Lean and ERP Why cant We All Just Get Along

Lean and ERP are consistently rated in manufacturing improvement surveys as the two most important strategies being utilized by manufacturers attempting to compete for sales and profits in the global markets. Although this fact would seem to be an endorsement of both strategies, when utilized together lean and ERP are often in conflict. Many lean thinkers believe that the push ERP MRP system processes doesn't support the pull of lean physical process flow. ERP advocates often agree but counter...

What Is Lean Commerce

Lean Commerce is the closed-loop IT-based business process model that supports manufacturing and service companies striving to reduce cycle time, flatten organizational layers, and lean processes. Lean Commerce is the business systems model that enables the Virtual Lean Enterprise by providing an overall design for the construction and use of the IT architectures for supply-chain management interchange of rapid communication of material requirements. Lean Commerce drives quick recognition and...

Maintaining Project Communications

Lean Project Chart

To maintain effective project communications, a project Web page should be established, including a project e-newsletter and discussion chat room. Various project management spreadsheets will be posted by the project manager and maintained by the project team through Web access. LEAN PERFORMANCE METHODOLOGY PROJECT SUMMARY BAR CHART Estimated Work-Days M J J A S O N D J F M A M J JASOND 1Q 2Q 3RD 4Q PIC Client 4 Improve Process Performance Phase 1 6 Test Improved Processes Phase 1 7 Implement...

Project team tasks

Completing the Implementation Readiness Assessments After a review of the project plans for each implementation site, tasks remaining are identified and reported to the steering committee. Resource assignments are reviewed and adjusted. An Implementation Readiness Assessment is prepared for each site. Additional workplan tasks that are audited include establishing personnel requirements for the project team, identifying skill levels required to perform steps documented in the implementation...

Maintaining an Open Issues Resolution Process

The project manager should establish an Open Issues Resolution Process as soon as the project begins, not after issues begin to stack up. Establish and maintain an Internet- or intranet-based open issues control log (in spreadsheet form, if possible) LEAN PERFORMANCE PROJECT MANAGE PROJECT MODULE WORK PLAN WORK-DAYS START RESPONSIBILITY PIC CLIENT DATE 1. Prepare a preliminary Project Summary Bar Chart to Illustrate Project Timing. Deliverable Project Summary Bar Chart 2. Maintain Project...

Identifying and Deploying Lean Business Policies

Lean Business Policies express the views of the lean sponsor or champion of the Lean Performance project. Typically, this is the chairman or CEO of the business. Lean Business Policies define the lean business mission. Lean Business Policies drive the development of lean project strategies. Lean business policies are often expressed by executive management in business plans that are delivered to the business organizational level or in existing company policy communications vehicles such as...

Why Did I Write This Book

I wrote this book in part because it expresses my theoretical interest in business process and performance improvement methodologies, and it incorporates what I have learned about them by trial and error. In my career in manufacturing management and consulting, for a variety of domestic and international companies, I have had the opportunity to try out various approaches to business improvement and project management. Lean Performance is the result of my attempts to develop a methodology...

Every Process Needs a Process Standard

Every process needs a Process Standard because process standards facilitate communication. Without a Process Standard, how can you agree on what the process is Process standards connect process owners operators and technologists, and provide a basis of understanding that allows insight for improvement. Process Standards make it possible to recognize downstream process requirements for timely and full availability of information, decisions, and material. If your company employs a results...

Lean Production Smoothing

Erp Lean Management

The three elements of Lean Production smoothing are customer requirements demand pull Customer TAKT determination rate-based Operations TAKT determination and mixed-model production scheduling. These work to support and in turn are supported by the other Lean Production practices to improve the volume and pacing characteristics of Lean Production. During the evolution to MRP II and ERP, the processes of forecasting, business and production planning, and (later) S& OP were improved to include...

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Pacemaker processes, 92 Part conveyance, 15 Parts interchangeability, 10 Payroll, 340 People loyalty to, 119-122 See also Loyalty Perfection, pursuit of, 129-130, 131-132, 315 Performance improvement, 265 quality assurance review, 237 Performance measures, 153, 257 basis in outputs inputs throughputs, 9 defining for Lean Performance Analysis, GEMBA Thinkers vs Lean Thinkers on, 64 identifying, 276 key lean software features, 227 Period order kanbans, 106 Permission practices, 121 Perpetual...