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Federal Government Unveils Manufacturing Leadership Strategy

The federal government is chiming in on manufacturing strategies, because they want the U.S. to be a leader in the industry. Alliance for American Manufacturing reported, “The 40-page strategy document focuses on three key goals: the development and transition of [...]

Managers and Leaders: What’s the Difference?

Take a moment to consider a wonderful leader that you have met in your life. That person could be a famous personality, perhaps a Martin Luther King, a Mahatma Gandhi, a Ronald Reagan, or a John F. Kennedy. Perhaps the [...]

Supply Chain Efficiency is Worldwide Priority

People in the supply chain have been discussing efficiency for a long time -- that's nothing new. However, the challenges they face within the supply chain continue to evolve with every passing year. By definition, supply chains involve multiple companies. [...]

Priorities of the Chief Supply Chain Officer

Building a strategic supply chain plan requires best practices in network design, demand forecasting, inventory optimization, supply planning, and sales and operations planning (S&OP). But the list doesn't stop there for the Chief Supply Chain Officer (CSCO). For a company [...]

Data, Analytics and Demand Planning Career Mapping

Having one centralized planning and analytics department will help your company see, interpret and act on data and insights. Within that department there are four key analytics and planning career paths: Analytics Development, Business Analysis, Collaborative Planning, and Product and [...]

Building an Agile Supply Chain Team

Supply chains are complex, spanning borders and industries, leaving buyers unsure about the companies and links that comprise them. Worse, they're frequently unclear about their own commercial relationships with those in the supply chain. This has caused the supply chain [...]

The Path to the C-suite is Clear for Supply Chain Managers

If supply chain is a vital part of today’s business, why are Chief Supply Chain Officers considered unicorns in the corporate world? Today’s leaders are required to embrace workforce development.   As the profession evolves from valuing an internal focus [...]

Why CFOs Love DemandCaster

Supply chain planning is a discipline that touches every function within a business—often with financial implications—and therefore it’s no surprise that CFOs often taken a keen interest in the subject. We continue to see examples of poorly designed supply chain [...]

A Salute to Demand and Supply Planners Everywhere

At the risk of preaching to the choir, I want to share with you an important insight that I didn’t fully appreciate until only recently: demand and supply planners deserve more respect. Plain and simple. I thought I had a [...]

How I realized engaging the executive team in S&OP and training my dog are practically the same!

It is common knowledge that in the realm of S&OP, weak executive support most often causes the process to fail. Unfortunately, we have seen this problem across a lot of companies. Is this your company? Are you constantly trying different [...]

800 Pound Gorilla

What is an 800 Pound Gorilla?  Well as this blog is not about biology or animal species it is safe to assume we are not talking about the Western Lowland Gorilla, the Eastern Lowland Gorilla, the Mountain Gorilla, or any [...]

An Alternative Definition of Quality Control: Part 2

The Quality Approach to achieve this alternative definition of quality is to follow the basic tenets of Total Quality.  In 1991, The General Accounting Office of the US Government published a wonderful study, Management Practices: US Companies Improve Performance Through [...]

An Alternative Definition of Quality Control

In his book, Introduction to Quality, Kaoru Ishikawa defined quality in the following way: An alternative definition of QC could in fact be, ‘Everyone doing what should be done, in an organized, systematic way’ It is a very simple and [...]

Leadership From The Top

Kaoru Ishikawa is one of the most famous Japanese Quality Control thinkers, teachers, and authors. His books What is Total Quality Control? (1985) and Introduction to Quality Control (1990) are still among the most influential books I have ever read. [...]

Constancy of Purpose

Recently I was engaged in a discussion where someone floated the idea Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma initiatives are focused more on training and certification than anything else. As a result, more money is spent than generated. Why is [...]

Tending the Organizational Garden

How often have we seen management initiate change with great enthusiasm and expectation and then passively manage the process to a failed outcome? A leader’s capability to manage change is often the determining factor behind a successful process implementation. Without [...]

Be a Great Supply Chain Leader: Simplify

Earlier this year, I saw a quote in The Reader’s Digest attributed to Colin Powell. Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers. This quote resonated with me because I believe in the power of simplification in Supply Chain Management and [...]
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