If your company uses Jira, did you know you can use Epicflow with Jira to achieve optimal resource allocation across multiple Jira projects without burning out your people? Jira is the world’s most popular agile project management tool to manage sprints and epics. It is the preferred platform for organizing projects, and defining, assigning, and prioritizing tasks. Epicflow is the leading project resource management solution with built-in AI-driven predictive analytics to prioritize allocation. When used together, Epicflow enhances Jira so companies can get the most out of their most valuable asset – the workforce – utilizing the right people for the right project tasks, without overloading them. The result is a people-first approach to delivering projects on time without burning out and driving away employees.
- September 26, 2023 / by Scott McMartin
Supply chain executives aren't just asking, "What is COE" … They’ve seen how other companies have successfully created a center of excellence (COE) to maximize the impact of their digital transformation. Manufacturers have used these COE’s as a unified way to set standards, drive continuous improvement, provide ongoing training, and cultivate innovation across the global enterprise. Given the success of these initiatives, supply chain leaders are urging their own company to apply this same concept to production scheduling. A center of excellence (COE) for production scheduling is a cross-functional collaboration to establish best practices and maximize the value of digitalization investments. However, the dialogue and efforts aren’t strictly limited to how to use the production scheduling platform. Manufacturers with a production scheduling COE focus on driving enterprise business results by:
- Aligning people, processes, and technology;
- June 5, 2023 / by Diane Murray
Manufacturing companies are now looking to planning & scheduling as the next big opportunity to improve operations performance. The number of effective manufacturing planning & scheduling applications on the market today is proof that manufacturers are investing in this critical area of the business. So why are some companies still struggling to make their investment in production planning software and processes pay off? There are many reasons why a planning & scheduling initiative might not deliver expected ROI, but as I recall an incident from early in my career, I’m reminded that effective two-way communication is a critical element for planning & scheduling program success.
- March 11, 2021 / by John Will
Implementing lean in manufacturing is a tough but rewarding endeavor. Companies often report at least some turnover during the process. Is this normal? What (if anything) should managers and lean coaches do as part of the change management process to prevent losing team members?
- February 4, 2021 / by Patricia Hatem
Perhaps the hardest part to get started with continuous improvement is figuring out how and where to start. Change is hard, especially where teams are concerned, and the thought of stumbling at the outset is scary. One continuous improvement (CI) launch in particular comes to mind when I think about the ups and downs of this kind of initiative. Nearly two decades ago when we were first formally launching CI, our team had many conversations that seemed to go in circles. We also received lots of advice — mostly about which tool to embrace first, such as “start with 5S, it’s the foundation.” Why was there so much confusion around something that was to bring clarity to the business? The biggest thing I’ve learned since those early projects is that companies often make things harder than they need to be. But that’s not all I’ve discovered along the way.
- October 21, 2020 / by Patricia Hatem
If your manufacturing business has ever survived a crisis — supply chain disruption, market demand fluctuation, distribution problems, or perhaps even a natural or economic catastrophe — it had an uncommon opportunity to shine through the adversity. More importantly it gives you a chance to learn from the outcomes generated by the organization’s responses to the disaster. We don’t know any that are eager to flush it all away — not just the performance gains, but the opportunity to do even more with the unexpected wisdom.
- July 29, 2020 / by Sean Lashmar
Production scheduling in manufacturing is complex; it’s difficult to produce a production schedule that is both achievable and meets business requirements. Have you ever been part of an organization where the production planner’s life seems like groundhog day?…Every day, that person adjusts and re-issues the master production schedule? If so, you probably saw lots of frustration and people continually scrambling — not just the shop floor and other internal operations teams, but also suppliers and customers. Operations has to readjust crew and equipment plans, suppliers have to rush orders, and customers often receive less than what they need. Many organizations look squarely at the production planner to fix the issue. The reality is that production scheduling isn’t just about production planning software; a cross-functional approach is required for success.
- May 28, 2020 / by Patricia Hatem
A lot of companies wonder why the production schedule gets off track, and why there’s so much angst between production planners and shop floor people. “This production schedule is ridiculous! We just ran that last week! What are they thinking in the office — do they even have a clue?” Those are statements I've heard more times than I'd like to admit, and it's tough to hear. People with these (and similar) comments are clearly frustrated and fatigued by the situation; they are simply tired of it! Fortunately, there are lots of ways a manufacturer can create alignment and balance between shop floor staff and production planners.
- May 12, 2020 / by Patricia Hatem
- April 7, 2020 / by Patricia Hatem
It doesn’t matter if it’s a manufacturing company looking for an investment partner, or a private equity company looking for an investment in the manufacturing sector. Either way, it takes an expert in manufacturing enterprise operational excellence to identify, quantify, and prioritize operational improvement opportunities to deliver high ROI.
- February 18, 2020 / by Doug Granitz