STRATEGY AND ALIGNMENT
POWERED BY THE FRESH CONNECTION (TFC)
Hiccups, mistakes, changes to schedules, and unintended events are a common occurrence in manufacturing. To some extent you can even argue they’re inevitable. Knowing how to address these issues correctly is key to long term success in manufacturing.There are three key elements to addressing changes in manufacturing. One is having an Operations Strategy, the second is knowing and making decisions that are in alignment with the strategy, and the third is being able to identify the trade offs that are an inherent part of manufacturing and determining how to manage them.Things that go wrong in manufacturing are typically not the fault of an individual but the result of poor system and decision design. After all, it was Deming who said, 95% of the time the problem is the process not the people. We will learn and solve all of the above using the interactive Supply Chain Simulation called “The Fresh Connection”
Today’s environment is filled with constant change and constant adaptation. No sooner does one way of doing business become routine then competitors find better ways of meeting the customer’s needs or customers ask for something different. So how does one make sure they are making sound decisions and thoughtful evaluations in these times of change? By making sure they internalize and follow a fundamental process of evaluation. When this process becomes innate to the user, they’ll find they can make decisions locally that support their organizationally globally.
STRATEGIC THINKING IS USING INTUITION AND CREATIVITY
TO PUT TOGETHER AN INTEGRATED VIEWPOINT, AND A VISION, OF WHERE THE ORGANIZATION SHOULD BE HEADING. WE ADD IN AS WELL, STRATEGIC PLANNING. BREAKING DOWN YOUR STRATEGY AND PRACTICING DESIGNING HOW THE STEPS MAY BE IMPLEMENTED, ESTIMATING THE ANTICIPATED CONSEQUENCES OF EACH STEP, AND DEALING WITH THE INEVITABLE TRADE-OFFS THAT WILL OCCUR.