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Critical Path Management for Readymade Garment Industry


Time is a critical issue in the readymade garments and apparel trades since orders are based on occasions, seasons, and occasions. And the need to decrease the led tie, which refers to the total time taken to complete and ship an order form the date of receiving the order to shipment of goods to customers.

Critical Path Management (CPM) is an effective way of achieving shorter delivery dates, facilitating the fast-fashion concept in readymade garments. In the apparel industry, the critical path refers to a production plan that contains a list of necessary activities that should be undertaken within a period.

Helps to Identify Your Days of Float

Typical projects in readymade garments production involve different processes carried out by different people; this makes it difficult for project managers to keep track of all the activities involved. Some of the processes included laying, marking, cutting, checking, finishing, pressing, and packaging. Similarly, due to the many steps involved, it becomes possible for some activities to lag, leading to errors that negatively reflect on the timescale success so the project. Late delivery of products to customers due to delays in production processes leads to unhappy customers and loss of business contracts. To avoid poor planning, the incorporation of critical path methods in graphical representations provides visualization of all critical tasks.

Helps with Distribution of Human resources

The critical path method is associated with increased efficiency in the distribution of human resources. Network diagrams of all processes allow project managers to assign the right team and department to corresponding tasks. Allocation of human resources is also enhanced by breaking down the entire garment production process into component elements where project requirements are matched to each team member's skills.

Helps with Identification of Important Tasks

The critical path management in the ready garment manufacturing industry provides for identification of important tasks; this helps with scheduling tasks, not on the critical path, and allocates resources effectively. For instance, project managers can identify important tasks such as merchandising, fabric sourcing, sampling, inspection, production, and quality assurance. Important tasks are identified by listing all the tasks required, assessing the length of time required for completion of each task, assessing task dependencies, milestones, and deliverables and then planning the critical path. When project managers understand their most critical tasks, they can position the experienced cost staff to execute them; this ensures that the tasks are executed quickly and effectively.

Helps to Make Dependencies Visible and Clear

Critical path management assists project managers with sequencing production tasks based on their dependencies. It also facilitates identifying the type of relationship between processes and the type of task dependence. For instance, in the readymade garment production, processes such as material receiving, cutting and sorting, embroidering fusing, sewing, finishing, and packing must be sequential. Sewing cannot be done before cutting and packaging cannot be done when the finishing stage is not complete. Organizations and project managers must be able to manage and plan for dependencies among production processes in the readymade garment industry. Dependencies have a significant impact on scheduling processes where preceding tasks must be completed before the subsequent tasks can begin.

Reduces Timeliness

Critical path management enables organizations to identify important tasks and task duration, where the minimum and maximum time needed to complete a project is computed. Where some of the tasks along the critical path take a longer time to complete than the planned/ estimated time the project could be affected. Nevertheless, where there is a need for the organization to complete the production of readymade garments within a shorter period than that predicted, managers could identify the tasks whose duration of completion can be reduced.

Measuring Planned and Actual progress

Critical path management helps organizations create baselines to compare original timeline projections and the project's actual timeline, which helps organizations determine tasks completed on time and those that experience delays. As a readymade garment production process progresses, managers can update their schedules based on the actual time the tasks take to be completed; such information can inform the making of future estimates I production time and when giving deadlines to clients.

Helps with Budget and Cost control

Critical path management allows managers to draw a relationship between budgeted and projected expenditures of the project to specific tasks instead of the project. This allows the managers to identify critical processes where more resources are required, and those with limited resources would not negatively affect the project's accomplishment. Besides, the critical path management allows manufacturers to avoid cost overruns, caused by various factors such as delays and process failure through fast identification and implementation of contingencies. This allows them to save on cost, meet customer deadlines, and maximize their profit.

In a world where fast fashion has dominated the readymade garment industry, production of quality readymade garments within a short time calls for innovations and implementation of strategies that guarantee the efficiency of production processes. Critical path management allows organizations to visualize all their production process, distribute human resources, and identify the most important tasks where more resources should be channels.

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