What Is Lean Manufacturing?

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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.

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

What Project Management in Manufacturing Looks Like Today [Infographic]

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Manufacturing is essentially a series of sequential steps in a longer process. We recently asked more than 100 manufacturing executives, engineers, and project managers about their day-to-day project management practices and how these play a role in their work and businesses.

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. The challenge with lean is that, despite its attraction to many executives who want to cut costs and increase productivity , a lean process doesn’t happen overnight. Actually, lean manufacturing in itself is sometimes viewed as a fad.

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.

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. Improving a process. Implement a Risk Management Process.

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.

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

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When Rob Welsh, a Development Process Manager at Lake Shore Cryotronics , went searching for a new project management tool, he was in the market for something that would help his team deliver projects on time and on budget. Case Study Featured 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.

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. Inflexible processes.

6 Steps to Achieving Realistic Deadlines for Your Manufacturing Projects

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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.

5 Project Management Trends for Manufacturing Teams to Watch in 2017

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a lot of industry trends and processes are focused on how to succeed in a new world of technology, market demands and productivity requirements. Open source development platforms will make IIoT development possible for even smaller to mid-sized manufacturing firms.

22 Manufacturing Conferences to Attend in 2018

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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. One way to expand your knowledge is to attend manufacturing conferences in 2018. Manufacturing is a field with tons of conferences, summits, and expos occurring year-round, in all parts of the world.

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.

How to Create a SIPOC Model for Process Creation or Improvement [SIPOC Template Download]

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If you have a project that involves any type of process improvement, a SIPOC Model is a great tool to get your team started. It’s a great tool to facilitate discussion and common understanding when dealing with processes that can be complex – and gets you off to a great start.

How to Create a SIPOC Model for Process Creation or Improvement

Project Bliss

If you have a project that involves any type of process improvement, a SIPOC Model is a great tool to get your team started. It’s a great tool to facilitate discussion and common understanding when dealing with processes that can be complex – and gets you off to a great start.

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.

Wilo's Law and Mature Communications Processes

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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. Architecture -Center ERP Systems in the Manufacturing Domain. A popular quote in the agile community is Wilo's Law.

Coherent Design and Development Process

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Architecture -Center ERP Systems in the Manufacturing Domain. We're working on a white paper "Increasing the Probability of Program Success with Continuous Risk Management," for the Joint Space Cost Council, Scheduler's Forum. During our research, I found a paper "Management Disciplines: Harbingers of Successful Programs," David Acker, Defense Systems Management Review , Summer, 1979.

The Bad Apple Syndrome in Process Improvement

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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 Retrospectives Led to Acceptance for Our Lean PPM Process

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At Meisterplan, when we introduced Lean PPM , we simply integrated this element into the process. Again, it is very helpful when a group of board members give feedback to each other, the portfolio organizers, and the PPM process itself. Bard Manufacturing Company.

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

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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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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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Lessons Learned as a First Time Medical Device Project Manager

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Their solution had been through the FDA regulatory approval process. The only missing element was that their device hadn’t been through an FDA approval process. Advice Featured Leadership LiquidPlanner Manufacturing Project Management

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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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What Does the Fourth Industrial Revolution Look Like?

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Amazon using robots in their warehouses to manage inventory is another sign (scaling a 75-minute process done by humans down to 15 minutes). A LiquidPlanner manufacturing customer recently told us that using a 3D printer scaled a three-week process down to three days.

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5 Reasons Engineers Need to Develop Project Management Skills

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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

Are You Ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

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To accommodate these shifts, businesses and their teams will need to be agile, and incorporate fast and flexible processes in order to thrive. Featured Manufacturing Project Management SoftwareWe are on the verge of an unprecedented time in history.

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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.

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. Then comes the transition process. Featured Manufacturing Productivity

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An Introduction to Supply Chain Management (SCM)

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Supply chain management (SCM) is the discipline that manages supplies and processes through all of the stages of a project, product or business deliverable. These sources include suppliers, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers. The Process of Supply Chain Management.

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Comparing agile project management frameworks

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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. 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. More precise processes.

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The Working Circle

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Whether you call them a ‘differentiating value proposition,’ ‘proprietary process’ or ‘unique selling proposition,’ HOWs are often given to explain how something is different or better. Project managers need to schedule those events and wrangle up enough people to lead an effective cleaning process. Manufacturing PM Best Practices efficiency Project management

Theory of Constraints: A Guide for Project Managers

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While the theory of constraints is typically used in manufacturing, it can be helpful in controlling most any project. There is always at least one constraint, and the theory of constraints uses what is called a focusing process to identify that constraint, and then restructures to address it.

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Six Sigma: A Simple Guide for Project Managers

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It can mean different things within various organizations or circumstances, but there is a way to broadly outline this business process improvement methodology and define its beginnings, its, rise, its use and its implementation.

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What Is SIPOC? How to Use a SIPOC Diagram

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It’s a method to improve process, and Jennifer Bridges, PMP, shows how it can be used as yet another tool to help you manage your project. Jennifer noted that people who are working in process improvement are aware of the acronym SIPOC, but the rest of us could use a lesson.

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Everything You Need to Know About Six Sigma Certification

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Six Sigma is a disciplined, data-driven approach or methodology to project management that eliminates defects in any process. Six Sigma mostly measures quality of manufacturing output, but also quality of products and services. What is Six Sigma? Why do you want to get certified in it?