Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Kerala govt honours Malayalam Poet Vishnu Narayan Nambuthiri..

The poet besides thanking the government for the step, also thanked it profusely for ensuring that his disciple Jiji Thomson IAS, Additional Secretary to Government of India would never again be hounded by vested political interests in the Palmolien case and it is once for all cremated for posterity .. The court had years before absolved Jiji of all false charges in the Palmolein case ..

The poet with all earnestness, simplicity and innocence asked why a pure soul had to suffer for the past 20 years the ignominy of false accusations and political brickbatting ..

george easaw..

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Keiretsu, supplier engagment article in HBR, Sept '13 issue ..

It was an interesting article by Prof Katsuki Aoki and Tomas Taro Leneffors in the Sept '13 issue of HBR.

Benefits of Keiretsu are

1. Keiretsu helps in bringing innovation,  
2. reduce product development time and costs of products by allowing the OEMs who work with the suppliers, training suppliers' engineers, bringing suppliers' engineers into new product development teams at the OEM. 
3. Keiretsu helps the suppliers by making their organisation a learning organisation, helping OEMs to be more competitive.

Important points regarding Keiretsu are ..

1. develop trust and good relationship with suppliers 
2. do not be specific in what suppliers need to achieve as stated in the terms of engagement. Let there be vagueness which helps the supplier to improvise and come up with startling changes and improvements. 
3. Instead of buying individual parts, suppliers are encouraged to supply integrated systems of components. 
4. suppliers are encouraged to bring in changes like reducing weight, improving product performance etc voluntarily 
5. encourage obeya meetings, (large hall) where all stakeholders are consulted (similar to concurrent engineering) and consensus arrived at before final design is approved 
6. suppliers willing to experiment and learn from mistakes and experience are the most promising ones who need to be nourished,.


Lean startups ..

Click here for the free HBR reprint ..

Why 75% of all start ups fail ? how can experimentation, customer feedback, iterative design, fast failing and continuous learning as proposed by Prof Steven Blank of Stanford University help setup a successful startup ..


Class discussion on the Coffee supply chain ..

This morning at Alliance University, Bangalore, it was a great discussion about the coffee supply chain that happened in the MBA sem 2, ...

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