Supply Chain Management Focus – Information Technology and the Virtual Supply Chain

An Executive Overview:  Many manufacturing companies responding to the rapidly changing business environment are discovering that their business systems no longer meet their needs.  The rise of the networked or virtual manufacturing company is redefining the business relationship among trading partners.  (Trading partners typically include suppliers, distributors, manufacturers, customers, and consumers – commonly called a Supply Chain.)

Who should attend:

Business Owners, CEOs, Presidents, CFOs, CIOs, CTOs, Operations and Supply Chain professionals, Lean champions, and Materials Management professionals – people with an interest in learning how to leverage Information Technology in developing and maximizing the flow of information across their company’s Supply Chain.  This compelling presentation gives executives and practitioners insights into this subject matter and provides ideas to consider in the years ahead.

About the Presentation:

With the accelerating need for high quality, low cost, and fast turnaround, only those companies with the appropriate technology and organizational business structure will survive.  Busines your company.  The speaker draws upon many years of experience in implementing WCM as both an insider and as a consultant in many different industries (please see bio for more details).

We will cover the history, differences, and similarities between traditional management approaches and WCM and Lean.  WCM and Lean have been made famous over the last 20 years as part of the Toyota Production System (TPS) and popular books like Lean Thinking by James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones.

Summary Learning Objectives:

  • History and evolution of WCM and Lean
  • Traditional versus WCM/Lean from a materials management perspective
  • Considerations before implementing WCM/Lean
  • Implementation planning – Value Stream Mapping using current and future states analysis
  • Materials management and APICS Practitioners – Key areas of focus and support for WCM and Lean
  • Lean implementation continuum and conclusion
  • Q&A forum

World Class Supplier Development for Small to Mid-Size Manufacturing

An Executive Overview:  The old saw “you are only as good as your worst supplier” holds true for companies of all sizes.  However, smaller-sized manufacturing firms cannot afford high-powered purchasing executives and high-flying consulting companies to help with developing their suppliers. This presentation covers some practical suggestions on how small to mid-size businesses can aggressively develop suppliers, in conjunction with their quest to implement Lean/World Class Manufacturing.  Interwoven are practical anecdotal stories and exposure to Value Stream Mapping and Pull Systems implementation.

Who should attend:

Business owners, CFOs, CEOs, Presidents, Procurement, Lean champions Materials, and Operations professionals, – people with an interest in learning how to leverage Lean/World Class Manufacturing methodologies, practices and principles in their companies’ quest to develop and maximize their relationships with their suppliers.  Suppliers are a critical element in a company’s quest to achieve dominance in their markets.  After all, you are “only as good as your worst supplier.”  This compelling presentation gives executives and practitioners insights into this subject matter and provides ideas to consider in the years ahead.

About the Presentation:

With the accelerating need for high quality, low cost, and fast turnaround, only those companies with the appropriate “winning supply chain” will prosper.  Although the idea of developing World Class Suppliers can seem overwhelming, mastering the ability to successfully develop suppliers is critical.

Summary Learning Objectives:

  • How suppliers fit into the Lean/World Class vision.
  • How to include suppliers in Value Stream Mapping activities and make a vision of the future.
  • How to create a comprehensive supplier development strategy.
  • How to develop an implementation action plan that won’t kill you or your suppliers.
  • Suggestions on how to implement pull systems and Kanbans to immediately begin improving communication and flow.
  • Q&A forum.

 

Lean Supply Chain Execution and World-class Supply Chain Management – Maximizing Supply Chain Performance in the Extended Value Stream

An Executive Overview:  Over the past 15 to 20 years, thousands of manufacturing companies have jumped on the “Lean” bandwagon.  Though many have seen notable gains inside the “four walls” of their companies, a more competitive, truly “Lean” supply chain can bring huge gains in performance.  This implies the need to move to “frictionless” exchange between trading partners (Trading partners typically include suppliers, distributors, manufacturers, customers, and consumers – commonly called a Supply Chain.)  This opportunity to move toward the networked or virtual Value Stream is redefining the business relationship among trading partners. 

