OPS 571 Complete Class Week 1 – 5 All Assignments and Discussion Questions – A+ Graded Course Material

Week 1 Individual Assignment: Design a Flowchart for a Process

Select a process you perform daily but would like to spend less time doing, such as driving to work. Don’t use something as simple as combing your hair, reading email or taking a shower. Those will not give you enough data points to complete the assignments in latter weeks. Conversely don’t pick something too complicated like month end closing of the books.

Design a flowchart using an appropriate tool. Follow good flow charting techniques.

Comment on the factors that affect the process design.

Identify at least one metric to measure the process.

Submit your flowchart for the process.

Begin collecting data for the identified metric every day of the workweek. You must submit the data collected at the end of each week.  

Week 1 DQ 1

What is the difference between product layout and process layout? Which product and process layout represents your organization’s current layout? Is the product and process layout appropriate? What challenges have been faced as a result of the current layout? 

Week 1 DQ 2

What are process flow structures? What structure does your organization rely on the most? How effective has the structure been in achieving organizational goals? 

Week 2 Individual Assignment: Apply the Learning Curve Theory

Review the Pizza Store Layout simulation. During your review, examine the process in this simulation. Play it at least twice, and pay attention to the learning curve. Do not worry about the statistical control in this assignment.

Submit five to ten points of process performance data for the performance metrics identified in the Pizza Store Layout simulation.

Write a paper of at least 700 words in which you consider an alternative to the process. How might you apply the learning curve concepts to test the alternative against the existing process? How good is the initial process data?

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Continue collecting data on the process identified in Week One.

Respond to individual Discussion Questions in the Main forum 

Week 2 DQ 1

How do service providers with which you are familiar manage queues? How effective have they been at managing queues? Is the appropriate method for managing queues currently being utilized? 

Week 2 DQ 2

In what ways does your organization rely on statistical process control? As organizations seek to become more effective, what role might statistical process control play, if any? 

Week 3 Individual Assignment: Bottlenecks in a Process

Write at least a 350-word paper based upon the data collected on the process you identified in Week One.

Identify and discuss the main bottleneck in this process.

Apply Goldratt’s theory of constraints to identify and overcome process bottlenecks.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines. 

Week 3 DQ 1

What are the benefits of project management? Provide an example of how you have relied on project management. Based on your readings, how might you improve your project management skills? 

Week 3 DQ 2

What is the difference between synchronous manufacturing and just-in-time manufacturing? How might your organization rely on these methods to become more competitive and efficient? 

Week 4 Learning Team Assignment: Production Plan for Riordan Manufacturing

Write a paper of at least 1,050 words discussing strategic capacity planning and lean production for the new process design and supply chain process for the electric fans at Riordan.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines. 

Week 4 DQ 1

What role does supply chain management play for organizations seeking to gain the competitive advantage? Would it be advantageous for your organization to focus its efforts on improving its supply chain? 

Week 4 DQ 2

What is value stream mapping and how might it be applied in your organization? 

Week 5 Individual Assignment: Process Improvement Plan

Complete the Statistical Process Control for the process identified in Week One.

Write a paper of at least 1,050 words in which you explain the control limits, including the calculations and data used to determine them.

Discuss the effect of any seasonal factors using the process performance data collected each week.

Discuss the confidence intervals and their usefulness based on the number of data points.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines. 

Week 5 DQ 1

What enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems does your organization rely on? Choose an ERP system and discuss why you believe this system might help your organization become more efficient and perform well. 

Week 5 DQ 2

Why are master production schedules necessary for manufacturers? In what ways do master production schedules help organizations become more efficient? 

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OPS 571 (Operations Management) Complete Class A+ Graded

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