A couple of weeks ago I organized the Kanban Pizza Game as seen in
I had an uneasy feeling at the end of the exercise as I did not feel like I
got the exercise to teach the participants the wonders I was expecting. If
anyone has experience with the exercise, can you please help me understand
what I could improve?
Here is some info about what happened:
In the last round one of the groups had reduced drastically the amount of
waste being produced. Yet they were still not beating the other group which
was using a more push approach and delivering many more offers.
I am concerned that, due to my lack of experience, I wasn't able to place
the right orders at the right time. Yet that shouldn't be an issue, since a
pull system should work better independent of the amount of orders.
It seemed to me that:
- WIP limits are not that important when your productive capacity is below
the customer demand
- It was really hard to define a priori what amount of pizzas in the oven
should be Hawaiian and how many Special
I did add one rule because I thought it would make the pull benefits more
- The client doesn't like cold pizza: Pizzas are thrown away 30 seconds
after being cooked.
Thanks in advance
Adrián Perreau de Pinninck Bas, Ph.D