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Making the transition from forecast-driven MRP to DDMRP requires a clearly constructed change management process.
At b2wise we specialize in helping companies achieve just this by accompanying them on their own journeys!
Any successful supply chain transformation needs to start with training; not just for the planners but for the entire organization.
To help organizations understand what it means to become Demand Driven, b2wise has developed a serious management game called DDBrix. This Lego based game breaks down silos and introduces the entire organization to the power of demand driven in a fun learning way.
Our team includes four Master DDP, three DDP, two DDL, two AS&OP as well as twleve DDBrix instructors. Training can be provided in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
DDMRP is different. It is challenging some deep truths that have been around for a long time. Changing the mindset of people from the CEO to the shop floor worker is difficult and nothing helps more than demonstrable results.
In order to introduce your team to the new methods and to demonstrate clear results, most b2wise clients started with proof of concept (PoC) project. This POC is a small scale project on a limited set of data. It is normally carried out on a subset of purchased or distributed parts as manufacturing normally needs more configuration.
To provide a clear business case with proof and an implementation roadmap of how Demand Driven will provide benefits.
Normally the scope is limited to a subset of purchased or distributed parts or a single production line that can be easily ring-fenced.
Users need to be trained in DDP and the required data needs to be provided (in Excel if necessary) on a daily basis.
Armed with the results and experiences gained from the POC; deploying b2wise throughout the organization will now be much simpler. All you need to do is expand the dataset and follow our structured roll-out process to ensure success.
Projects are executed using short daily online meetings. The idea behind these meetings is to answer all user queries, identify software/data issues, agree to action plans and assign responsibilities. Then we rapidly resolve them before the planning process starts again tomorrow.
In order to assist with the roll-out of b2wise across the organization, we have developed a ‘Deployment Toolbox’ which is based on our collective experiences gained from other global DDMRP and system roll-out projects.
Making DDMRP stick long-term requires a business to adopt a framework of continuous improvement. This framework needs to focus on enhancing the processes, supporting the people, fixing the data issues as well as ensuring the application fits your business.
To stay relevant, a DDMRP implementation needs to adapt to our fast-changing world. To keep our clients’ DDMRP implementation relevant, b2wise makes available a ‘DDMRP Coach’ whose roles is to act as a sounding board for our clients as they adapt and grow. These DDMRP coaches are either a part of B2Wise or join us from our global network of associates or partners.
In addition, b2wise actively encourages the sharing of experiences between our clients by arranging on-site inter company workshops, and by hosting a global user forum.
Results from DDMRP have a lot to do with the level of adoption and commitment of management to the DDMRP principles across the entire company, and the more b2wise’s clients can learn from each other, the better.s