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3. Process Flow Measures Five Elements of the Process View 1 Information structure Process Management Network of Activities and Buffers Inputs Flow units (customers, data, material, cash, etc.) Outputs Goods Services Labor & Capital Resources Ardavan Asef-Vaziri June/2011 Process Flow Analysis-Basics 1

3. Process Flow Measures How target improvement? Identify and Monitor Operational Performance Measures 2 y y lit ua June/2011 ib ili ty Q Ardavan Asef-Vaziri Ti m e Fl ex

C t os Flow R at e to r n e v n I Process Flow Analysis-Basics 2 3. Process Flow Measures Flow Time, Flow Rate, and Inventory 3 Flow Time: The time required by a flow unit to move through all the processes from entry to exit. It is not the same for all flow units different types of flow units

variability in the flow time of a flow unit Average flow time of a process is the average flow time of all flow units. Flow Rate: The number of flow units passing a specific point (entry, exit or any intermediate point) in the process per unit of time. It changes over time variability in the flow rate seasonality (e.g. tax season for a CPA) Average flow rate in a stable process Throughput Inventory: The number of flow units within the boundaries of the process at any time. Ardavan Asef-Vaziri June/2011 Process Flow Analysis-Basics 3 3. Process Flow Measures The Essence of Process Flow 4 Customer Value Proposition

Customer expectations Customer satisfaction Process competencies Financial performance Ti m e ti m e Fl e te y

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3. Process Flow Measures A Stable Process 5 In a Stable Process - Average inflow rate is the same as average outflow rate. - Throughput (R) is the average flow rate - Ideally, R should be equal to the customer demand. Is the Security Checkpoint a stable Process? Average inflow rate is 600 passengers/hr, or 10 passengers/min Scanner can handle 12 passengers per minute It can handle inflow Can we have 9 instead of 12? If we have 20 instead of 12, could we still have people waiting in the line? Average outflow capacity (process capacity) must be greater than average inflow rate, while average inventory is not zero. Ardavan Asef-Vaziri

June/2011 Process Flow Analysis-Basics 5 3. Process Flow Measures The Littles Law 6 ... ... Inventory I ... [units] Flow rate/Throughput R [units/hr] ... ... Flow Time T [hrs]

There is a relationship between R, T, and I. Throughput x Flow Time = Inventory RT=I Ardavan Asef-Vaziri June/2011 Process Flow Analysis-Basics 6 3. Process Flow Measures Littles Law: Examples 7 In Vancouver Airport: Average waiting line length = I = 17.5 passengers Throughput or R = 600/60 = 10 passengers/minute Compute the flow time at Flow time T RT=I T= I/R T= 17.5 /10 = 1.75 minutes / passenger (on average). Ardavan Asef-Vaziri June/2011 Process Flow Analysis-Basics 7 3. Process Flow Measures Littles Law: Examples

8 I=2000 garage doors, with no inventory buildup (i.e. stable process; always on average we have 2000) R=1000 garage doors/week. Each garage door costs $3,300 to produce. What is the Average Flow Time for $1? We can translate volumes into $ I = 2,000(3,300) = $6,600,000 tied up in inventory (average). R = 1,000(3,300) = $3,300,000/week. I=RT T=I/R T = 6,600,000/3,300,000 = 2 weeks. Ardavan Asef-Vaziri June/2011 Process Flow Analysis-Basics 8 3. Process Flow Measures Littles Law applied to different process flow examples 9 Monetary Flow. For the new euro introduction in 2002, Wim Duisenberg had to decide how many new Euro coins to stamp by

2002. Eurolands central banks cash-in-coins handling was estimated at 300 billion per year. The average cash-in-coins holding time by consumers and businesses was estimated at 2 months. How many Euro coins were to be made? Customer Flow. Taco Bell processes on average 1,500 customers per day (15 hours). On average there are 75 customers in the restaurant (waiting to place the order, waiting for the order to arrive, eating etc.). How long does an average customer spend at Taco Bell and what is the average customer turnover? Ardavan Asef-Vaziri June/2011 Process Flow Analysis-Basics 9 3. Process Flow Measures Littles Law applied to different process flow examples 10 Job Flow. The Travelers Insurance Company processes 10,000 claims per year. The average processing time is 3 weeks. Assuming 50 weeks in a year, what is the average number of claims in process.

Material Flow. Wendys processes an average of 5,000 lb. of hamburgers per week. The typical inventory of raw meat is 2,500 lb. What is the average hamburgers cycle time and Wendys turnover? Cash Flow. Motorola sells $300 million worth of cellular equipment per year. The average accounts receivable in the cellular group is $45 million. What is the average billing to collection process cycle time? Ardavan Asef-Vaziri June/2011 Process Flow Analysis-Basics 10 3. Process Flow Measures Littles Law: Cash Flow 11 Steel Company: Processes $400M of iron ore per year. The cost of processing the ore is $200M per year. The average inventory is $100M.

