Bookmarks Project

This section represents the contributions of our students to the resources for classes. In each class, students have been asked identify a website or web resource that may be useful to others taking the course or to those interested in a related subject area. The "bookmarks" are then submitted with explanations of the value the contributors believe they represent. Over time, this area offer the collective efforts of students who quite often are the best sources for classroom material.


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GMAN 505 Forecasting and Operations


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This site provides video tours of various manufacturing and processing sites, thus giving some "feel" for what happens in an actual factory. Enjoy!

Friday, 11 July 2008

Here's a "free" forecasting tool that can be used for a quickie calulation.

It's pretty user friendly. Just give them credit if you use it in any publications. See below

To cite in publications use:
Wessa, P. (2008), Free Statistics Software, Office for Research Development and Education,
version 1.1.23-r1, URL




Saturday, 26 July 2008
Capacity Management
This article describes our approach to Capacity Planning and Control encompassing, Goldratt and his "Theory of Constraints", Rough Cut Capacity Planning (RCCP), "Participative Master Production Scheduling (MPS)", Lean Manufacturing and Supply Chains and "Pull" systems. It also discusses how to avoid spending lots of money on Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS), Work flow, BPM or MRP2 systems, Finite material and capacity planning (including OPT, and PERT networks)
Monday, 28 July 2008
For all of you who've falllen in love with Forecasting now, and want to wrap your arms around it, here's a link to a software to play with. Tuesday, 29 July 2008
Optimizing Workers - The new field of Numerati Sunday, 07 September 2008
Here's a short interview with DeGrange from Boeing since we're working on that case. He talks about some interesting things (more relevant after the first 5 minutes) about using a digital library to fulfill orders for parts after the plane has been in service for many years and some of the difficulties they face. Monday, 11 August 2008
Since we're on the topic of airplanes...I thought this was a cool video showing the full assembly of a Delta plane in 4 minutes. It's hard to imagine how you become so efficient in producing such a large product of which you produce few of. Monday, 11 August 2008
Friday, 15 August 2008
Search for the following titles:1. Building Boeing 7472. Boeing 777 PTQ: Put Together Quickly3. Building the Boeing 777-200LR4. How Quick can you build a Boeing 737-700 orShould give you some ground work and help with your understanding of the case, while you study for it. Good luck! Sunday, 17 August 2008

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I took a tour of the Boeing facility several years ago and it was amazing the magnitude of the operation. This website descrobes some of the Boeing philosophy.


Leslie Schwarz

Tuesday, 19 August 2008
Boeing builds the 787 Dreamliner: A five part Youtube exclusive!Please copy the URL's below into your browser. Boeing Revolutionizes Flight: 787 Dreamliner - Episode 1 Revolutionizes Flight: 787 Dreamliner - Episode 2 Revolutionizes Flight: 787 Dreamliner - Episode 3 Revolutionizes Flight: 787 Dreamliner - Episode 4 Revolutionizes Flight: 787 Dreamliner - Episode 5 Friday, 22 August 2008
Worth every GMAN 505 - Ops Mgmt student's hour in gold. Enjoy! Once on YouTube, also search for the titles on the following related articles DELL FactoryTour 6:57 min Dell Invites You to share 1:37 min Michael Dell talks about Dell Services at Oracle OpenWorld 3:56 min Michael Dell's Advice to Entrepreneurs 2:28 min Sunday, 24 August 2008

You will find excellent articles on Operations Management on this site. Here is one such article that is relavant to us.

Featured Article
Managing global supply chains: McKinsey Global Survey Results

August 2008

A McKinsey Quarterly survey finds that supply chain risk is rising sharply. However, supply chain management isn’t keeping pace: most respondents say that their companies aren’t meeting strategic goals for it, and relatively few have acted on the global trends with the most influence over supply chains.

Monday, 25 August 2008
After our discussion Satruday on Boeing I review my notes on The Product-Process Matrix, I found an example of a Job Shop-Batch Product Process with Low Volume output. Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Production Line Tuesday, 26 August 2008
The Association for Operations Management is an organization whose mission is to advance the science and art of Operations Management, assist operations management professionals with career advancement, and to help grow the economy. There are several programs that offer certificates including: CIRM - Certified in Integrated Resource Management CPIM - Certificate in Production and Inventory Mangement CFPIM - Certified Fellow in Prroduction and Inventory Management CSCP - Certified Supply Chain Professional This looks like a great resource for Operations professionals. Monday, 08 September 2008
This website is full of interesting topics and news about business related topics such as operations management, marketing, strategic management, human resources, ethics and a whole lot more. Check it out! Monday, 08 September 2008

The following article combines the concepts from operations management and organizational behavior in regards to how organizations manage their talent. The article uses inventory management and supply chain concepts and contrasts it to talent management. The point made is you don't want your talent to "age" in inventory or they can leave the organization.

