A humble change lesson

If you have been following my blog for a while now, you might have picked up that I like the change management author Rick Maurer. He writes in a simplistic and humoristic way about the sometimes serious topic of change. I’ve used his 3 level resistance model from his book ‘Beyond the wall of resistance’ to map key stakeholders up to the most senior level … Continue reading A humble change lesson

Is your supply chain in flow?

Proposed by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi in the positive psychology, ‘Flow’ is the mental state in which a person in an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity. According to Csikszentmihalyi, flow is completely focused motivation. It is a single-minded immersion and represents perhaps the ultimate in harnessing the emotions in the service of performing and learning. In flow, the emotions are … Continue reading Is your supply chain in flow?

Demand driven & agile supply chains

The last couple of weeks I read it several times. ‘Supply chains must be demand driven’, or ‘you have to be agile to survive in today’s global competitive environment’, ‘you’re agile or you’re dead!’. Some S&OP models suggest that being demand driven is the highest form of maturity. This seems mostly advocated by AMR Research and Gartner. Before you think otherwise, let me tell you that I … Continue reading Demand driven & agile supply chains

Most Black Swans are business as usual

Since I came to Australia I know that black swans are common. I actually go regularly feed these swans with my two girls. For my two girls, black swans are as any duck or sheep; perfectly common animals. According to Taleb in his book The Black Swan, black swans follow the 3 following criteria: The event is a surprise for the observer The event has … Continue reading Most Black Swans are business as usual

In optimization, settle for the near optimum

As an MSc in operations management, I started my career analysing inventory parameters in a 35 main distribution centre, up to 350 locations, four level multi-echelon inventory network. The odd 100.000 spare parts my department was planning ranged from 0.01 US$ to 200k US$ in cost price and demand ranged from less then 1 spare part a year to over a 1000. The whole goal … Continue reading In optimization, settle for the near optimum

Know thy Supply Chain!

Around 2500 years ago a strange, awkward guy was strolling the streets of Athens. He would walk up to people and start conversation and ask questions about life, religion, and politics. He would challenge their answers and usually got them stuck in their own reasoning and arguments. By asking questions, Socrates made his targets starting question their own beliefs and purpose. If we want to … Continue reading Know thy Supply Chain!