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Planning Vs. Execution: Part 1– Putting the Right Horse in the Race for 2013

February 14, 2013

Whether you’re trying to get in shape, get more done, or get your business to the next level, the beginning of the year is a time for planning. What did I do right last year? What did I do wrong? How can I do better this year? And then, like a breeder preparing his horse for racing season, you buy new feed, get new horse shoes on your horse’s feet, plan out your training schedule and get your prime contender ready for the big day.

In a machine shop this means buying new machines, tuning up old ones and planning out your goals: “These are the industries we want to pursue.” “These are the processes we’re going to fine tune.” And it’s great when everything goes as planned. But that’s not always the case. Maybe your star horse takes a spill in training, or maybe one of your machines decides to up and give out.

Success in manufacturing is twofold: It involves planning for the future, and reacting to the present. Put another way, it means training your best horse but having another one ready to go. When it comes down to it, on the day of the race you better have a horse on the starting line. Your customers don’t ever want to hear “we can’t do it.” Maybe your most efficient process is down. So you repurpose other machines, and adjust your production schedule. You cut seconds here to get more products out the door there.

Coming through for your customer does more than ensure the success of one project. It builds trust, which will lead to more projects in the future, and begins a relationship that can go on to benefit both companies.

But what happens when the entire race track changes under your feet? Check out our next blog post for the answer, and follow the blog to be sure you don’t miss it.  

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