The self-driving supply chain will need human capability more than ever

In a bit of an attention-grabbing title – The Death of Supply Chain Management – some pretty well-established supply chain people got away in the Harvard Business Review with what reads pretty much as a one dimensional sales pitch for technology. The main premise of the article is that technology and digitalisation will take over the supply chain and take peoples jobs. They talk about … Continue reading The self-driving supply chain will need human capability more than ever

S&OP 3.0 – The Future of Planning

Sales and Operation Planning (S&OP) made it’s break through in the 80’s, when Material Requirement Planning (MRP) was the hottest planning methodology around, computer screens had monochrome green letters, our music and dress sense were questionable, and it was common for companies to have a command and control management style. With it roots in the supply chain, this S&OP 1.0 had a strong focus on … Continue reading S&OP 3.0 – The Future of Planning

The key elements of an effective S&OP mindset

Most of us like to achieve high performance consistently and at any time. However, often we can be highly effective at one time, and other times we’re very unproductive. Research shows that there are five attributes that either positively or negatively impact our performance variation for a task or a challenge. Abilities: what are the skills and resources I need? Can I apply my strengths … Continue reading The key elements of an effective S&OP mindset

S&OP mindset shows a lack of pro-activity and long term focus

Some companies run their Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) with great effectiveness. However, too often S&OP maturity and performance stalls, even when the supporting S&OP processes and systems are properly implemented. S&OP culture and leadership has often been proposed as a mechanism to improve S&OP performance. More specifically, Tuomikangas and Kaipia (2014) suggest that this includes “the organizational mind-set and practices that facilitate and advance … Continue reading S&OP mindset shows a lack of pro-activity and long term focus

Checklist for an S&OP Mindset

For those of you who’ve been following supplychaintrend for a while, you know I’ve written many blogs about how mindset improves S&OP and business performance. And maybe more importantly, it can also improve employee well-being. I’m pleased that in collaboration with the leading European Supply Chain Platform – Supply Chain Movement – I developed a checklist to assess if your organisation has an effective mindset. … Continue reading Checklist for an S&OP Mindset

How to Measure your Strategy Execution Readiness

Your company has a strategy. Are you confident it is ready to be deployed and executed? Most likely not, as 60%-90% of strategy implementations fail and only 14% of executives are satisfied with the execution of a strategy. This post introduces a framework to assess your company’s strategy execution readiness, in order to align leaders around how to bridge your strategy to execution gaps. I … Continue reading How to Measure your Strategy Execution Readiness

The ‘Why’ in S&OP: or How to Find More Meaning

There is a lot of evidence that S&OP is hard to implement and get right. And when S&OP is implemented it often stalls, doesn’t make enough progress and doesn’t deliver enough value. The reasons are plenty, but one of the core reasons is the lack of senior leadership support. Another reason is that employees just get tired of an overly dogmatic, bureaucratic process and data … Continue reading The ‘Why’ in S&OP: or How to Find More Meaning