Is your company firmly committed and involved
with making Manufacturing Excellence an integral part of the
management process? After serious consideration, candid answers to
the following 10 questions will help you benchmark how your
organization is progressing toward the goal of Manufacturing
• Do we have a formal, top management driven
Sales and Operations Planning process for determining the capacity
requirements, financial resources, cycle times, etc. to support
anticipated customer demand?
• Does our organization thoroughly understand
that excess inventory masks operational and quality problems,
making it difficult to identify the specific cause for correction?
• Do we know the expected reduction in
work-in-process and finished goods inventories from shorter cycle
• Has the entire organization developed the
mindset to constantly identify problems and immediately resolve
• Are we working aggressively on the redesign
of complicated products which are difficult to manufacture because
they have been overdesigned?
• Does senior management thoroughly
understand that they decide how important quality is and
improvement begins from that point?
• Have we calculated the production capacity
increase from a 75% or more reduction in current changeover times?
• Have we significantly reduced alternate
sources of supply and made our primary vendors working partners?
• Do our performance measurements stimulate
improvement in the right direction?
• Do we have a well-conceived, documented
action plan that has the organization focused on and
aggressively working on the right issues?
Is your company's score 100%? If it is, you are probably on the
track to Manufacturing Excellence and outperforming your
competition which is the real goal. If your score is 80% or
less, the result should stimulate useful thinking, discussion and,
most importantly, immediate action to improve business performance.