Chapter 8. Week Six: The Planning Process Matrix, Thread Diagram, and Metric Defect Analysis: Build a Deep Understanding of Material Flow

This week, the design team will look at supply chain material flow from two perspectives: process and data. The issue with many supply chains is the way they evolve: one supplier at a time and customer-by-customer. They tend to be less strategic and more events-driven than those that have been engineered. For improvement to occur, process and data are needed to align supply chain strategy with material flow efficiency. Process looks at the macro issues of how supply chain material flows relate to planning, execution, and strategy (i.e., make-to-order vs. make-to-stock). Data look at the micro issues of why the ...

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