Performance by Kevin McManus

What’s your PI tax rate?
Algorithms for excellence exist in business, even if the research to validate them statistically is tough to come by. A key ratio in such a formula is the amount of time and money an organization, site or team invests in formal process improvement. In your company, how much time does your average team member spend at work on project development, data analysis and idea generation?

Management by Paul Engle

Is just in time production dead?
Author and humorist Mark Twain was famously quoted in the late 19th century as saying “The report of my death was an exaggeration” after being asked by a newspaper reporter about his reported demise. The Wall Street Journal headline also qualifies as an exaggeration.

Supply Chain by Jim Tompkins

Control towers integrate digital supply networks
During an IISE webinar in March, I spoke about the rapid evolution of supply chains and how companies can achieve excellence. While we could not predict COVID-19 and its impact, it was clear 20 years ago that advancing the field of supply chain would require that all parties involved have real-time access to a single version of the truth. So while the pandemic accelerated the supply chain evolution, the increasing level of VUCA – volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity – over the last two decades has made the transformation inevitable.

Manufacturing by Shahrukh A. Irani

'FLean:' A flexible Lean production system
A manufacturer is Lean when it can execute all the processing steps to produce any product in its mix without waste at any operation or between consecutive operations in that product’s routing.