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Blake Sedore's New Article on Drag Cost: Applying Critical Path Drag in Manufacturing

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Stephen Devaux
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The first-ever Guest Blog is now up at the Total Project Control website, available for reading and discussion. It is by Blake Sedore, the manufacturing engineer whose recently published MIT thesis on using critical path drag analysis to accelerate semiconductor production and increase throughput has received a ton of attention. You can click on the Guest Blog here, and then make comments or ask questions of Blake in the discussion FORUM on this site.

In this Guest Blog, Blake explores the experience both for himself and his customer of recognizing the opportunities for improvement pointed about by the drag analysis:

“I have come to realize that the analysis has the potential to go much further. MUCH FURTHER. The analysis does not end with calculating the critical path drag – this is actually just the beginning. The drag is merely a stepping stone to get to drag cost, which is the metric that truly matters, as it allows you to determine the impact that the drag of a critical path item has on the bottom line.”

Blake’s thesis article “Assembly lead time reduction in a semiconductor capital equipment plant through constraint based scheduling” can be downloaded from the MIT website here.

Read his entire Guest Blog and post questions for him in the FORUM thread.

Fraternally in project management,

Steve the Bajan

www.TotalProjectControl.com