Living in the City of Chicago, I am sure that almost all of us have been on or at least seen some sort of CTA transportation in our daily lives. I know as a fact that I use both the Train and the Bus lines as a way to travel around the city that is a much more inexpensive option that taking a taxi cab or driving myself then parking and having to pay a premium for that parking spot. The CTA is the second largest public transit authority in the United States, and on an average day there systems of trains and buses provide transportation to over 1.6  million people on a daily basis.

Obviously with such as large amount of people that can be affected there is plenty of room for improvement within the system. I know that on more than one occasion I have been on a train that has broken down or been stopped because they train in front of them has broken down. This quickly will lead to delays in a City where people hate to be late and don’t have all that much spare time on their hands. So recently the CTA has selected the Trapeze Group to give there Operational Systems an overhaul. This groups main focus is going to look into improving the upkeep of the hardware used on a daily basis. This ultimately may lead to more improvement on the tracks as well as speedy service. How many times have you seen someone cram themselves onto an already crowded train just because they know the next train won’t be to the station in time to get them to work.


So my question is there anything other than maintenance that could be improved by the CTA that would make your commute more efficient? Remember 1.6 Million opinions could make some big changes.



Lockheed Martin Shuffles Operations

Lockheed Martin is one of today’s leaders in the aerospace industry. In the article I found to relate back to our class on operational management it seems as though they are reshaping the landscape of there company by consolidating their military and civil space businesses and creating a new division for their commercial operations, with these changes beginning next month. The company hopes that through this realignment that they will be able to increase there competitive advantage in the industry while making other aspects of business more streamline and more efficient. They do not have any current plans on employment such as layoff or increasing the workforce at this time.

In class we have discussed that operational managements basic functions are planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling. These functions are lead to ten critical decisions. I feel that this decisions falls into process and capacity design, layout strategy, and human resources and job design. These I believe will be the areas most affected by the decision to change the businesses internal structure. Also by changing the layout I believe that as a company they will be able to reduce their costs, improve there supply chain, offer better products to their customers due to specialization, understand the markets better and finally they will be improve operations as a whole.

My question to the readers is that other than shifting how the company is divided and communicates, is there any other concepts that we have learned about that could help make Lockheed a better company as far as Operational Management goes?