This Sunday we were sitting in Barnes and Nobles and studying. I drifted away from my book and started thinking something when suddenly Swati asked â€œWhat are you dreaming? Get back to studyingâ€ (U know she is like that)â€¦ SO I started telling her what I was thinking, Actually I was thinking of all the manufacturing plants I have visited in my life for work, When I say Plant I mean Plant not IT office or Head quarters or corporate offices or anything else but actual Plants.. So here is the list I could come up withâ€¦
Mercedes in Alabama. This is my favoriteâ€¦
Invensys Building Systems in Rockford. This is the plant I have spent most time in.
Foxboro in Massachusetts
Boeing in Salt Lake city
Wacker Corp in Wisconsin
Flexco in Chicago
Yorozu in Mississippi
Tioga Pipe in Philadelphia
US Holdings in Florida
International truck in Ohio
Formed Fiber, All the plants in Auburn (Maine), Sumter (SC), sidney (Ohio)
Nortel Networks in Raleigh
TIC Gums in Pennsylvania
Metso Paper in Finland
Deckel Maho in Germany
Otis in Germany
Ferag in Switzerland
Hmm so it turned out to be pretty long list. But all of them have been unique and every unit/plant is different. U know Metso paper made Canonâ€™s before first world war. After the war, they had to make something else and guess what is closest to canons, Paper manufacturing machines. SO that is what they started making. Isnâ€™t that amazing. Ever visit has a story linked to itâ€¦ But for now I guess this one is enoughâ€¦
Today when I looked at my calendar I was surprised to see operations class on Monday. I was expecting Ethics. Anyway my prof wanted me to fill up a one page background info. One question in that was â€œList of Operations Management related activities I have been involved inâ€â€¦ Hmmm So I started thinking about itâ€¦Actually I have never held an operations related job. You know directly after coming out of college I started working for Baan. Baan made ERP software, I was trained in Distribution related functionality and later worked on OW the integration technology of Baan. Then after 3 years working for Baan I moved to US and worked on various projects where we implemented, integrated and automated ERP solutions. So did I manage operations no. But you know what I have seen to many things in operations, I have stood in front of management teams and recommended process reengineering based on inefficiencies.
Classic example was complete B2B strategy which was implemented for Flexco. Flexco had traditionally managed all of there order processing through phones. This was inefficient and error prone. We implemented a sophisticated B2B solutions which allows customers to upload orders either in Excel or XML format. Companies or distributors could directly post these XML documents over web, on receiving these orders the email was sent to sales reps and ordering company with order info. Once the order was shipped we sent another set of notification and users could download there invoices from the B2B site. It was not as simple as it sounds. There were issues related to production, shipping, billing we had to resolve before we could do anything. International customers had there own set of issues to be managed… Anyway but that was just one projectâ€¦ I have worked with more than 55 customers on various projects/issues..
The best time I have ever had on shop floor was at Invensys building systems in Rockford. I still do some consulting work for them. But when they went live with new ERP system. We had integrated there existing shipping software with BaanERP. On day of go live we reached the shipping dock at 6:30am and helped ship goods for whole day. That was fun. Can never forget that day.. If you really want to see America you have to go to places where things are made… “Made in America”….:)
Today we had our first class of Ethics. So what is Ethics? It is being good or evil. Anyway… In short the jist of the class was what do you do when you need to choose NOT BETWEEN right and wrong. In that case you should choose right but what do you do when you have to choose between right and right. How do you make that decision? Â Let me give an example. Letâ€™s say your best friend comes to u and asks u to lie for him/her else he/she will be in trouble. What will u do? Is loyalty more important or honesty? Anyway that is where Ethics comes in play…:) Â Anyway for me the bar to make a ethical decision is very simple, If my decision does not hurt anyone else that is fine. If someone is going to get hurt any decision I make I would like to make a decision which hurts less. Anyway.. that is me.. What is ur rule of thumb?? Think about it… Â Now at the end of the class that is at 8:58 our prof let us go and said so we are ending 2 minutes early today…. But u know what our class is actually scheduled to end at 9:15 so was it unethical not to tell him the truth? No one did…:)
This company is primarily about building a brand. Everything we do has an effect on the brand…. Certainly visual things have an initial impact and have to communicate pretty clearly the image we want to project. The quality of our products and the service levels we provide and the focus of our efforts are all crucially important in developing who and what this company is…. What we do with our people is another part of it…. How can we maintain such standards, the culture we have established in our Seattle markets, as we roll out stores rapidly in new markets?…
By Howard Schultz (CEO of Starbucks)
Now that I listed where we are in the course in my last post I guess it is time to recap what we learnt in last 7 months in each topics/subjects completed. So wait for recap… coming soon. 🙂
Its been long time since I blogged here. Man life has been hectic. School, Office, Personal life there is no time left. But life is good. Very good. So here we are afte almost 7 months into the program and we are done with
1. General Managemeng and Strategy
2. Corporate Financial Accounting
3. Developing Leadership and Management Skills
4. Analytical tools for decision making
5. Manegerial Accounting
6. Strategic microeconomics
7. Some Communications classes
Now we have started
1. Financial Management
2. Strategic Technology
So Classes are moving in full swing… Enjoy…
So all submissions are done and everyone is waiting for there results. I am sure everyone will do well. Best of luck to everyone. For me now is the time to look back and see what I leant in past 5 months. So I will try to summarize in 1 post each on Strategy, Corporate Financial accounting, Statistics and Leadership what I learnt. I know some of you may think I have nothing better to do in holidays…:):)
So lookout for next few posts on these topics….
Merry Christmas and Happy new year.
Its been ages since I wrote anything here. Life has been hectic school, work and then my health. I am tierd.. Hopefully I will get better soon.. Anyway.
Next few weeks are going to be hectic. Lot of stuff to submit…
1. Team Paper for Leadership
2. PDP for Leadership
3. Simulation project for Stats
4. Stats quiz…
Oh God… I hope I can spend some time without having my pain killers.. It is difficult to think after u have them..:(