How long does a dollar spend in the process? - The flow unit is a cost dollar. - The process is the steel manufacturing operations - The value of the inventory includes both ore and processing cost. I = $100M/year - A Total of $400M + $200M = $600M flows through the process each year. Throughput R = $600M/year Average flow time T = I/R = 100/600 = 1/6 year = 2 months Ardavan Asef-Vaziri June/2011 Process Flow Analysis-Basics 11 3. Process Flow Measures Littles Law: inventory Turns 12 Question: A general manager at Baxter states that her inventory turns three times a year (Cost of Goods Sold is three times of average inventory). She also states that everything that Baxter buys gets processed and leaves the docks within six weeks. Are these statements consistent? Of the 3 operational measures of performance, inventory, throughput and average flow time a process manager only needs to focus on 2 measures, as they directly determine the third measure via Littles Law. Measuring which one is

cheaper? For a given level of throughput in any process, the only way to reduce flow time is to reduce inventory and vice versa. Ardavan Asef-Vaziri June/2011 Process Flow Analysis-Basics 12 3. Process Flow Measures Littles Law: Auto-Moto Financial Services 13 Auto-Moto receives 1,000 applications per month (30 working days). In the old process, each application is handled individually, with 20% of applications being approved. 500 were in the process at any time. Average flow time T = ? 1000/month Process Ip=500 200/month 800/month Average flow time T = I/R = 500/1,000 months = 0.5 month or 15 days.

The firm recently implemented a new loan application process. In the new process, applicants go through an initial review and are divided into three categories Ardavan Asef-Vaziri June/2011 Process Flow Analysis-Basics 13 3. Process Flow Measures Admission Flow 14 Marshall provides higher education to executives and receives about 1000 applications per month. The evaluation starts with a preliminary classification with basic information: Group A: Applicants with desired recommendations, working experience, etc. (50% of the applicants) Group B: Other applicants. (50% of the applicants) Applicants in group A will be further considered through an advanced review.

Applicants in group B will be rejected. Ardavan Asef-Vaziri June/2011 Process Flow Analysis-Basics 14 3. Process Flow Measures Work In Process (WIP) 15 On average there were: - 200 applications in the preliminary review stage - 100 applications in the advanced review stage How long does group A spend in the application process? How long does group B spend in the application process? How long is the average process time? Ardavan Asef-Vaziri

June/2011 Process Flow Analysis-Basics 15 3. Process Flow Measures Admission Flow Chart 16 100 50% 1000 Accept 200 50% Reject How long do the applicants spend in the preliminary stage? RT=I T = I/R=200/1000 = 0.2 month Applicants spend 0.2(30) = 6 days in the first stage Applicants from group B receive an answer in 6 days on average Ardavan Asef-Vaziri June/2011

Process Flow Analysis-Basics 16 3. Process Flow Measures Admission Flow 17 How long do the applicants from group A spend in the advanced review stage? I =100 , R = 1000(0.5) = 500 TR= I T=I/R T= 100/500 = 0.2 Applicants from group A spend 0.2(30) = 6 days on average in the advanced review stage. Applicants from group A receive answer in 12 days (6 + 6) on average. Ardavan Asef-Vaziri June/2011 Process Flow Analysis-Basics 17 3. Process Flow Measures Admission Flow

18 What is the average processing time? - 0.5(6)+0.5(12) = 9 days Is there an alternative way to calculate the average waiting time? Do it------ Littles Law holds for complicated systems. Ardavan Asef-Vaziri June/2011 Process Flow Analysis-Basics 18 3. Process Flow Measures Assignment (Due next week) 19 1. Bank XYZ receives 20 loan requests per hour on average. Each loan request goes through an initial processing stage, after which an accept or reject decision is made. Approximately 80% of the loans are accepted, and these require additional processing. Rejected loans require no additional processing. Suppose that on average 5 loans are

in the initial processing stage, and 25 (accepted) loans are in the additional processing stage. a) What is the average processing time required for a loan request? b) What is the average processing time required for a rejected loan? c) What is the average processing time required for an accepted loan (including the initial processing stage)? Ardavan Asef-Vaziri June/2011 Process Flow Analysis-Basics 19 3. Process Flow Measures Assignment (Due next week) 20 2. A call center employs 1000 agents. Every month 50 employees leave the company and 50 new employees are hired. a) How long on average does an agent work for this call center? Suppose the cost of hiring and training a new agent is $1000. The manager of this call center believes that increasing agents salary would keep them working longer term in the company. The manager wants to increase the average time that an agent works for the call center to 24 months, or 2 years. b) If an agent works for the call center for 24 months on average, how much can the company save on hiring and training costs over a year? Hint: first determine the current annual cost for hiring and training,

then determine the new annual cost for hiring and training. c) How much the monthly salary of each agent can be increased? Ardavan Asef-Vaziri June/2011 Process Flow Analysis-Basics 20 3. Process Flow Measures Practice 1: Auto-Moto Old Process 21 Auto-Moto receives 1,000 applications per month (30 working days). In the old process, each application is handled individually, with 20% of applications being approved. 500 were in the process at any time. Average flow time T = ? 1000/month Process Ip=500 200/month 800/month Average flow time T = I/R = 500/1,000 months = 0.5 month or 15 days. The firm recently implemented a new loan application process. In

the new process, applicants go through an initial review and are divided into three categories Ardavan Asef-Vaziri June/2011 Process Flow Analysis-Basics 21 3. Process Flow Measures Practice 1: Auto-Moto New Process 22 Subprocess A Review IA = 25 25% 1000/month Initial Review IIR=200 25% 50% 70% Accepted

