Your Job is Late, AGAIN -> Poor On Time Delivery

by February 13

Dear Customer, As you know we’ve struggled achieving on time delivery.  Let me assure you that this has not been due to lack of interest, or because we don’t value you, our customer.  It was a systemic problem that we’ve only just recently figured out. The purpose of this letter is NOT to provide you with excuses as to why […]

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The Goal book by Eliyahu Goldratt

by December 20

The path to publishing The Goal book was difficult.  In 1984 there were no business novels.  Eliyahu Goldratt or Eli would tell a story about publishers passing on his book because it was a business book and a “love story”, and they did not know what shelf to put it on. In the account I heard, he said it took talking […]

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Velocity Scheduling System Reviews

by December 5

Reviews of Velocity Scheduling System Here are just some of the Velocity Scheduling System reviews.  More reviews can be found under the Blog/Testimonials tab at the top of the page.  With VSS you can reduce lead-times and  improve due date performance all with less chaos.  Read these reviews and results for yourself: “You have heard of the Horse Whisperer well […]

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Does Lean manufacturing work in job shops and machine shops?

by October 28

In short, no, Lean manufacturing and lean scheduling for high mix low volume doesn’t work.  Not for scheduling a custom job shop or machine shop. Why?  Lean manufacturing was developed most notably in Toyota.  In Toyota’s environment lots of the same car are produced for several years until the model changes.  Lean was developed for repetitive manufacturing. (More information on this analysis -> […]

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Custom Plastic Manufacturer implements Drum Buffer Rope

by May 17

A custom polypropylene sheet and product manufacturer participated in the 14 week Velocity Scheduling System Coaching Program that is based on the Theory of Constraints Drum Buffer Rope — but modified for custom job shops and machine shops.  The drum buffer rope method has to be modified for custom job shops and machine shops because their constraint can move week […]

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Job Shop Scheduling using Drum Buffer Rope

by April 3

Job Shop Scheduling | Machine Shop Scheduling DEFINITION:  Job shop scheduling is the processes and system for determining which jobs should run in which order. That’s easy to say but can be very difficult to do in many custom job shops and machine shops.  Job shop production scheduling often has to deal with constraints or bottlenecks that move week to […]

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Velocity Scheduling System Board Examples

by September 8

FAQ:  Can I see some Velocity Scheduling System board examples? There is not a standard Velocity Board.  And that’s because the VSS Velocity Board is way better than a typical scheduling board.   Part of the 14 week Velocity Scheduling System Coaching Program is to customize your Velocity Board for your unique situation. Remember that list of job shop scheduling problems and challenges?  […]

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Leadership for Job Shop Manufacturing Part 2

by September 8

This was originally published in May 2012 but has been updated to reflect my current views. By Dr Lisa Lang, Job Shop Manufacturing expert Job Shop Manufacturing – Theory of Constraints LEADERSHIP This article is copyrighted by Science of Business, Inc. 2015 Visit our Re-post guidelines. In Part 1 I covered the Theory of Constraints first Law of Leadership — “Don’t […]

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Leadership for Job Shop Manufacturing

by September 5

This article on job shop manufacturing leadership was originally published in 2012 , but was updated to reflect the current data and my current thinking.  This has been one of my most popular and controversial posts ever.  Some (not all) of the feedback I’ve received is below.  Please add yours. Job Shop Manufacturing – Theory of Constraints 2 Laws of Leadership […]

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Job Shop Scheduling Software

by August 17

By Dr Lisa Lang This article is copyrighted by Science of Business, Inc. 2015 Visit our Re-post guidelines. I’m like you.  I invested in job shop scheduling software (we used to own a job shop).  Spent hours and hours getting it setup up only to spend more time continually updating the schedule.  Why does it seem that the moment I print […]

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