Reducing Production and Warehouse Costs with Optimum Batch Sizes

by Michael Hering on 12/02/2019

How much should you produce of a particular product in one batch? How high can the stock level be? Does it make sense to increase the machinery capacity? Challenging questions like these can only be answered reliably with intelligent data utilization. Traditional models for batch size optimization (such as the formulas developed by Harris and Andler) produce initial indications, but they cannot provide comprehensive optimization taking into account all relevant articles, costs, and restrictions. The processes are simply too complex.

Categories:
Data & Analytics,
Industry 4.0 & IoT,
ERP,
Digitization

Production controlling reduces costs and increases quality

by Michael Hering on 11/20/2019

Planning plays a major role in manufacturing. Manufacturing and assembly are often divided into individual steps that have to be linked together in a multi-stage planning process. But good planning is not the same as fighting half the battle. After all, discrepancies can occur during production that influence the due dates, quality, or costs of the end product.

Categories:
Data & Analytics,
ERP

It doesn’t always have to be 100 %. How to use agile tools in conventional projects.

by Peter Burghardt on 09/05/2019

You hear it all the time: “You can’t make a project 100 % agile! There are always some parts that aren’t agile. It’s best to do hybrid projects.” But what constitutes a hybrid project? Is there even such a thing as hybrid projects?

Categories:
Data & Analytics,
CRM,
Collaboration,
ERP

No one tells me what to do – how self-organized teams work

by Peter Burghardt on 08/29/2019

Self-organized teams – the dream of every project manager (and every manager). In agile practices, they’re essential. In conventional projects, not so much. Now, I'm going to tell you how to get a self-organized team and why it usually doesn’t work that well in conventional projects (for now).

Categories:
Data & Analytics,
CRM,
ERP,
Digitization

The top 10 misconceptions about the agile working approach

by Peter Burghardt on 08/14/2019

Agile this, agile that... Everything is turning agile. Everyone is talking about it, but many people don’t really know what it means. Recently, I have come across the term agilitis. I think it pretty accurately describes how agility is perceived. But will everything be better if we use the agile method? Does every business need to be agile in order to even function properly? And what on Earth does it even mean to take an agile approach? It’s time to clear up a few misconceptions!

Categories:
Data & Analytics,
CRM,
Collaboration,
ERP

Everything comes to an end... except projects?

by Peter Burghardt on 08/13/2019

Everyone is beaming with pride! We did it – the software is up and running. The project team and the customer have made it through the go-live. Everything is gradually going back to normal. It’s time to relax. Or at least it would be, if we didn't still have 1000 things to do.

Categories:
Data & Analytics,
CRM,
Collaboration,
ERP

Project goals: How can you know the way when you don’t know the destination?

by Peter Burghardt on 07/26/2019

Everyone likes to talk about the importance of defining project goals. Yet most projects don’t have any goals. Or worse, they have goals, but they're not measurable. You might be thinking: “My projects always have goals!” Do they? Or are these goals more like wishes?

Categories:
Data & Analytics,
CRM,
Collaboration,
ERP

The project manager did something totally unexpected. You won't believe what happened next!

by Peter Burghardt on 07/17/2019

Ok, granted, this time there’s actually something substantial behind the clickbait title. Imagine the following setting: Read more!

Categories:
Data & Analytics,
CRM,
Collaboration,
ERP

It is your project. Just do it!

by Peter Burghardt on 07/11/2019

Can you name that brand that uses the slogan “Just do it!”? Not too hard, right? Regardless of how you feel about a marketing campaign, you’re bound to associate it with a product or brand. Why shouldn't the same be true for a project?

Categories:
Data & Analytics,
CRM,
Collaboration,
ERP

Ready! Set! Whoops! or: Why the kick-off is so important for project success

by Peter Burghardt on 06/03/2019

You know how it is. A new project starts. You’ve heard one or two things through the grapevine, and then finally it’s kick-off time. Everyone’s psyched and motivated and then…

Categories:
Data & Analytics,
CRM,
Collaboration,
ERP