24 Ağustos 2016 Çarşamba

amazon review: The Missing Links / Caroline Mondon / 2016

The Missing Links: A Demand Driven Supply Chain Detective Novel
The Missing Links: A Demand Driven Supply Chain Detective Novel
by Caroline Mondon
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Charming concept of book+ebook! Invites to contribute...., August 23, 2016            
I like the concept. It is beyond a book: book + ebook.
There is an affiliated web site which transforms your book to something in between kindle & iphone.
There are notes on the margins to reach the web site and find more details about that point.
Web site is encouraging you to contribute and tends to evolve to be a portal. This is like updating your iphone. You have the paperback but also updated through the web site. A squarecode option could be inserted.

This book is good for SME scaled starters. I believe appendixes in the web site would be enrichened by variety and detail through time.
The book covers TLS (TOC - Lean - SixSigma) approach more than DDMRP hence converging to Epiphanized: A Novel on Unifying Theory of Constraints, Lean, and Six Sigma, Second Edition and Velocity: Combining Lean, Six Sigma and the Theory of Constraints to Achieve Breakthrough Performance - A Business Novel.

Compared to well known Goldratt books I could simply say that this is a business NOVEL rather than BUSİNESS novel. It structured like The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement, there are wise guys explaining issues or thinking by themselves. Another relevant book in terms of supply chain replenishment is Isn't It Obvious? Revised Edition and it explains the TOC way of replenishment, not DDMRP way.

To my understanding there are two main streams in TOC World: First one is staying with the original concept, represented by Israel, namely TOC. Second one is evolving to cover MRP for conglomerates, represented by USA, namely DDMRP and relying on TLS approach. This book is on the USA side. Since most of the continuous improvement efforts are in lean approach and combined with a goal statement to stay focused reader must be patient to see DDMRP traces for a while. Appendixes are exciting for DDMRP.

I do like several small touches in the book:
NLP : could be utilized to ease thinking process and layers of resistance
Esperanto : could make dealing with global supply chains easier
common rehearsal : excellent demonstraiton to why and how we need to synchronize
proverbs : there are elegant French philosophers' quotations scattered around the book

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