of lot sizes of one.
Selling to the builder channel
demands a semi-custom operation
tightly controlled by a real-time
execution system manned by a semi-
skilled work force operating more
dedicated processes. Both factories
build cabinets using similar materials
and processes, but how they operate is
as opposite as night and day.
The choice of factory design is
market-driven, hinged on the target
customer’s definition of satisfaction.
Harvard professor Wickham
Skinner, an early advocate of
manufacturing as a competitive
weapon, coined the term focused
factory to describe such a
manufacturing facility. He formulated
three truisms that underpin the
concept of focused manufacturing:
1. A factory cannot perform well
on every measure. A long list of well-known metrics exists for tracking
a factory’s success or failure. In a
successful factory however, managers
focus on the few measures that require
excellence by its customers. Those
metrics must align the work force on
what’s important by monitoring the
processes that produce the benefits
prescribed in the value proposition.
In our example, satisfying the
homebuilder market requires reliable
delivery to the job site. The primary
metric to monitor, in that factory
therefore, is on-time delivery reliability.
2. Simplicity and repetition create competency. The learning curve
is real. By keeping tasks simple and
recurring, labor productivity, quality,
and other metrics will show excellent
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