The main point was to emphasize that the human resources groups would benefit greatly by applying operations management principles and concepts to their everyday work.

Wednesday, 10 September 2008
The article reviews that Active On Demand has joined Ford's supplier list. Active On Demand is a preeminent freight transportation management network. As Ford continues to cut the number of suppliers and its costs finding suppliers such as Active On Demand will produce an efficient and cost effective transportation mode Wednesday, 10 September 2008
This YouTube video presents basic operations management principles in a series of comical skits. Enjoy! Friday, 12 September 2008
The Supply-Chain Council (SCC) is a global, non-profit consortium open to all types of organizations. It sponsors and supports educational programs including conferences, retreats, benchmarking studies, and development of the Supply-Chain Operations Reference-model (SCOR), the process reference model designed to improve users' efficiency and productivity. The Council is dedicated to improving the supply chain efficiency of its practitioner members.

The Council's current goals include the following:

    * Continuously working to provide the SCOR-model in current and widely applicable form,
    * Expanding knowledge about the SCOR-model around the globe,
    * Sponsoring events that provide supply chain management education and networking for members and nonmembers alike,
    * Promoting research and thought leadership in the supply chain management area,
    * Supporting educators in their dissemination of SCOR related materials and knowledge,
    * Providing awards to organizations demonstrating supply chain excellence.
Friday, 12 September 2008
APICS The Association for Operations Management is the global leader and premier source of the body of knowledge in operations management, including production, inventory, supply chain, materials management, purchasing, and logistics.The Golden Gate Chapter (GGC) is the oldest APICS chapter in the Bay Area. Founded in 1960, GGC includes over 250 members, representing local, national, and multi-national companies.Participation in local chapters enables members to pursue leadership opportunities that expand skill sets, enhance career growth, and increase marketability. APICS chapter volunteers are provided with training, support and online chapter volunteer resources. Friday, 12 September 2008
This web-site discusses all forms of supply chain and logistical information for many different industries. The August interview with Bill McBeath, managing director in the Supply Chain Risk Intelligence Group of Marsh discusses how retailers and suppliers are suppose to be partners, but usually end up competitors. McBeath goes on to discuss ways to try and avoid this. Unfortunately, you do need to sign up for a free subscription to listen, but there are a lot of interesting interviews. Another interview I found interesting was Long Tail, Short Notice: The Challenge of Forecasting. Friday, 12 September 2008
Supply Chain Management (SCM) is regarded as an operational process that streamlines the flow of materials and products. For the last 20 years, the ‘supply chain management’ term has been used to describe the integration of activities that procures materials, transforms them into intermediate goods and final products, before delivering them to customers (Heizer and Render, 2001), and the “supply chain” is the array of firms that work within this framework. The objective of a supply chain is to maximize the overall value generated, such as faster delivery, improved quality or reduced costs, with the primary purpose for the existence of any supply chain being to satisfy customer needs.Today, RFID is being envisaged for use in enterprise supply chain management to improve the efficiency of inventory tracking and management. RFID is a system for tagging and identifying mobile objects such as store merchandise, postal packages and sometimes, living organisms (like pets). Using a special device called an RFID reader, RFID allows objects to be labeled and tracked as they move from location to location. RFID works using small (sometimes smaller than a fingernail) pieces of hardware called RFID chips. These chips feature an antenna to transmit and receive radio signals. So-called passive RFID chips do not have a power source, but active RFID chips do. RFID chips may be attached to objects, or in the case of some passive RFID systems, injected into objects.Growth and adoption of RFID in the enterprise supply chain market is currently limited because current commercial technology does not link the indoor tracking to the overall end-to-end supply chain visibility. Coupled with fair cost-sharing mechanisms, rational motives and justified returns from RFID technology investments are the key ingredients to achieve long-term and sustainable RFID technology adoptionThe attached Video(s) serve as a useful introduction to the concept of RFID in some real world applications: RFID for Efficient Supply Chain through inventory tracking (Video) RFID in the book industry(Video), A comparison between traditional SCM and e-SCM, The Department of Marketing, University of Stirling, Scotland, UK.Heizer J., Render B., (2001), Operations Management 6th ed., Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Lester DCruz Friday, 12 September 2008
xbox supply chain - Innovation in supply chain managment.The importance of supply chain colaberation with suppliers B. Keith Clark Saturday, 13 September 2008
I found this material on the bullwhip effect, and particularly like the use of the beergame to simulate and get the point across. Wednesday, 17 September 2008
This is a really interesting article on the innovation and flexibility of BMW's Manufacturing System. It talks about BMW's strategy to provide customization and flexibility over cost control. BMW's marginal revenue from customization is higher than the marginal cost advantage it gives up. Wednesday, 17 September 2008