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"Siren Song Alert"– Nissan North America Selects i2 Solutions to Help Enable Business Agility

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To be clear, I am *NOT* endorsing i2 as a “lean” tool. “Business Agility”? What is that?

“It is built on the principles of lean manufacturing and constraint-based planning, to get the best throughput and customer service levels at the lowest inventory level and cost.”

Really? Lean manufacturing principles? Which one(s) exactly? This reminds of the “Siren Song” article I linked to just the other day.

Does anyone have experience with this type of software as a “lean” tool? I've seen the i2 Factory Planner software at work, in great detail, and didn't find anything “lean” about it. For one, the software assumed a single, fixed capacity for a workcenter (a cell or a line). Any lean environment will have multiple capacity options, adding or removing operators to most closely match takt time. I never saw i2 do anything like that.

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent book is an anthology titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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