A number of years ago I was contracted to deliver an in-house seminar on the fundamentals of JIT and was scheduled to begin early one morning.  Every planner in the organization was late for class.  I started the meeting by asking why the planners were all late for class.  All of the planners had been on the production floor taking a count and getting last night’s production numbers so they could do their work.  I then found out that this was something they did first thing in the morning and then again late in the afternoon.  We switched over to a more fundamental element of JIT…data accuracy.

You cannot manage what you do not control. You cannot control what you do not measure.  Timely, accurate information must be supplied to knowledgeable users in a format that they can readily utilize to make decisions.  People make decisions at all levels of the organization based on data.  Accuracy issues can cost an organization in so many ways.  Here are just a few:

  1. Staff wasting time manually collecting data;
  2. Suppliers get inaccurate plans resulting in resources being late, early or supplied in the wrong quantity

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