This Week in Agility Research: Oct. 31, 2015

Here are a few items of new agility-related research that popped up on our radar this week. 

A Fuzzy TOPSIS Model to Rank Automotive Suppliers
By: Amir Azizi, Daniel Aikhuele, and Fathi Souleman

If you are not in the automotive industry, you might be wondering why an article oriented towards this field would be of significance or application for yourself, your business, or organization. The answer lies within the application of agile concepts and a model that engages suppliers for a more successful business plan. For almost any business, the products, services, or exchange of goods to customers entails a supply chain that is a critical component of processes within the organization. This article provides an agile management of suppliers for positive outcomes and customer satisfaction.  

Lean and Agile Performance Framework for Manufacturing Enterprises
By: Hassan Soltan and Sherif Mostafa

For all those that practice and implement lean, six sigma, or process improvement efforts within their organizations, specifically those deemed as manufacturing, this article illustrates an approach to competitive stances in a global market. The orientation of this article is leagility, yes, that is a real term. This concept is a combination of lean principles and agility models, applied to the predictability of performance outcomes of products, as well as an exploitative approach towards succeeding in changing environments. 

Modern Manufacturing Practices and Agile Enterprise. Anticipated Scope of Implementation and Empirical Results from Polish Enterprises
By: Krystian Pawlowski and Edmund Pawlowski

Manufacturing articles using agile models or concepts are becoming prominent, with this one expanding globalized literature by focusing on Polish enterprises. Agile enterprise dimensions include functionality, flexibility, and intelligence, with both internal and external factors being considered for situational awareness. The empirical research surrounding Trzielinski’s agile model, along with its characteristics and outcomes for formal empirical studies are discussed. 

Barriers in running construction SME – case study on introduction of agile methodology to electrical subcontractor
By: Piotr Nowotarski and Jerzy Paslawski

Agility or agile models are abundant in the field of IT for management, development, and strategy planning. Utilizing an IT approach, construction industries are implementing such approaches to rectify issues with contracting and barriers within the field. 

Human factors challenges in unmanned ship operations – insights from other domains
By: Mikael Wahlströma, Jaakko Hakulinenb, Hannu Karvonena, and Iiro Lindborg

Issues in business encompass more than plans and processes, but also include human factors. The commercial unmanned shipping domain is no stranger to aspects within the field that can be enhanced for better efficiency. This article examines a possible systemic approach to unmanned vessels using an agile command and control approach from the military sector. Rather than operating independently, actions can be divided into operative control vectors that are centrally commanded for success operations. 

About Elizabeth Patterson
Elizabeth Patterson likes to swim, bike and run really long distances as fast as possible. An Ironman triathlete and strategic planning officer in the U.S. Army National Guard, she continually tests her own agility while managing projects, improving processes and implementing Lean Six Sigma. A certified Project Management Professional, she holds a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in the field.  Learn more about Elizabeth.