Each month new articles, book reviews, and other content are added to the Superfactory website. The new content is featured in the free monthly e-newsletter which goes out to 50,000 subscribers worldwide, and we will also post a monthly heads-up on this blog.
New content in December includes:
The featured article is the first in a series by Brian Maskell, and is titled Lean Accounting – Beyond the Back Office. The following is a brief excerpt, and you can read the entire article here.
In our practice at BMA Inc., when we first introduce lean accounting to companies, questions always arise, something along the lines of: “Well, that all makes sense, but how do you do it?” or “How do you get this past your auditors?” or “Is this really GAAP compliant?” and the like. This series of articles will examine details or “how to’s” of this evolving discipline and show you how to put it to work in your company as a business management system that supports your lean manufacturing efforts seamlessly.
The Featured Blog Post is our recent piece titled Boeing’s Outsourcing Hell. The following is a brief excerpt, and you can read the entire post here.
A year ago we began to question the rationale of the supply chain convolution Boeing was creating for the 787 Dreamliner, and we’ve chronicled the problems since then. From having to design and build huge Rube Goldberg transportation devices, miscalculating total assembly time, transferring knowledge to a potential competitor, running out of fasteners, and even spinning off a subassembly operation that turned into a profitable company… something just didn’t pass muster. Sure there are a lot of political aspects to their selling activities, and the design and technology of the Dreamlifter is extraordinary… but was it worth it?
The featured book this month is Accounting for World Class Operations by Jerry Solomon. The following is a brief summary, click here for more Information.
Firms need performance measurements that reflect the benefits of change made from implementing Lean practices. Too often those benefits are hidden in outdated accounting reports filled with indecipherable, archaic jargon. The need for a clearer, simpler, more strategic performance measurement system in Lean companies is long past due. Solomon and Fullerton present that roadmap in their unique and timely book. Their clear and concise writing take the mystery and fear out of a Lean accounting conversion and their case examples from real-world experiences of successful accounting changes that support Lean conversions are insightful for those wanting reassurance and direction.
We continually update the other major sections of the website, including:
- Events Calendar: a listing of lean excellence seminars, workshops, training, and conferences worldwide
- Topic Information: Summaries and resources on over 40 enterprise excellence topics.
- History of Excellence: A growing timeline of notable events that helped shape current-day enterprise excellence
- Online E-Learning Center: Fourteen interactive online presentations on the core concepts of lean manufacturing.
- PowerPoint Presentations: Over 50 downloadable PowerPoint presentations on lean manufacturing, quality, enterprise, and safety concepts.
- Factory Toolbox: Almost 300 downloadable forms, procedure templates, assessments, and tools to help you not reinvent the wheel.
- Tools and Assessments: Downloadable assessment tools.
- Virtual Factory Tours: Web and streaming video tours of over 100 factories.
We are always looking for new articles and other content. Contact us via the Superfactory website if you would like to contribute to our knowledge base.