200/month 30% 10% Subprocess B Review IB = 150 90% Rejected 800/month Compute average Flow time of an application. Compute Average Flow Time for Activities IR, A, and B. Compute average Flow time of a rejected application, an accepted application, and use them to Compute average Flow time of an application. Ardavan Asef-Vaziri June/2011 Process Flow Analysis-Basics 22 3. Process Flow Measures Problem 3.4, MBPF

23 A hospital emergency room (ER) is currently organized so that all patients register through an initial check-in process. At his or her turn, each patient is seen by a doctor and then exits the process, either with a prescription or with admission to the hospital. Currently 55 people per hour arrive at the ER, 10% of who are admitted to the hospital. On average, 7 people are waiting to be registered and 34 are registered and waiting to see a doctor. The registration process takes, on average, 2 minutes per patient. Among patients who receive prescriptions, average time spent with a doctor is 5 minutes. Among those admitted to the hospital, average time is 30 minutes. On average, how long does a patient spend in the ER? Assume the process to be stable; that is, average inflow rate equals average outflow rate. Ardavan Asef-Vaziri June/2011 Process Flow Analysis-Basics 23 3. Process Flow Measures Directions 24 o) Draw the flow process chart b) On average how long a patient spend in ER? c) On average how many patients are in ER?

Hints: Compute flow time in buffer 1 Compute average activity time of Doctor Compute the average flow time in this process Compute average flow time for a simple prescription patient Compute average flow time for a potential admission patient Compute number of patients in Doctor activity Compute the average number of patients in the process. Ardavan Asef-Vaziri June/2011 Process Flow Analysis-Basics 24 3. Process Flow Measures Problem 3.5, MBPF 25 A triage system has been proposed for the ER described in Exercise 3.4. As mentioned earlier, 55 patients per hour arrive at the ER. Under the proposed triage plan, entering patients will classify them as Simple Prescriptions or Potential Admits. While Simple Prescriptions will move on to an area staffed for regular care, Potential Admits will be taken to the emergency area. Planners anticipate that the initial examination will take 3 minutes. They expect that, on average, 20 patients will be waiting to register and 5 will be waiting to be seen by the triage nurse. Recall that registration takes an average of 2 minutes per patient. Planners expect eh Simple Prescriptions area to have, on average, 15 patients waiting to be seen. As before, once a patients turn come, each will take 5

minutes of a doctors time. The hospital anticipates that, on average, the emergency area will have only 1 patient waiting to be seen . As before, once that patients turn comes, he or she will take 30 minutes of a doctors time. Assume that, as before, 90% of all patients are Simple Prescriptions, assume, too, that the triage nurse is 100% accurate in making classifications. Under the proposed plan, how long on average, will a patient spend in the ER? On average, how long will a Potential Admit spend in the ER? On average, how many patients will be in the ER? Assume the process to be stable; that is, average inflow rate equals average outflow rate. Ardavan Asef-Vaziri June/2011 Process Flow Analysis-Basics 25 3. Process Flow Measures Directions 26 o) Draw the flow process chart a) On average how many patients are in ER? b) On average, how long a patient spend in ER? Hints: Average flow rate is still 55 per hour (50 is typo) Planners estimate that initial examination takes 3 minutes. It is the flow time in triage activity. It is 3 it is not 1. One, as we will see in the future chapters is an estimate for the theoretical flow time. Compute average flow rate in buffer 3 and buffer 4. Compute average flow time in all buffers.

Compute average number of patients in all activities. Ardavan Asef-Vaziri June/2011 Process Flow Analysis-Basics 26 3. Process Flow Measures Problem 3.6, MBPF 27 Refer again to Exercise 3.5. Once the triage system is put in place, it performs quite close to expectations. All data conform to planners expectations except for one set-the classifications made by the nurse practitioner. Assume that the triage nurse has been sending 91% of all patients to the Simple Prescription area when in fact only 90% should have been so classified. The remaining 1% is discovered when transferred to the emergency area by a doctor. Assume all other information from Exercise 3.5 to be valid. On average, how long does a patient spend in the ER? On average, how long does a Potential Admit spend in the ER? On average, how many patients are in the ER? Assume the process to be stable; that is, average inflow rate equals average outflow rate. Ardavan Asef-Vaziri June/2011

Process Flow Analysis-Basics 27 3. Process Flow Measures Directions 28 o) Draw the flow process chart b) On average how many patients are in this process? c) On average, how long a patient spend in this process? Hints: Compute flow rates at Buffer 3 Compute flow rates at Buffer 4 Ardavan Asef-Vaziri June/2011 Process Flow Analysis-Basics 28

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