QRM Blogs and News

  • How to Develop a Strong Sense of Ownership in QRM Cells

    Professor Charlene Yauch I recently read a paper about how increased psychological ownership of a public good (like a lake or a park) increases the likelihood of engaging in stewardship behavior for that good.1 Psychological ownership is a feeling that you have a personal interest in the care of and performance of the ownership target…

  • Can the OEE Metric Be Used with QRM?

    Professor Charlene Yauch OEE stands for Overall Equipment Effectiveness. It is a popular metric associated with Lean Manufacturing, so you may be wondering whether it can be utilized with Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) or other manufacturing improvement philosophies. This question frequently comes up at QRM workshops.  This blog post describes briefly what OEE is and…

  • Why is Job Rotation Important for QRM?

    Professor Charlene Yauch Cross-training is a core element of Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) cells in both production and office areas. To provide flexibility as product mix changes and to keep processes moving, it is necessary to have employees that can perform a range of tasks. When deciding where to focus your cross-training efforts, key factors…

  • QRM From an Employee’s Perspective, or “WIIFM?”

    Professor Charlene Yauch Prior to implementing Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) cells, management should spend some time preparing answers to the WIIFM question. So, what exactly is this “WIIFM?” WIIFM stands for “What’s in it for me?” – in other words, it is important to consider the employees’ perspectives and think through what’s in it for…

  • Understanding the Queuing Guy’s Definition of Utilization

    Professor Charlene Yauch It is a long-standing tradition in manufacturing to try to get machines and people to work 100% of the available production time. If you don’t, you are not getting the maximum benefit from those resources, right?  To fully appreciate why 100% utilization is not a reasonable goal, we first need to understand…

  • QRM Center Plans for Growth Under New Leadership of Drs. Leyuan Shi and Charlene Yauch

    Dr. Leyuan Shi, an International Expert, Takes Over as Director Professor Leyuan Shi, QRM Center Director Dr. Leyuan Shi, a professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at University of Wisconsin-Madison, has taken over as the new Director of the Center for Quick Response Manufacturing. Dr. Shi is a leading international expert and…