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Production Control

A system of tools that monitor and provide feedback as to meeting the obligations and commitments of the company to the customer.

Project Reports – Introduction

06/09/2015

There are basically three groups of financial based project reports.  Each set has its own priorities and purposes.  Project reports are a function of production reporting with the exception of the balance sheet set (commonly used for cash flow [...]

Information Technology – Economic Forces at Work

12/09/2014

Have you ever wondered why technology is so expensive?  Why does the technology repairman charge more per hour than what many attorneys charge?  Why does it feel like you get nickeled and dimed to death with technology costs?   There are many [...]

Cost Drivers in Small Business

10/19/2014

The textbook answer defines cost drivers as those factors that determine the overall cost of operations.  As an example, in manufacturing the cost drivers may be processing time or number of steps to produce the product.  In service, the cost [...]

Operating Control Reports in Business

02/16/2013

A part of any information feedback loop is the operating control reports in business.  Depending on the nature and financial impact involved, these reports can be daily (Daily Operating Controls or DOC), weekly (Weekly Operating Controls or WOC) [...]

Find the Bottleneck

01/05/2013

In every business no matter production or service, there exists a bottleneck.  Your job as the owner or manager is to find it and fix the problem.  Once this one is found and resolved; move onto the next one.  There is always a bottleneck to find [...]

A Story About Great Production

12/12/2012

When I started out in accounting I had a job as a controller at a restoration contractor.  They would provide emergency mitigation for water damage jobs, mostly residential damage.  Every now and then we would get a call for a larger commercial [...]

Production – Where the Rubber Meets the Road

12/12/2012

There is no other way to say this other than to outright say it directly:  All the rest of the business issues I write about mean zilch unless you have great production.  This is the one area that you as the business owner need to devote your [...]