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Production planning involves evaluating your current production facilities to determine how effectively it fits with your overall growth plan.
Your workflow--processes, procedures, and policies--need to be communicated verbally and written. Written communication should include job descriptions, performance standards, performance reviews, and controls.
Whether you are looking at improving how you currently run your business or planning significant expansion, the operations of your business are critical to your success.
As the first indicator of profitability, a firm's gross margin will establish the goals that will drive the action plans of almost every department. The second indicator, Operating Expenses, should be assessed just as carefully.
Performance standards will be of little value if the entrepreneur never measures actual performance against the standards. Ongoing measurement assures that a business stays on track.
Discover the importance of planning and documenting processes--what we do, procedures--how we do it, and policies--why or when we do it.
This entrepreneur thought he had built in adequate legal protections to ensure his partner in a new venture would not get full control of the business. When the partner was ready to sell the company, however, the entrepreneur discovered he didn't have the leverage he needed to stop the company's sale.
At age 25, Laura Sanko was a founding member of a startup that raised $3.5 Million from some world-famous investors and the Founder’s Fund. The business model was simple: a website that rented high-end jewelry for special occasions for a fraction of the retail value of each piece. Three years later, the investment money was all gone and while the site continued to operate, it had failed to meet the investors’ expectations.
Among the newest business-excellence methodologies now available, Six DisciplinesT is growing in popularity as a holistic tool to help manufacturing entrepreneurs remain competitive against all comers. It's designed specifically to help small and mid-sized businesses ensure they are doing the right things at the right times. Goals include simplifying the quality management approach, fostering practical planning, and delivering effective, sustainable execution management. Many practical tools to implement the program are available.
After leaping into "Lean," Southern Vinyl Manufacturing gained efficiencies in nearly every area of its operations. Specifically, entrepreneur Rod Matthews explains the challenges and rewards of involving employees in finding and eliminating waste using the "Five Why" process. As a result of "getting lean," the company resolves manufacturing problems by digging deeply to identify root causes instead of just treating symptoms.
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