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From Clausewitz to Ford

Translating Military to Manufacturing Strategy

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Strategos–An ancient Greek word translates literally as "the General's art".

From the ancient Greek, through military to modern business usage, the word retains much of its original meaning--

Carl von Clauswitz

Carl von Clausewitz

Thus, then, in Strategy everything is very simple, but not on that account very easy.

Principles of War

Two basic principles...underlie all strategic planning. . . .

The first task, then, in planning for a war is to identify the enemy's center of gravity, and if possible trace it back to a single one. The second task is to ensure that the forces to be used against that point are concentrated for a main offensive. --Carl von Clausewitz

Clauswitz's "center-of-gravity" principle corresponds to Terry Hill's "Order-Winning Criteria" . These are the one or two things manufacturing must do to win orders in the marketplace.

Wickham Skinner's "Key Manufaturing Task", Focused Factories and workcells are manifestations of Clauzwitz's principle of concentration, i.e., do not try to do everything, do the one or two things that make a real difference.

"Clausewitz's military center of gravity (CoG) and the CoG of mechanical sciences share many of the same properties: neither is a strength or a source of strength, per se, but rather a focal point where physical (and psychological) forces come together."

--Lt. Col. Antulio J. Echevarria

U.S. Army

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The Strategos Guide To Value Stream and Process Mapping goes  beyond symbols and arrows. In over 163 pages it tells the reader how to do it and what to do with it.

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