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6. Similarly, TRAWINGs need to consider those links that they have to
other portions of the production process. For example, TRAWINGs FOUR
and FIVE are responsible for the vast majority of Primary phase pilot
production. These two TRAWINGs feed the pipelines of essentially four
other production operations. It is imperative that they monitor the
linkages and that both parties maintain focus on the required size of
the groups awaiting training and potential graduation or delivery
dates from the various phases.
7. In order to maintain this focus, cockpit charts may be used to
help predict delivery dates and to improve the process that delivers
the completers of a particular phase to another. A high number of
students awaiting training at a particular point might be considered
an indicator of excess output from that phase's supplier. High
inventory awaiting training is then a leading indicator of increasing
cycle time since that student will have to wait in the queue until
they may be entered into training.
8. This linkage and focus is not a limit on a particular level of
management in establishing cockpit charts. Other than providing the
"drill down" data that the next higher level requires, TRAWINGs may
select measures that they deem appropriate to manage their functions.
These measures should then be "drilled down" to the units subordinate
9. One example of a linkage analysis follows. Using this type of
mapping approach, managers can insure that the proper linkages exist
and gain the most value from the use of cockpit charts.