Category Archives: Chap 03 Processes and life cycles

The IoT provides a data fest, but what to do with it all?

Apparently an oil rig has 30,000 sensors on it, but only 1% of these generate data that is analysed.  This is because most sensors are reporting, as frequently as every second, that the device or machinery being monitored is performing … Continue reading

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Operations Insight: Hurel – suppliers to the haute couture industry

I’m always looking to bring you something you may not have seen before, and trying to cover the broadest range of topics and industry sectors. So here is a fascinating 3 minute ‘factory tour’ video, showing the craft skills of … Continue reading

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Franchisees are business people not sector specific ‘operators’

Fascinating infographic about franchising, albeit from 2013.  But that’s not the point.  The urban myth is that potential franchisees gain experience working in a specific sector and then seek a franchise opportunity in that sector, based on the knowledge and … Continue reading

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‘Offering management’ – product management in the age of digital transformation

This Bain & Co article explores the concept of ‘offering management’.  I find this interesting because nearly twenty years ago I was co-authoring a book (Strategic Operations Management) with three colleagues and we had a long discussion about using the … Continue reading

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Disrupting an entire industry – from the heart

This 35 minute video shows Jay Rogers, CEO and Co-Founder of Local Motors talking about his operations.  In it he discusses how his company is reinventing the automative industry.   At the heart of this are co-creation, micro-manufacturing and the … Continue reading

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Process improvement in P & O Ferries

This video on the OEE Consulting webpage explains how P & O series went about improving their customer experience in their food court.  This company features as the end of chapter case in chapter 8, which can be read in … Continue reading

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TAKT time, cycle time and lead time

This 13 minute video does exactly what it says – it illustrates the relationship between these times and hence how these inform the efficient management of processes.

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Operations Insight: Sunseeker

This video provides insight into how upscale leisure boats are manufactured.  The last time we blogged about Sunseeker was in September 2012.  Over these last five years, the company has faced some difficulties, due largely to the global financial crisis, … Continue reading

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Handmade – craft skills in the era of the fourth industrial revolution

Most of my blogs about manufacturing tend to be about big companies and large-scale production.  So it is all too easy to forget that some operations are based on craft skills that are many hundreds of years old.  I was … Continue reading

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Digital business models in the automotive industry

Oliver Wyman have recently published a report on the implications of the digital revolution for carmakers.  To date, most auto manufacturers have developed their own digital products/services in-house, with only moderate levels of success.  But all the evidence suggests that … Continue reading

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