My mum used to say that if you wait long enough, the same things will come back in to fashion. I suppose that is also true when you blog long enough about supply chain. In 2012 I wrote a short blog about demand driven & agile supply chains, which seems to be all the hype back then. Some of the quotes I picked up from … Continue reading The agile supply chain is back. But this time it’s for real!
If you operate in the supply chain or the planning world, it is hard to not come across terminology like supply chain planning 4.0, ‘light touch’ planning or ‘lights out’ planning. They all rate high in the hype cycle and for good reasons. A lot of technology progress has been made in recent years, and progress continuous at dizzying speed. Autonomous vehicles already exist in … Continue reading Autonomous or ‘Lights Out’ Supply Chain Planning; what is really required?
In a recent Forbes article, three common supply chain weaknesses are highlighted: Being reactive rather than pro-active Lack of visibility Lack of accountability The behavioural weaknesses – lack of pro-activity and accountability should be no surprise to me or the readers of my blog. As the S&OP mindset study I conducted with Supply Chain Movement in 2017/2018 show similar results. We made an S&OP mindset … Continue reading Three common weaknesses in supply chain
In our household we love our Google Home. My girls use it continuously to play music, ask silly questions, jokes, do calculations and spell difficult words amongst other things. I use it to voice command my shopping list, set a timer and book meetings in my agenda. Speeking to and interacting with a little machine in my living room, that has the capacity to both … Continue reading Artificial Intelligence – beyond the hype, the experts, its weak spots and losing your job
To be most effective, S&OP requires a positive, growth-oriented, mentally tough mindset as well as constructive behaviours. It is unlikely that a critical mass of effective behaviours is present in every company that implements S&OP. On top of this, S&OP practitioners indicate that behaviours are not addressed enough in S&OP implementations. There are different behavioural change requirements during S&OP maturity stages. This article suggests three … Continue reading A Short Guide to Behavioural Coaching in Support of World Class S&OP
PREVIEW In their three-part Foresight series entitled “Misconceptions, Missteps, and Bad Practices in S&OP,” (Foresight issues 46, 47, 48) Chris Gray and John Dougherty expose a baker’s dozen of blunders blocking the road to an effective S&OP process. S&OP Is the New Name for ERP. To Make S&OP Work, We’ll Need New Software. For Our Company, S&OP Is Operations (O) and Inventory without Involving Sales (S)! Make to Stock, … Continue reading Why we Need to Rethink S&OP Vision, Culture, and Language
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
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
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
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