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Backbone of the Lean Enterprise (Presentation)
James B. Ayers
Westec 2004, Society of Manufacturing Engineers,
March 2004

What does it take to make “lean” a reality? The presentation and accompanying technical paper delves into the definition of lean foundations: enterprise definition, lean scope, and backbone, including enabling processes. The documents identify elements needed to extend lean manufacturing over a multicompany supply chain. This presentation was presented at the Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ WESTEC 2004 conference.
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Rooting Out Supply Chain Costs
James B. Ayers, Optimize, October 2003, Issue 24

The Chief Information Officer (CIO) and other corporate managers need to understand how costs are generated before they can undertake solutions to lower them. This succinct article describes the impact of visibility, variability, product design, and information sharing on cost. Addressing one or more of these root causes improves the chances of success.

Expertise on Demand: the Supply Chain World Needs Industrial Engineering Now
James B. Ayers, Industrial Engineering, Institute of Engineers, March 2009

Go to IIE HomepageThe article describes shifting paradigms in the supply chain management discipline. The changes from conventional to emerging paradigms call for new skills and mastery of the "art" of implementation. Industrial engineers are well positioned to provide these capabilities to organizations in industry, service businesses, and government.

Know the ABCs of Retail Supply Chain Costs
James B. Ayers & Mary Ann Odegaard
CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly, Quarter 2, 2007

This article appeared in the inaugural edition of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professional’s Supply Chain Quarterly. The article is based on Chapter 19 of Jim Ayers and Mary Ann Odegaard’s book, Retail Supply Chain Management. The article describes a methodology for identifying costs, using an activity-based cost snapshot, across a multicompany supply chain. The technique supports product pricing, make or buy decisions, and targeted cost reductions.

Sister Act: A Makeover
Patricia Gray
Fortune Small Business, December 2007

The article describes the contributions of a panel that included Jim Ayers and Mary Ann Odegaard of the University of Washington. The panel, organized by Fortune Small Business (FSB), counseled natural product manufacturer Sister Sky management in a “makeover” of their retail strategy. Sister Sky, located on an Indian reservation near Spokane, manufactures a product line based on traditional Native American natural ingredients.

Supply Chain Prestudies
James B. Ayers
Information Strategy: the Executive's Journal, Winter 2001

How do you start a supply chain redesign effort? The prestudy is a "front end" that focuses the supply chain improvement program. It involves organizing end users into market segments, documenting existing products and supply chains, and analyzing their profitability.

Root Cause – Weak Links
James B. Ayers
Information Strategy: the Executive's Journal,
Summer 2001

Budget-busting systems aren’t the only answer! Supply chain linkages between companies don’t have to cost a fortune. The article describes alternative techniques for links between suppliers and customers.

Supply Chain Systems – Are You Ready?
James B. Ayers and David R. Malmberg
Information Strategy: the Executive's Journal,
Winter 2002

Achieving supply chain excellence is like climbing a mountain with four “camps” (or levels of supply chain maturity) on the way to the summit. Two “enablers” improve chances for success. The first is a supportive organization. The second is the “demand-driven” supply chain. Moving to the next level requires a coordinated effort.

You'd Better Know Your "ABC's": Process Mapping and Activity Based Costing
Jim Ayers and Larry Benson
REPertoire, April 1996

Traditional accounting doesn’t cut it any more. Activity-based costing is needed in designing distribution industry supply chains. Included in the article are the benefits of the approach and an overview how it is done.

TQM and Information Technology: Partners for Profit
James B. Ayers
Information Strategy: the Executive's Journal, Spring 1993

TQM and its focus on processes should accompany the introduction of information technology. This increases the chances that the technology deployment will be successful. In many cases the CTO must assure that the organization adopts vital elements of TQM.

Faced with globalization and outsourcing, IT professionals must continue to create value. In early 2004, this article was revised. This update reinforces themes in the original. It was written at the request of ICFAI Books, ICFAI University, Hyderabad, India. Click here for the updated version. This document is frequently the most requested on the site.

Application of Computer-Assisted Techniques to Indirect Cost Identification and Reduction
James B. Ayers
Society of Manufacturing Engineers Technical Paper, 1984

This technical paper explains both top-down and bottom-up approaches to cost analysis and control. It describes two case studies – from Bell Helicopter and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. They hold lessons for today’s managers seeking more cost-effective operations, particularly in companies with large indirect costs. This technical paper was presented in 1984 at the Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ AUTOFACT conference and remains relevant today.

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