Who Should Attend:

Business Owners, CEOs, CFOs, Presidents, CIOs, CTOs, Supply Chain Officers and professionals, Procurement, Lean Champions Materials, and Operations professionals, – people with an interest in learning how to leverage Lean/World Class Manufacturing methodologies, practices and principles with IT and the Supply Chain.  This compelling presentation gives executives and practitioners insights into this subject matter and provides ideas to consider in the years ahead.

About the Presentation:

With the accelerating need for high quality, low cost, and fast turnaround, only those enterprises with the best supply chain will prosper. Part of the picture is appropriate technology and orerican producers must learn how to level the playing field.

Saying that the Target Costing approach makes sense and we should do it is one thing. Actually doing it is another matter altogether. In this workshop’s lecture portion we will examine roadblocks and barriers that prevent American companies from gaining the potential benefits of this and other concepts that define the “winning value chain”, or excellence in value stream/supply chain performance.

Summary Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding the basics of Target Costing and Kaizen Costing strategies as opposed to traditional cost-plus pricing strategies.
  • Group exercises to assess risks and conditions companies face that need to be addressed before adopting an effective value chain management.
  • A facilitated discussion of how we can use this information to go forward and begin making a difference in American industry now, and in the future.
  • Q&A Forum

Lean and World Class Manufacturing – Basic and Advanced Applications Every Participant Should Know

An Executive Overview: Information operations and materials management practitioners need to support and drive the implementation of World Class Manufacturing and Lean methodologies.

Who Should Attend:

CFO, CIO, CEO, Presidents, Operations and Supply Chain professionals, Lean champions, and Materials/Operations professionals – those people with an interest in learning how to leverage Lean/World Class Manufacturing methodologies, practices and principles in their companies’ quest to achieve dominance in their markets.  This compelling presentation gives executives and practitioners insights into this subject matter and provides ideas to consider in the years ahead.

About the Presentation:

This compelling presentation gives people with no experience with Lean/World Class Manufacturing insights into this complex subject matter.  Practical suggestions are offered on how to support (from an operations and materials management perspective) World Class Manufacturing (WCM) and Lean implementation invement.

 

 

Lean –

lean production : A philosophy of production that emphasizes the minimization of the amount of all the resources (including time) used in the various activities of the enterprise. It involves identifying and eliminating non-value-adding activities in design, production, supply chain management, and dealing with the customers. Lean producers employ teams of multiskilled workers at all levels of the organization and use highly flexible, increasingly automated machines to produce volumes of products in potentially enormous variety. It contains a set of principles and practices to reduce cost through the relentless removal of waste and through the simplification of all manufacturing and support processes. Syn: lean, lean manufacturing

 

 

Six Sigma –

A methodology that furnishes tools for the improvement of business processes. The intent is to decrease process variation and improve product quality.

Advanced Lean Six Sigma

Advanced Lean Six Sigma – what leading companies are exploring in “going to the next level.”  Are you ready?

Executive Overview:

Who should attend:

Business owners, Executives and business professionals at all levels, CEO, CIO, CFO, CTO, Presidents and Quality / Operations VPs / Directors – those with an interest in learning how to advance Lean Six Sigma concepts and principles in their companies’ quest to compete globally and to achieve dominance in their markets.

About the presentation:

Lean Six Sigma (LSS) is the fusion of Lean and Scess is 80% people and 20% tools and technique.  All implementation tools and techniques are taught concurrent with change management.  Our consulting is based on a principle that “No one knows your business better than you.”, therefore, we are ever vigilante that people are engaged with the new paradigm forming in their companies.  We help our clients create an empowered culture of honor, respect, and trust making each employee an ambassador of the vision.

4. Innovation

We are committed to continuous innovation which is the seed of sustainable competitive advantage and profitability.  MetaOps helps organizations accomplish this by engaging the hearts, minds and creative energies of the entire organization to meet the demands of customers through small and large improvements.

