Monday, June 20, 2011

Learn the 7 best practices for making Just-In-Time (JIT) manufacturing work.

Focus Research has published a short white paper on the seven best practices for making Just-In-Time (JIT) manufacturing work.  The article highlights the following seven points:

Best Practices Checklist
1.       Delegate responsibility to employees on the floor.
2.       Ensure that line employees are properly trained.
3.       Information systems must give employees a holistic view of operations.
4.       A flexible work force and flexible machines are both important to achieving JIT production.
5.       Visual controls are an important element to managing JIT production.
6.       Accountability and governance are key.
7.       Stability in production operations is a requirement.

When you review this list do you see the important underlying message? What appears most is the need for leadership.  A true leader empowers those that he serves and delegates the responsibility and holds those people accountable.  Notice again that a true leader serves others, not the reverse that so many people incorrectly assume is the role of leadership.  That would be a dictatorship and history has proven that only works for a short period of time.

Dolvin Consulting works with its partners, VAI and IBM to build the resources that real leaders can utilize to empower their workers.  Click here for Dolvin’s contact information.  We are here to help.

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