Operations Haiku

Below is a collection of Operations Haiku, a poem made up of three phrases with 5, 7, and 5 syllables, respectively. Many of which are contributed by my students in the undergraduate operations management course.


Plan schedule control,

operations management,

inputs into goods.

When in a process,

one step affects another,

not isolated.

Managing supplies,

so very complicated,

demand keeps changing.

Buy a new machine,

decrease utilization,

let’s make some money.

One, what’s the mission,

two, manage the bottleneck,

three, forecast demand.

“The Simulation”

Capacity blocks,

the profit is hurting now,

more stations needed.

Efficiency and control,

both in a line,

good operation.