Four Day Virtual Operations Management in Changing Times Seminar (July 12-15, 2021) –

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “Operations Management in Changing Times” conference has been added to’s offering.

Operations management is an area of business concerned with the production of goods and services and involves the responsibility of ensuring that business operations are efficient in terms of using as little resource as needed and effective in terms of meeting customer requirements.

It is concerned with managing the process that converts inputs (in the forms of materials, labour and energy) into outputs (in the form of goods and services). Managing risks and maintaining continuity during a crisis such as a pandemic have become more critical in fast-changing times.

To perform this function effectively, Operations Managers have a number of responsibilities, for examples:

  • Aligning the operation’s strategy to the company strategy – developing a clear vision of how the operations should support the company’s long-term objectives; it also means translating goals into implications for performance objectives in terms of quality, speed, dependability, flexibility and cost.
  • Deploying the operations strategy – operations management is often characterised by the need to make decisions both frequently and quickly, so it is necessary to have a framework to guide decision making; that is the role of operations strategy.
  • Designing the company’s services and processes – in the service sector, the product is often a process, the design of which, often, falls into the domain of operations management. In manufacturing sectors processes are designed to prepare a product for the market.
  • Planning & controlling the operation – is the activity of deciding what the operation’s resources should be doing, then making sure they do it and as efficiently as possible.
  • Improving the performance of operations – continuous improvement is the responsibility of all operations managers with a focus on improving quality and reducing costs.

The overall aim of this course is to provide delegates with relevant insights, allow delegates to explore key aspects of operations management and help them improve their impact and value in current fast-changing times. The latest hot topics such as Industry 4.0, Pivoting, FMEA, Workflow and Motivation in Dispersed Teams, etc., will be addressed.


Day One

Administration, introduction, course objectives & methodology Operations Management

  • Exercise: what is operations management?
  • Review of Exercise;
  • Establishing the operations vision and mission;
  • Operations management responsibility for process management;
  • The prime activities of operations management;
  • The model of operations management

The Strategic Role of Operations Management

  • The role of the operations function;
  • The operations performance objectives;
  • The impact of Industry 4.0 on operations strategy;
  • Preparing to ‘pivot’ when the environment prevents normal business operation e.g., a pandemic

Operations Improvement

  • Exercise: simulating a business process;
  • Review of Exercise;
  • The 7 classic wastes + 6 more

Day Two

The Toyota Production System

  • The foundations of the system: line balancing, standard work, total productive maintenance and the value stream, which leads to operational stability;
  • The three pillars of the Toyota Production System:
  • Just in Time (JIT)
  • Exercise: Calculating Takt time;
  • Demonstration: Pull versus Push systems;
  • Demonstration: How to achieve one-piece flow
  • Jidoka
  • Automatic and manual line stops;
  • Managing the integration of people and machines;
  • Error proofing systems;
  • Creating a visual control system
  • Culture – the critical role of organisational culture

Action Planning: explore how to transfer learning to the workplace

Lean Operations

  • The Lean philosophy; Five principles of Lean Operations;
  • Specifying value and the value stream;
  • The benefits of process mapping;
  • The process of mapping a business process;
  • Exercises: SIPOC mapping, Process Sequence mapping, Spaghetti mapping and Value stream mapping;
  • Establishing Flow & Pull systems
  • Maintaining workflow in a dispersed, remote team;
  • Single minute exchange of die;
  • A System for Workplace Organisations – The 5S system

Day Three

Quality Planning and Control

  • How is quality defined?
  • Special cause and common cause variation;
  • Exercise: how to calculate standard deviation;
  • Review of Exercise;
  • Introduction to the Case Study company;
  • Deploying control charts to monitor business processes in the Case Study company;
  • Data collection and sampling tools;
  • Exercise: constructing a control chart using data from the Case Study company;
  • Review of Exercise;
  • Calculating process capability and sigma scores Process Improvement
  • Feedback systems to inform improvement activities;
  • Establishing improvement priorities;
  • Exercise: deploying tools and techniques to deliver business improvement;
  • Review of Exercise

Action Planning: explore how to transfer learning to the workplace

Managing Risk

  • Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA);
  • Exercise: how to complete an FMEA matrix;
  • Maintaining business continuity in a digitalized world

Day Four

Capacity Planning and Control

  • What is capacity?
  • Planning and controlling capacity
  • Measuring demand and capacity
  • Alternative capacity plans
  • Choosing a capacity planning and control approach
  • Capacity planning as a queuing problem

The Human Side of Operations Management

  • Understanding the drivers of performance;
  • The purpose of Performance Appraisal;
  • The contributions of Industrial Psychology to management thinking;
  • The key to motivating people at work;
  • Exploring alternative approaches to people management;
  • Maintaining motivation in remote teams;
  • How to manage culture, commitment, competence and productivity of the operations team

Job Design and Work Organisation

  • What is job design?
  • Key factors to consider when designing operations jobs;
  • How to identify the primary job characteristics of operations roles;
  • Developing guidelines for job redesign;
  • How ergonomics and environmental conditions inform job design

Action Planning: transfer learning to the workplace

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