The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #58012   Message #917970
Posted By: GUEST,Jon
25-Mar-03 - 11:54 AM
Thread Name: BS: Help! My Job is a Dilbert Cartoon!
Subject: RE: BS: Help! My Job is a Dilbert Cartoon!
Apples and oranges with software... I once picked up a rumour that a company I worked for used a system because thier parent company had wrote it and didn't wan't them using anything else. The problem was that this system was based on the parent companies other activities, things like defence systems, slow builds, long lead times, etc. and was not suited to our assembly line production of white goods.

I believe an agreement was made that we could modify the software. All I know for sure is that when I first got involved, the official documentation was quite different to what our site was given.

The programers and analysts worked in the head office and modeled it on the site there which was an old site. They never thought to look at our site which was the newest in the group.

The problem there was unlike the other sites which had rules that one product could only built in one area, we had 4 assembly lines at the time and could have the same product running on 2 lines at once, put one product down one line one time, down another next, etc. to best suit production plans...

I think the system worked quite well when we got it in but once in a while one had the joy of talking to one of the (very good) analysts and explaining to them that an idea for the system would not work or would cause us negative stocks all over the place because our sites added flexibility/complexity had again been overlooked.