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Transitioning to a DDMRP operating model

Start your journey with a pilot

Although DDMRP is not revolutionary, it represents a major change for companies that have historically based their planning processes on forecast driven methodologies. To switch, companies will need to focus on 3 areas: educating their people, adapting their processes and understanding the new software solution. At b2wise we believe that the best way for a business to understand the impact of adopting DDMRP is by doing a pilot. 

A pilot with b2wise

In our pilots we aim to build a fully functional operating model based on a subset of data that is broad enough to prove the benefit because nothing convinces a business more than using the system and achieving demonstrable results. Our pilots last between three and six months and are broken down into four steps: Get ready, Get going, Get it right and Get the benefits.

Your steps to implement DDMRP

01

Get ready

Objective

To prepare the business for the pilot

02

Get going

Objective

To train staff and build the pilot system

03

Get it right

Objective

To fine tune the model and resolve all the blocking issues

04

Get the benefits

Objective

To show the benefits

Step 1: Get ready

Prepare the business

The activities include

  • Mapping the existing material flows
  • Documenting the current processes
  • Agreeing the pilot scope
  • Identifying the training needs 
  • Running the first training sessions 
  • Designing the ‘To-Be’ processes
  • Assessing the available and missing data
  • If applicable; building a ‘Proof of Concept’ system 
  • Putting together the project charter 

Step 2: Get going

Train your staff and build the system

The activities include

  • Setting up b2wise to update daily
  • Configuring b2wise to the agreed ‘To-Be’ processes
  • Validating and testing the data and configuration
  • Running a DDBRIX workshop for between 7-16 at a time
  • Formally training the Planners (initial users) in DDMRP
  • Training the planners in the use of b2wise
  • Identifying any change management activities
  • Building the workflows into b2wise

Step 3: Get it right

Fine tune the model and resolve blocking issues

The activities include

  • Working with the planners daily
  • Resolving any data issues
  • Actioning any processes issues that need to be enhanced
  • Fine tuning the initial configuration
  • Addressing any additional training requirements 
  • Identifying non-standard functional requirements 

Depending on the scope, this phase can last between one and three months.  We look to hold daily continuous improvement meetings to capture issues and to agree the resolution. If no new data is required, we aim to provide a working solution by the next day.

Step 4: Get the benefits

Achieving the expected results

The activities include

  • Confirming that the expected benefits have been achieved
  • Agreeing a timeline for non-standard developments 
  • Identifying additional time required to roll-out the system 
  • If necessary, formalising the data transfer processes 
  • Documenting the lessons learned in the pilot
  • Making the Go / No Go Decision for a global roll-out

In our experience, after three to five months of usage, the business will have a good understanding of the system, the processes and accuracy of their data to move forward with confidence. The b2wise customer success team will be there to support your every step.

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