Appendix FExperiences with Using a POLCA Simulation Game

Guest author: Hans Gerrese

Leanteam is a consulting firm formed in the 1990s with experience in assisting many companies in the Netherlands in implementing Lean. Around 2006, we noticed that the Lean concepts were no longer a good fit for the problems that our customers were encountering as a result of the market trend towards lower and lower volumes and higher variety. Specifically, we saw that companies in the high-mix, low-volume and custom (HMLVC) environment were struggling to apply many of the Lean tools. Using the internet, we began searching for some more relevant tools and came across POLCA as one of the tools developed as part of the Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) strategy. ...

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