Teamskill

an exploration of manufacturing

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TEAMSKILL was sponsored by Honeywell and Morgan Grampian publishers. It provides in depth involvement in production management - machine purchase, buying, production and inventory control, scheduling etc..

Participants take over a factory. Initially, they decide about replacing machines, layouts and suppliers. Next, they schedule factory operation on a month by month basis. During this time they have to manage fluctuating sales demand, varying production rates, quality, machine breakdowns, staff attitudes and absenteeism, etc. - all the things that make manufacturing management so interesting!

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SUMMARY

KEY LEARNING: The simulation covers these issues:

DURATION: Approximately one and a half days.  

TARGET AUDIENCE: The simulation is designed to be used by supervisors, graduate trainees and junior management.

METHOD: After a short briefing the training group is divided into several teams of four or five participants. These teams consider the problem facing them and then make a series of decisions that are fed, by the tutor, into a microcomputer that simulates their effect. The results are returned for the team to analyse before making their next decisions. This decision-making cycle is repeated for at least six periods. At the end of the simulation phase the teams reunite to discuss and compare results.

NUMBER OF TEAMS: The simulation may be used with any number of teams.

AVAILABILITY: This simulation is available off-the-shelf and a comprehensive Trainer's Pack is provided allowing trainers with little or no experience with simulations to run the simulation.


KEY LEARNING

MANUFACTURING OBJECTIVES

Teamskill involves participants in balancing market demand, with production limits at lowest possible cost, highest efficiency and lowest inventory levels. So, participants experience and gain understanding of these conflicting objectives.

INVESTMENT APPRAISAL

Initially, participants must decide whether to replace a machine based on an analysis of costs and expected savings. An analysis that introduces basic methods of investment appraisal.

WORK STUDY & LAYOUT PLANNING

Initially, participants must select, based on work-study considerations, the layout for one machine. For a second unit, participants must decide whether to operate with two or three production lines. A decision that takes into account manning, staffing, investment, product structures and production requirements.

SALES FORECASTING

Initially, participants must produce a forecast for the year for each of several products. As the simulation progresses, they must update these forecasts (taking into account actual demand) and project sales for the next two to three months. This introduces basic sales forecasting approaches and techniques.

MASTER SCHEDULING & MRP

The pattern and mix of sales demand is such that participants must take a long-term view of factory operation. When doing this they must take into account production capabilities and capacities, product structures, varying month lengths and sales seasonality.

INVENTORY PLANNING

With a three-stage production process and six production units, participants must plan raw, in-progress and finished inventory. A plan that ensures inventory is available when needed, takes into account production rates and variation and ensures inventory levels and carrying costs are minimised.

DETAIL SCHEDULING

Each month participants must decide how many of each finished product to produce and ensure, through timely set-ups and raw material deliveries, that materials and assemblies become available just in time for use. As part of this detail scheduling, participants must decide whether to work overtime or shut the factory.

MAINTENANCE & QUALITY

Participants must decide how frequently they must maintain machines so as to minimise quality losses, breakdowns and production disruptions. To make this decision, participants must analyse trends in production and scrap and balance scrap costs against lost production and the risk of equipment breakdown.

PRODUCTION & INVENTORY CONTROL

As in the real world participants must handle erratic and changing production rates, missed and wrong material deliveries, staff shortages and disruptions. In other words, all the issues that make production management so challenging!

INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

Besides standard reports, participants must decide which other reports they need to purchase the information required for decision making. So, participants need to assess the value of information and balance this with the cost of obtaining it.

for new customers and grow sales to existing customers through directing selling effort towards specific customer groups and individual products.

TEAM WORKING

With participants working in small teams, they have the opportunity to share experience and knowledge, present and promote different viewpoints and develop their "people" skills. Also, optionally, at the end of the simulation, participants can be asked to produce a formal sales presentation covering their strategies, the current and future situation, how they allocated effort and learning


DOCUMENTATION

Documentation is provided separately for the UK and US Versions MS Word format and as PDF files and comprises:

A Participants' Manual that provides, for the participants. a description of the simulation, a description of their task and how to use the software.

The Background Notes describe the simulation for the trainer and may be used as a handout to the participants at the end of the simulation. (Please contact us for a copy of this.)

The Decision Forms are optional and are provided to allow teams to record decisions as the simulation progresses or to allow the tutor to enter decisions for teams where there is only one computer with printer.

The History (September to December) are optional handouts to teams for them to analyse before making their first decision,

Briefing is a MS Power Point briefing explaining the simulation to the participants. (You may find it useful if you review this before reading the Participant's Manual and Background Notes.)

Using the Simulator provides, for the trainer (and computer support staff), information about installing the simulation and the use of the software.

Running the Simulation provides, for the trainer, information about running the simulation.

  UK Version US Version
Participants' Manual Document Size 207k bytes Document Size 207k bytes
Scheduling - Decision Form Download size 34k bytes Download size 34k bytes
Planning - Decision Form Download size 34k bytes Download size 34k bytes
History - September
History - October
History - November
History - December
Briefing Slides
Using the Simulator Document Size 46k bytes Document Size 46k bytes
Running the Simulation 64k Bytes 64k Bytes

DOWNLOAD

This is provided to allow you to download an evaluation version of the simulation. 

The table below shows the files to download, their description and size. You should copy them to a folder, a USB Flash Drive or even to floppy discs! Run setup.exe. The program will then install.

If, instead of installing from the Web, you are installing from the CD-ROM version of this resource you can install directly by clicking setup.exe and opening the file.

Note: When downloading the setup.lst file you must right click and then select Save As. (If you left click the file will open - this is a feature of Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.)

File Description Size
setup.exe Installation Program 137 Kbytes
Setup.lst Installation Data 5 Kbytes
Teamsk1.cab Simulator Files (1) 1,282 Kbytes
Teamsk2.cab Simulator Files (2) 852 Kbytes

WAYS OF USE

This business simulation can be used:


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Most recent update: 08/10/10
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