8How We Designed and Launched POLCA in Three Days

Guest author: Ananth Krishnamurthy

During workshops on planning and implementing POLCA, held at the Center for Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM), at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, I often get asked the questions: “How long does it take to implement POLCA?”; “Does a typical implementation take four to six months?”; and “Has anyone implemented POLCA in less time?” I had the good fortune of being part of a POLCA implementation that was done in three days! This seems truly impressive, and you might wonder if it could really happen. So, first, I am going to walk you through this POLCA implementation effort, and then I will summarize the key takeaways about reducing the time for a POLCA implementation ...

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