September 2017 Print

From the President

I hope everyone had a great summer. I know I have.  As September begins and the start of another school year is just around the corner we, as parents, shift our focus into the typical routine that comes with the start of another educational year. I feel like I’m a school kid again…looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones. The excitement and anticipation, wondering what the new year will bring. I am definitely looking forward to the coming future as your newly elected FV Chapter President.

I’d like to thank all the outgoing Board members for their hard work and effort. Doina and company did a tremendous job and have passed the baton to a new group. On behalf of the new and returning Board members, I look forward to stepping in and serving to the best of my ability.

The Board is working hard to put together another year of interesting and relevant PDM topics. Later this month Sept 20, 2017 at Newlands golf course we have an excellent speaker Hugh R Alley P Eng. Hugh has many year of industry experience and will be presenting his observations and experience with his presentation titled TEN WAYS TO MESS UP LEAN IMPLEMENTATION.

He has also graciously committed to present a full day workshop Oct 6 for a more in-depth discussion and why LEAN has become the wrong kind of four letter word in many companies and how we might avoid becoming one of “those” companies.

I think it will be an informative couple of days. I also would like to highlight the upcoming international APICS conference coming up October 15-17 in San Antonio, Texas. This will be my first experience going to the international conference. There is still time to register. Check out the website for details.

I look forward to seeing everyone Sept 20 at Newlands.

Arnold Peters CPIM, CSCP

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Next PDM

Who doesn’t have a story to tell about a lean implementation that went sideways? No outcomes. Business as it was after six months. 5S Audit sheets that haven’t been updated for three months. Worst of all, no improvement in customer service, throughput or profits.

If you’ve lived through this, you know how hard it can be to get any enthusiasm for another try. In this entertaining presentation you’ll hear about ten common ways that people inadvertently condemn lean efforts to failure. 

More information about our next PDM and registration can be found on our web site.

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Next Workshop

If you have ever lived through a LEAN initiative that didn’t live up to its promise, this 1-day workshop is for you. Too many lean initiatives fail. And once an organization has felt the sting of failure, very few are willing to try again. But there is a way, and in this one-day workshop you will learn about four practices that underly the best lean implementations.

More information about our next workshop and registration can be found on our web site.

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Education

Well, after a year of anticipation APICS has released the newly formatted CPIM program. The new program offers a much shorter path to completing your CPIM Certification. Taking the materials from 5 courses and reconfiguring them into 2 fully-inclusive courses. The new format for the CPIM program has been simply named CPIM Part 1 and CPIM Part 2. With the new program APICS has moved to a learning system format with enhanced online tools. The online tools include: vocabulary tools, pre-tests, and chapter quizzes. All of these tools being online for self-study as well as more interactive tools for the instructor led program.

The APICS Fraser Valley Chapter is now providing a few different options for courses. This Fall, CPIM Part 1 is available through a 3-Saturday program providing the students ample time between Saturdays to complete the pre-reading and testing to be prepared for the 7-hour Saturday session. This course will be offered in Abbotsford in a hotel boardroom and will include catered lunches in the cost of the program. 

CPIM Part 2 will be held on weeknights at Northwest Rubber, a local manufacturer. This will be held Monday evenings starting in late September.

We are looking forward to another year and passing on the APICS Body of Knowledge. Please share with your co-workers and peers. There is cashflow waiting to be found in all of our organizations. We just need to empower ourselves and our staff to reach outside that comfort zone and find the hidden savings within our four walls.

The new CPIM details and pricing can be found on our web site. I look forward to seeing you all at Newlands in a couple of weeks.

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