufacturing.

Project Management in Manufacturing: Solving the Resource Management Issue

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If you work in manufacturing, you’re likely familiar with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) or Materials Resource Planning (MRP)—the system used to manage product planning, inventory management, production, fulfillment, and other aspects of production management and control.

6 Steps to Achieving Realistic Deadlines for Your Manufacturing Projects

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I was recently consulting with a large made to order (MTO) manufacturing company that wanted to implement a software solution to improve throughput and on-time performance. The post 6 Steps to Achieving Realistic Deadlines for Your Manufacturing Projects appeared first on LiquidPlanner.

5 Ways Project Management and Lean Manufacturing Speed Up Processes

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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 Trends for Manufacturing Teams to Watch in 2017

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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.

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

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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.

Industry 4.0 Series: Preparing for the Rise of Collaborative Robots

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series, which looks at the new technologies, techniques, and trends that are pushing manufacturers toward a new level of optimization and productivity. And, they’re going to have a major impact on manufacturing for years to come. Manufacturing 4.0 Manufacturing

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Lessons Learned as a First Time Medical Device Project Manager

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Advice Featured Leadership LiquidPlanner Manufacturing Project ManagementIn 2001, I joined Calypso Medical as employee number 18. Our goal was to create a remarkable medical device that could track the location of the prostate to a millimeter of accuracy during prostate cancer treatments.

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5 Ways AI and Automation Will Change Project Management

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Manufacturing has seen amazing progress due to automation, and now there are several opportunities for automation in project management to make our lives easier. Featured LiquidPlanner ManufacturingTechnology has made our lives easier.

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

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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

The Case for Multiple Project Management Methodologies

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The 2017 State of Project Management in Manufacturing report found that 74 percent of the respondents who said they were highly satisfied with their existing project management methodology actually used a combination of methodologies. LiquidPlanner Manufacturing

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4 Strategies to Prepare for Industry 4.0

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the term being used to describe these innovations in manufacturing, IT, and materials, will lead to sweeping changes. will require new skillsets, and manufacturers will need to attract and train the right talent. Manufacturers also need to recruit for Industry 4.0,

What Does the Fourth Industrial Revolution Look Like?

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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.

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

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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

How Cognex Uses LiquidPlanner to Manage Projects

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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?

How to Succeed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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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.

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5 Reasons Engineers Need to Develop Project Management Skills

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Featured Manufacturing Project Management TipsHere’s a lesson I’m thankful I learned early in my career: successful engineering projects rely more on non-technical skills than technical skills. It’s not that the technical skills aren’t important – they are.

Are You Ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

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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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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – The Importance of Reducing Waste

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That’s because they’re none of those things — they’re simply descendants of ideas and concepts that have existed in manufacturing contexts for a half-century or more, just pitched in a different way, at […]. I find it entertaining when people talk about how Agile and Lean and Kanban are all relatively new, untested, and revolutionary concepts.

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Product, Project, or Process.ilities and the Systems Engineering Paradigm

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Architecture -Center ERP Systems in the Manufacturing Domain. During a twitter today, there was a question about what are the drivers of project success. This is the picture I provided. The question was where is the Quality as a driver. Here's the answer to that. Related articles.

What is Kanban? | Video

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Kanban originated in the manufacturing sector. But, recently, it has become a popular approach to managing projects. This is especially as it has been developed into an Agile Project Management methodology. So, what is Kanban? So, what is Kanban?

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Quote of the Day

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Architecture -Center ERP Systems in the Manufacturing Domain. "A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew." - Herb Caen. Related articles. IT Risk Management. Why Guessing is not Estimating and Estimating is not Guessing. Making Conjectures Without Testable Outcomes. Deadlines Always Matter. Quotes

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Fallacy of the Week

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Architecture -Center ERP Systems in the Manufacturing Domain. Uncertainty exists and cannot be reduced or eliminated in complex systems. Estimation only gives you a false sense of certainty that can only be validated when it is too late to react (e.g. Estimating Fallacy), i.e. After the Fact. This fallacy seems to pervade the conversation of those unfamiliar with how estimates are actually made.

Agile at Scale – Outcome Driven (or Broken)

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It is also a characteristic of lean manufacturing. Taking agile, a process otherwise optimized for small, cross-functional, collaborative teams and making it work at scale is fascinating. You have to change some elements, and retain others, as you redefine the context.

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Quote of the Day

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Architecture -Center ERP Systems in the Manufacturing Domain. It is very difficult to make a vigorous, plausible, and job-risking defense of an estimate that is derived by no quantitative method, supported by little data, and certified chiefly by the hunches of the managers. Fred Brooks, “The Mythical Man-month”. No matter what the #Noestimates advocates claim, Making decisions in the presence of uncertainty mandates estimates.

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What Project Teams Need to Succeed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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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. "If you have integrity, nothing else matters, If you don't have integrity, nothing else matters." - Senator Alan Simpson. Quote from the Wallace Stegner award from the Center of the American West, December 6th, Boulder Colorado. Related articles. IT Risk Management. Why Guessing is not Estimating and Estimating is not Guessing. Quotes

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.

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Guest Blog Post: Free Visual Guides for Kanban and Scrum

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It was developed in the 1940’s by Toyota engineers to improve manufacturing efficiency. Take control with Kanban! A visual guide for beginners Kanban is an agile work management method. Unlike many traditional ways of working, Kanban is a “pull system”, as opposed to a “push system”.

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Being Productive is a State of the Mind

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Companies were following the traditional manufacturing through the process of measuring resource output against hours. The context of productivity has gone through a world of change in the last decade. That’s the productivity formula anyway. Today productivity means a lot more than just more done output per resource. Productivity has evolved into a more holistic concept with a focus on collaboration, process innovation, and business outcomes.

Quote of the Day

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Architecture -Center ERP Systems in the Manufacturing Domain. The difference between failure and success is the difference between doing something almost right and doing something right. Benjamin Franklin. Related articles. Just Because You Say Words, It Doesn't Make Then True. IT Risk Management. Quotes