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Bad Smells in Manufacturing: Resequencing

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This article is part of a series on manufacturing practices that should be seen as red flags; practices that stink so bad that something must have gone seriously wrong. One such stench is the practice of resequencing: it’s costly, disruptive and completely unnecessary.

Happy 2016!

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Happy New Year!

May 2016 bring you, and your family, joy, fun and many rewards!

Doesn't time fly when you're having fun? It's been a while since I last blogged, but I'm still here and still in business—indeed I celebrated 5 years of Hindsight at the beginning of November 2015. Thanks to my clients, collaborators and suppliers for making the last 5 years such a great experience!

Your Simulation Questions Answered

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So, you’re thinking of using simulation within your organization. Is simulation worthwhile? What are the pros & cons? Should you recruit an in-house team or outsource? What skills should your team possess? Which software should you purchase? How should you conduct simulation studies? Are there any other gotchas?

Good questions, all. In this article, I’ll attempt to cover each as briefly as possible. If you would like more detailed explanations on any point, feel free to call me on +1 (313) 451-4001 and I’ll do my best to assist.

Happy Birthday, Hindsight!

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Where does the time go? I've just realized that today is the third anniversary of Hindsight Consulting, Inc. opening its doors. Happy Birthday, Hindsight!

Hindsight Attending MSUG Annual Conference 2013

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I'll be attending the Michigan Simulation User Group (MSUG) 2013 Annual Conference at the Management Education Center in Troy, MI on Wednesday, October 16.

If you are planning to attend and would like to meet up, please call me on +1 (313) 451-4001.

MSUG 2013 Q3 Newsletter

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Things have been very hectic around here of late, and I've fallen a little behind with my blog updates. In particular, I neglected to mention that I published the 2013 Q3 issue of the Michigan Simulation User Group (MSUG) Newsletter back on September 15.

MSUG 2013 Q2 Newsletter

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In my role as Newsletter Editor for the Michigan Simulation User Group (MSUG), I published our Q2 Newsletter for 2013, on schedule, back on June 15. Unfortunately, I managed to mangle a link to one of the articles and had to issue a corrected version a couple of days later... Whoops!

Apologies for the slightly tardy announcement.

If you'd like to sign-up for future issues, please visit the MSUG subscription page.

Don't Just Jump On The Next Bandwagon—Innovate!

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No matter what industry you’re in, you’re not going to steal a march on the competition by jumping on the same bandwagons that they’re on. Instead, you need to innovate. Adopting lean production, six-sigma, theory of constraints, etc. will all help you improve your business, but, if your competitors are applying the same techniques to their businesses and processes, then the best you can hope for is parity.

Unfortunately, innovation is something that’s very easy to say, but which sounds very difficult to achieve. Or is it...?

MSUG 2013 Q1 Newsletter

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I'm currently in the third and final year of my second term on the Steering Committee of the Michigan Simulation User Group (MSUG). Each year, the Steering Committee members are given a different role. In the past, I've served as secretary, webmaster and program manager. This year, it's my turn to edit and publish the MSUG quarterly newsletter.

In the past, we've done a poor job of getting our newsletter out. Some years we've managed one or two issues a year, and in others, none at all. I resolved to change that. At the beginning of this year, I published the 2012 Q4 Newsletter, in which I made a promise to publish an issue each quarter on the 15th of the 3rd month.

So far, I've been able to keep that promise. Click this link to read this year's Q1 Newsletter. If you would like to sign up for future issues, please visit the MSUG subscription sign-up page.

Is Pi Wrong?

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Today, March 14 (or 3.14, if that helps make more sense), is π day—a celebration of the constant defined by the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, and promoted as a day for celebrating mathematics.

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