Adding Value Through The Sourcing Process

Search the internet for an article/blog that supports and one that questions the benefit of a lean and/or Six Sigma approaches to improve an organization’s processes.  Critically think about the articles to complete a 2-3 page paper with the following:

  1. Compare and contrast the assertions made in each article/blog.  Where do they agree and disagree?
  2. Using the lean and/or Six Sigma approach, what two actions could an organization take to improve the possibility for long-term improvement in an organization’s processes?
  3. Select a product with which you’re familiar as a manufacturer or customer and make an assumption about its stage in the product life cycle.  Assuming your organization is using a Lean approach to remove waste from your organization, use the readings through Week 3 to explain the factors you will look for from your critical suppliers to support the Lean approach.

Resources & References

Week 3 Reading, Adding Value Through the Sourcing Process:

  • From IndustryWeek:

The Goal of the Lean Supply Chain (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

  • Choose 2-3 articles from LeanCor, a site dedicated to lean supply chain :

LeanCor Supply Chain Group – Articles (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

  • A write-up on the linkage between sourcing and the product life cycle by Source One:

Strategic Sourcing Throughout the Product Lifecycle (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

  • Quality terms glossary:

ASQ Quality Glossary (Links to an external site.)

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