Unit 4

 
This week you are preparing a scheduling methodology matrix for the  production staff to use for scheduling  when order contracts are  produced.  In your research look at the various scheduling methodologies  available and pick the best one based on how Kibby and Strand conducts  operations.  The memo to the COO should inform him / her as to the  purpose of the matrix and why the methodology selected is best for the  organization.

In the matrix you want to list the common scheduling methodologies,  and evaluate them to determine which works best for Kibby and Strand’s  operational process.  You can find the various scheduling methodologies  using research and the most common ones are listed in Table 16.3 on page  702 of the textbook.  Based on how Kibby and Strand prioritizes  production orders for its contracts, a couple of these methodologies  will stand out as better.  Basically, you taking the reading from  Chapters 5 and 6 and coupling that with research and Table 16.3 to build  a matrix to evaluate various production scheduling methodologies.

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Module 3, Forecasting and Contracts (Scenario) in Practice  Operations. Based on their observations in this scenario, and upon a  careful review of the available literature, the student is to consider  him or herself to be the Production Manager of Kibby and Strand, the  company in the scenario.

Formulate a scheduling methodology evaluation matrix for managing  Kibby and Strand production based on incoming contracts.  Specifically,  the matrix should consider each of the scheduling methodologies  discussed in Chapters 5 and 6, and evaluate their utility based on how  Kibby and Strand runs its operations.  Also prepare a memo to the COO  describing the matrix and your conclusions regarding the best scheduling  methodology to use within Kibby and Strand.

This matrix and memo should be prepared as a single Microsoft™ Word  document, and then attached to the unit discussion thread. There is no  minimum or maximum in terms of the word count; however, the response  should explicitly address all required components of this discussion  assignment. The document should be prepared consistent with the APA  writing style (6th edition) and reflect higher level cognitive processing (analysis, synthesis and or evaluation).  

Instruction Guidance: It would be prudent to  consider content covered in chapters 5 and 6 of the textbook; however,  there are many other useful resources available on the Internet and in  the literature to support the construction of your action plan. 

This plan should be prepared as a Microsoft™ Word document, and then  attached to the unit discussion thread. There is no minimum or maximum  in terms of the word count; however, the response should explicitly  address all required components of this discussion assignment. The  document should be prepared consistent with the APA writing style (6th edition) and reflect higher level cognitive processing (analysis, synthesis and or evaluation).  

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