In the previous post, we’d discussed the importance of Researching to understand if agile manufacturing would be suitable for your current business model and Appointing a Task Force to accomplish these goals.
The key to agile manufacturing can sometimes be the partnerships that the organizations have. This is the reason why it is important to observe the partnerships that exist and to examine the possible options that you could hold in those relations. You should do this before the new approach is implemented. This is important for two reasons:
- It will ensure that the stable partnerships will be strengthened in order to enhance agile manufacturing.
- It enables the partnerships that don’t work for your benefit to be located so that those ties may be cut off. This will benefit the organization by eliminating unnecessary costs.
It is important to evaluate the partnerships with your existing supplier in order to categorize your relationships into the two groups shown above. Agile manufacturing can be benefited by the relationships you can take advantage of. When you eliminate the ones that do not strengthen the capabilities of your organization, money but more importantly time will be regained. Be mindful of the partnerships with your suppliers you keep; especially those associated with your speed and responsiveness.
In the following blog post, we’ll review the importance of Drawing Out a Long-Term Plan.