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February 2014 Workshop

February 28, 2014
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
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Newlands Golf & Country Club
21025 48th Avenue
Langley, BC V3A 3M3

In today’s volatile and complex supply chain scenarios conventional planning, materials management and unit cost-centric rules and metrics are outmoded.  They impede product and cash flow and ultimately compromise ROI performance.  The commitment to and maintenance of unit cost minimization is a self-imposed obstacle of contrived measures rejected by management accounting, economics and physics.  Intertwined with forecast error, and outmoded MRP rules and tools they have become the major sources of variation in supply chains fueling the “Bullwhip Effect” and eroding performance.  Finance and Operations teams that overcome these obstacles and become Demand Driven can create a huge competitive advantage for their company.

In this Workshop, attendees will learn:

  1. Why the rules inherent in our planning, materials management and costing systems are no longer relevant and are in fact the core causes of the bullwhip effect and supply chain waste.
  2. To recognize and identify the old rules of push and promote that must be removed and the new rules and tools of position and pull to replace them.
  3. Learn the steps to become Demand Driven:
    • Embrace a strategy of flow and its implications;
    • Design a demand driven operating model – the strategy of positioning decoupling, control points and buffer protection to break the effects of variation;
    • Bring the demand driven model to the organization;
    • Employ Smart Metrics to operate and sustain a demand driven model;

Avigilon will present a case study in their implementation of the Demand Driven Performance concepts. You will be able to understand:

  1. The steps they took to design their own demand driven model for flow with strategic decoupling and control points.
  2. The road map used to implement the changes to processes, work practices, information flow necessary to operate their new model.
  3. The new rules and tools adopted to speed the flow of relevant information and materials to and through the control points to the market.
  4. How they use buffer management and smart metrics to continuously improve.

This is your opportunity to learn directly from one of the recognized thought leaders in Operations and Supply Chain and from one of the best performing companies in Canada. Don’t let it pass you by, register today as seats are limited!

Registration includes a copy of Ms. Smith’s recently released book on the topic, a $78 value!

Speaker Bio

Debra Smith is a co-founder and partner with Constraints Management Group, LLC, a services and technology company specializing in pull-based manufacturing, materials,and project management systems for midrange and large manufacturers. She began her career in public accounting with Touche Ross (now Deloitte, Touche). She has worked as both a controller and a VP of finance for two different publicly traded firms,spent seven years as an accounting professor where her research focused on the role of metrics in process improvement.

Ms. Smith began working with Dr. Eli Goldratt in 1990. In 2001 she was elected to the founding Board of Directors of the Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization serving five years and is certified in all TOC disciplines. Ms. Smith has been active in the Institute of Management Accounting (IMA) and APICS and a keynote speaker on three continents.

She is a co-author of The Theory of Constraints and Its Implications for Management Accounting, the recipient of the 1993 IMA and Price Waterhouse applied research grant, a contributing author for The Theory of Constraints Handbook, and the author of The Measurement Nightmare.

Ms. Smith has been at the forefront of developing and articulating smart metrics as published in the ground breaking book Demand Driven Performance – Using Smart Metrics (McGraw Hill 2013). Clients, past and present,include Unilever, LeTourneau Technologies, Boeing, Intel, Erickson Air-Crane,Siemens, IBM, The Charles Machine Works (Ditch Witch), Avigilon and Oregon FreezeDry