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August 2011    |    Volume: 43    |    Number: 8

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Kevin McManus 

Performance by Kevin McManus

No lines, no waiting
I regularly teach others to take as much waste out of the value stream as they can, with such waste defined by customers. But regarding wait times in the service world, we are told to “live with it” at the risk of being labeled “impatient.”

Paul Engle 

Management by Paul Engle

An improving cloud
Just last year I wrote that the cloud was not ready for prime time because of issues with security and reliability. Despite those issues and a recent incident at Amazon, it seems like the cloud, and its impact on your company and your personal life, is here to stay.

D. Junell Scheeres 

Health Systems by D. Junell Scheeres

A healthy supply chain
Working in supply chain management for a healthcare delivery system leads to much unsolicited advice regarding the sourcing, procurement and logistics management of medical supplies and equipment. But the unique relationship between healthcare partners, customers and stakeholders can impose conflicting management challenges.

Paul Templin 

Manufacturing by Paul Templin 

A thankless task
Supply chain professionals all share the common experience of meeting with a senior manager, director or senior vice president to explain that you have either too much or too little inventory because of the forecast, not the supply chain. Indeed, the problem is that those forecasts keep changing.

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