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Do you have a 'MRP Mindset'?

Over the years I have worked with a fair number of businesses that had thought that implementing a MRP system would solve a lot of their problems.

Instead, they found themselves:

  • No further ahead with their on time delivery problems.
  • No better off from an inventory management point of view.
  • Still lacking teamwork across the business.
  • Feeling frustrated with their system and creating spreadsheet workarounds.
  • Stuck with higher levels of admin tasks, for no obvious gains...

Using a MRP (or MRP II / ERP) system in your business requires a change in the management style for most businesses.

The way that you organise your day, your meetings and your management approach should complement the MRP system approach.

You cannot keep working in the same way that you worked before MRP and expect MRP to magically work; you need to align your daily / weekly management activities with the logic of MRP in order to get it to work effectively.

So, here's today's tip (before I get to a special offer!):

Check that one of your regular (daily or weekly) meetings includes a reference to the effectiveness of the key production triggers that your MRP system supports:
  • Material being issued on time.
  • MRP exceptions being dealt with.
  • Production orders that haven't moved
  • etc...
If you review these triggers then you can improve them - simple!


Okay, I promised a special offer above.

If you are struggling with your MRP / ERP system then I am offering 50% off my 'MRP Audit' kit until then end of Tuesday 10th of January 2017.

To get the audit for just $10 (USD) visit this page and use the discount code MRP50%.



Have fun looking at your daily meeting,


Giles





About the author
Giles Johnston is a Chartered Engineer who specialises in helping businesses to grow and improve through better business processes.
Giles is also the author of Business Process Re-Engineering and creator of the 'Making It Happen' continuous improvement toolkit.

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