Pull or Push #3: The train station

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On Monday, we described a pull system in a factory and how it differed from a push system often used by software teams. We are following that post with a 10-day series looking at push and pull systems in everyday life, asking what you think and offering our thoughts.

 

Scenario number 3 is trains entering a station

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Our thoughts

This is definitely a PULL system.

Like airports, train stations pull a new train in once the station has capacity. Both train stations and airports employ buffers to manage demand and variation but, whilst planes might be able to circle before they are permitted to land, trains have to rely on clever scheduling for their buffers.

 


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