1. Capacity. Capacity is precious. It’s your ability to generate and build product, and it starts with answering the question, “How do I generate enough to satisfy demand?” The COVID-19 vaccine is gated from a manufacturing perspective; companies can only distribute what’s available. The point for you and for your product is to stay ahead of capacity and never be constrained by it.
2. Balance. A supply chain will not succeed if the focus is only agility or resilience. There must be balance because:
- Agility is offense. This is how you support customers when there is unplanned demand and unforeseen constraints.
- Resilience is defense. How do I protect supply and capacity? How do I move inventory to be certain I have what I need to build what I promised? The answer can be manufacturing redundancy.