Thoughts on Modern Manufacturing

Stephen Jannise of ERP Software Advice shares some thoughts and clears up some industry jargon in his post: A Plain English Guide to Modern Manufacturing Methods

…for the next installment in our “plain english guide” series, we’ve decided to break down the key concepts of lean manufacturing, Six Sigma and flexible manufacturing. While we couldn’t cover every concept – a Google search for “lean manufacturing glossary” should satisfy most pedants – we have reviewed the important terms. Leave a comment below if there are others you’d like us to explain. Let’s get started.

Basically, modern manufacturing methods boil down to three key concepts:

* Reduce waste – reduce the amount of materials, capacity and manpower wasted in the process by producing just enough product to meet current demand
* Maintain quality – devise more effective manufacturing methods in order to continue making quality products despite strict reductions of waste
* Accelerate production – decrease the amount of time needed to manufacture product, making up for the lack of surplus

Read the whole thing.

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David Developed GTD Because…

From the GTD Times:

Here is an interview with David Allen by the publisher of the Polish version of Getting Things Done.

Q: You developed the Getting Things Done Program because…
A: I had discovered that applying some rather simple techniques could have profound results, immediately, in people’s ability to focus, stay relaxed, and make positive progress in their work and lives

Q: What is the difference between GTD and normal task planning?
If you mean by “Normal task planning” that you make a list of things to do today, or this week, then the difference is that GTD recommends you keep track of every action that you might be able to take, plan as little as possible, and trust that you’ll make good intuitive decisions moment to moment from all your options. In other words, you need to remain flexible and open to all the new inputs and changes that are happening more and more frequently; and if you over-plan, it will get in your way.

Q: Order above all. That is the first rule of the GTD Program. What is the second one?

“Order above all” – not sure what that refers to (I never said it). There are not really any “rules” in GTD – only observations of principles. If you want to have a clear mind, you must capture externally whatever is keeping it from being clear, make executive decisions about what you’re committing to do about it, and park the results into some system that you can trust will reflect it back to you at the appropriate time.