We are committed to empowering our clients with self-sustaining knowledge, innovations and tools to achieve their unique future visions.

Competing Globally with Lean Six Sigma

Executive Overview:

One-Day Seminar: Understanding Lean Six Sigma – the elements, applications and keys to success in competing globally.

Who should attend:

Manufacturing, Quality, and Business professionals at all levels, CFO, CIO, CEOses that can respond quickly to queries for goods and services will flourish.  Companies that fail to aggressively expand their capabilities or look at Supply Chain integration will be part of the manufacturing carnage.

Mastering Supply Chain Execution (SCE) strategies is essential.

Summary Learning Objectives:

  • Supply Chain and Supply Chain Management: defined.
  • Lean/World Class Manufacturing, Value Stream Mapping, Information Technology, and Supply Chain Management – Inseparable elements, questions of culture, and the drive to market dominance.
  • Desired attributes of IT applications that support Supply Chain Management.
  • A group exercise continuum – “Rate Your Supply Chain Management”.
  • Building the business case for expanded Supply Chain Management Focus, and Supporting IT Applications Investments.
  • IT solution selection, suggestions and resources.
  • Q&A forum

Lean Six Sigma Implementation – The Risks and Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

(offered in a one-our executive summary or an interactive 2-1/2 hour workshop)

Executive Overview:

Over the last 20 years thousands of businesses around the world have been jumping on the “Lean” and “Six Sigma” bandwagons separately.  Lately many businesses have come to the correct conclusion that both Lean and Six Sigma should be applied together.  That’s the good news.  The bad news is very few succeed in achieving the level of performance improvement we read about in the books.  Why?  Because they seldom understand the what, the why, and the how of the implementation process.  The fact is this: without proper understanding the cards are stacked against success.  This presentation presents insights and suggests actionable countermeasures to achieve the full potential Lean Six Sigma offers.

This interactive workshop offers a rare opportunity to align your team with insights to apply immediately – no matter where you are in the process of Lean Six Sigma.  Pros and beginners alike will benefit from this program.

Who Should Attend:

Teams of professionals who want to lead their companies to dominance in their markets through leading exceptional organizational transformation. Business owners, CEO’s, Presidents, Vice Presidents of Operations, Quality, Manufacturing, and all other Quality, Operations, Lean Six Sigma Champions and others with a burning desire to make a difference in leading sustainable change-for-the-better in their organizations.

About the Program:

This highly interactive workshop explores several key aspects of successful lean implementation efforts, the obstacles to a successful implementation, and more importantly, the countermeasures for sustainable improvements. In this 2½ hour workshop, participants will be involved in an interactive experience, combining lecture and group exercises that are designed to personalize the concepts and arm the participants with insights to make an immediate difference.  Some of the key elements and learning objectives include:

  • Initial implementation planning, setting goals, picking the right metrics
  • Kicking-off the Lean Six Sigma implementation process:  leadership development, training and the “first steps”
  • Enablers and roadblocks in key Lean Six Sigma tools, including 5S, Value Stream/Process Mapping, teamwork and empowerment, Kaizen/Six Sigma Projects, and leveraging other Six Sigma tools synergistically with Lean Enterprise approaches
  • How to set up an effective project management methodology

Lean Office and Office Value Stream Mapping Case Studies

An Executive Overview:  Lessons learned in the insurance provider industry successfully adopting Lean while embracing change in your organization.

Who Should Attend:

Business owners, CEOs, COOs, Presidents, CFO, Lean/Six Sigma Champions, Accounting, Materials, Procurement, Quality and Engineering professionals – anyone with an interest in learning how to leverage Lean methodologies, practices and principles in office and services environments.

About the Presentation:

In recent years professionals have been looking for ways to apply the lessons learned from industry in the implementation of Lean and Six Sigma in non-traditional settings – albeit not without many false starts.  Learn some of the practical considerations in integrati, CTO, Presidents and Quality/Operations VPs/Directors. Those with an interest in learning how to apply Lean Six Sigma concepts and principles in their companies’ quest to compete globally and to achieve dominance in their markets.

