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November 10, 2020
5:45 PM to 7:20 PM
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Virtual PDM


APICS Massachusetts Minuteman Chapter logo

(especially THIS year!)
Presented by Daniel A. Marino

Free Virtual Joint PDM with APICS Massachusetts Minuteman Chapter,
APICS Shoreline Chapter Wisconsin, APICS New Haven and APICS South Shore Chapters

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 5:45 PM

Over the last 25 years, Daniel A. Marino has had the opportunity to work with many different companies all over the world.

These companies have been in various stages of their Life Cycle – some of the companies were in a tremendous growth cycle, some very mature with steady growth intrinsically and through mergers and acquisitions, and others on the end of their life cycle, trying to figure out the next chapter for their companies.

Regardless of what life cycle companies are in, Dan typically got asked by Senior Management very similar questions:

  • What will it take to improve the alignment of strategy and execution?
  • What will it take to improve processes and systems in all areas?
  • What will it take to improve the ability of employees to embrace change?
  • How can we improve the process of coping with change in all departments?
  • How can we eliminate the amount of change and the speed of change?
  • What systems can I purchase to improve my capability to manage change?
  • Do we need more complicated and detailed processes and systems to manage change?

The challenge for manufacturing companies in the 21st Century is to embrace and manage change in all its forms:

  • Volatility - this change is unexpected or unstable and may be of unknown duration, but it is not necessarily hard to understand.
  • Uncertainty - despite a lack of information, the event's basic cause and effect are known. Change is possible but not a given.
  • Complexity - The change has many interconnected parts and variables. Some information is available and is predictable, but the volume or nature of it can be overwhelming to process.
  • Ambiguity - This is change where no precedent exists: you face "unknown unknowns."

The alternative to pushing back on change and fighting it, is to embrace it as a fact in business today, and by all trends will persist and prevail.

Some of this 2020 year special challenges and changes we need to cope with, and embrace a new way of operating within, would be:

  • For Work from Home (WFH) folks,
    • Communication / virtual meetings & telecons, etc,
    • Work – life balance / challenges
    • Technology / equipment / ergonomics / etc,
    • Productivity (many say it has improved).
    • Management’s “new” changed viewpoint towards working from home.
    • Employees in general are embracing it – are you? Good points / bad points?
    • Etc
    • How long is this expected? Google/Facebook = into 2021 (and perhaps forever for many of their workers). 
    • Long-term effect on real estate (companies may not need as much real estate – ex: multiple companies are moving out of high-cost rent areas like Boston, etc, to lower cost / smaller footprint locations).
  • For people going in to the workplace:
    • Staying safe challenges / equipment at work challenges / social distancing while in work, etc
    • Some people getting COVID hazard pay adder, some not. Effect on morale.
    • Multiple guidelines/new rules = effect on productivity?

This very upbeat and interactive talk will provide food for thought, when it comes to the speed of change, and how to cope.

Virtual PDM Schedule:

  • 5:45 – 6:00 PM: Virtual networking
  • 6:00 – 6:10 PM: All chapters – quick business notes
  • 6:10 – 7:10 PM: Presentation
  • 7:10 – 7:20 PM: Q & A


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