I was talking to several people recently and I mentioned the importance of change management to them and they didn’t know what I was talking about. It seems that most people still haven’t heard about change management, or behavioral change management as some call it.
In a recent discussion, I mentioned the S88 standard on Batch Control. I referenced it with regards to recipes and specifically talked about the management and dissemination of recipes. I got a lot of feedback on all that and I wanted to say how much I appreciate getting comments and questions.
The last time we talked about recipes and specifications I made a big point that while only a few people in the company were responsible for managing recipes and specifications, almost every single person in the company used some data from the recipes and specifications at some time or the other.
I hope you’ve had some time to think about this. And, I bet you’ve come to the conclusion that I may not be 100% correct in that everyone in the company uses the recipes and specifications from time to time, but you realize that there are a lot more people that use the recipes and specifications than you ever thought about before.
Everyone knows recipes and specifications. They know that they have them and they use them and so on. And, they know that they have a group or department, probably part of R&D, that’s ultimately responsible for all the recipes and specifications.
In the last post, I talked about manufacturing traceability and supply chain traceability and hopefully made the case that they’re some big differences between the two. And, even if I didn’t convince you, I hope I at least convinced you to think about it some more and think about what manufacturing traceability really means. So, it’s time to get into it a little more.
Traceability is one of those words that’s been around for awhile now in manufacturing and the supply chain and has lots of different meanings. It just means different things to different people.
In the last post I gave you some homework around the idea of operational excellence. I hope you did your homework and learned some things.
You’ve probably heard me talk before about the idea of operational excellence. In additional to operational excellence, I’ve probably called it manufacturing performance, predictable manufacturing, or even reliable manufacturing.