About the presentation:

Lean Six Sigma is the fusion of Lean and Six Sigma approaches that have until now been considered separate and sometimes mutually exclusive process improvement methodologies.  In this one-day program we will explore the what, why and how in applying the concepts successfully in any type of business.  Included are a series of hands-on exercises and a simulation to internalize the concepts learned.

Summary Learning Objectives:

  • A brief history of the evolution of Lean Six definitions for this presentation
  • What to consider in preparing for the implementation of Lean Six Sigma
  • Q&A Forum

Connecting the Dots Between the Camps. . . A Holistic View of a Common Sense Approach to Business Excellence Practices

An Executive Overview:  As leaders and managers, we are bombarded with a plethora of ‘programs’ the gurus promise will transform our businesses.  Lean!  Six Sigma! Theory of Constraints!  Demand Flow Technology!  The Learning Organization!  Activity Based Costing! -  And many others all clamor to ‘be the one’ that will fix all your problems.  Learn a systematic method to engage your leadership team in a thoughtful process that examines the various ‘best practices’ available to choose for transforming your business.

Who Should Attend:

Business Owners, CEOs, Presidents, Vice Presidents, and Manufacturing and Business Professionals with an interest in learning how to assess their business and the available strategies to use in their quest to achieve and maintain dominance in their markets.

About the Presentation:

All too often we get caught up in the idea that ‘this latest thing’ will be the silver bullet that will put our company on the map.  In this compelling presentation, we will review key elements that make for a successful process to strategically determine how to “connect the dots” of the best practices for your business.

Summary Learning Objectives:

  • A brief history of the evolution of ‘business excellence’ methodologies and programs including Lean, Six Sigma, TOC, Demand Flow and others – definitions for this presentation.
  • A brief discussion about what is the same – and different – between the many ‘camps’ of business excellence approaches.
  • A group exercise – “The Common Sense Tools Continuum” – rate the need for business excellence tools in your company.
  • Tips for preparing your team for the strategic assessment process – of your needs and your options.
  • Q&A Forum.

Leveraging Lean Techniques in Aerospace & Defense, Complex Manufacturing and Job Shops – A Primer

An Executive Overview:  Information practitioners need to drive the implementation of World Class Manufacturing and Lean methodologies in Complex Manufacturing and Job Shops.

Who Should Attend:

Business owners, CEOs, Presidents, CFOs, CIOs, CTOs, Lean, Six Sigma & Operational Excellence Champions, and Materials/Operations professionals, – people with an interest in learning how to leverage Lean/World Class Manufacturing methodologies, practices and principles in their Complex Manufacturing and/or Job Shop operations.  This compelling presentation gives executives and practitioners insights into this subject matter and provides ideas to consider in the years ahead.

About the Presentation:

We hear all the time that, “Lean does not work in Defense Manufacturing, Job Shops or in Complex Manufacturing – it’s only good for repetitive production – like automotive”.  Having worked extensively with companies in all of these categories, we beg to differ.  This compelling, interactive presentation and exercises give insights into this complex subject matter and provide ideas and concepts to apply in your business immediately.

In this workshop, we will briefly cover the history, differences, and similarities betganizational business structures across the Value Stream and trading partners. For Value Stream partners to survive, they must respond quickly to queries for goods and services. Trading partners who do not aggressively expand their capabilities to achieve a world-class level of Lean Supply Chain Integration will soon be rusty relics of days gone by…Mastering Lean Supply Chain Execution (LSCE) strategies is essential.

 

Summary Learning Objectives:

  • Supply Chain & Supply Chain Management (SCM): defined
  • SCM Elements, World Class/Lean Mfg., Value Stream Mapping, and IT
  • Desired attributes of IT applications that support Lean Supply Chain Management
  • A group exercise continuum – “Rate Your Lean Supply Chain Management”
  • Building the business case for change and investment in Lean learning and technologies
  • IT solution selection suggestions and resources
  • Selection guidelines, resources Q&A

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