Extending the production dice game

Marc Lambrecht, Stefan Creemers, Robert Boute, Roel Leus, Alistair Brandon‐Jones
2012 International Journal of Operations & Production Management  
The production dice game is a powerful learning exercise focusing on the impact of variability and dependency on throughput and work-in-process inventory of flow lines. In this paper we will extend the basic dice game along the following lines. First, we allow that the operations take place concurrently as opposed to the more traditional way of playing the game sequentially. Second, we allow both starvation and blocking of the line. Third, we consider balanced lines with work stations
more » ... zed by different degrees of variability. Fourth, we use different sets of dice in order to represent a wide range of coefficients of variation of the production line. The game can be played manually in a classroom setting, but it is also modelled as an easy-to-use simulation tool.
doi:10.1108/01443571211284197 fatcat:bydtahrwubbdpcqnkkfdeyfkba