Tag Archives: Supply chain

Get staffed: Don’t become consultant inventory

Everyone understands inventory. It’s the stuff sitting on Home Depot’s shelves. It’s the frozen pizzas in the freezer. The unsold house in the neighborhood. The empty hotel rooms and empty movie seats. Non-billable consultants are no different. Non-billable consultants should either be selling new projects, or they are inventory. It’s complex. Inventory can be tricky… Read More »

Lean means no waste. No TIMWOOD

This is the most important thing you need to know as an operations consultant. Bold statement I know, but Lean is such a pivotal and fundamental point that it cannot be overstated. It is a philosophy of management, corporate culture, set of tools, and a useful way to think of process improvement. While six sigma… Read More »

“On the beach” means you are consulting inventory

Everyone understands inventory. It’s the stuff sitting on Home Depot’s shelves. It’s the frozen pizzas in the freezer. The unsold house in the neighborhood. The empty hotel rooms and empty movie seats. Non-billable consultants are no different. Non-billable consultants should either be selling new projects, or they are inventory. It’s complex. Inventory can be tricky… Read More »

What lawyers can teach you about supply chain

To get a product or service to market, it often passes through dozens countries, factories, airports, trains, ships, and hands.  For anyone who read The World is Flat (2005) by Thomas Friedman, it’s a foregone conclusion that globalization and international trade are here to stay. This weekend, I went to the grocery store with my wife, and we got… Read More »

10 reasons why supply chain is not boring

Supply chain seems boring. To most people, the phrase “supply chain” creates little excitement. To the chagrin of operational consultants everywhere, it probably ranks close to the bottom on the list of sexy MBA topics – somewhere close to the mundane topics of corporate governance or airline operating leases. MBAs would be embarrassed to admit that… Read More »