Planning is a process that involves making sure that enough raw materials, staff, capital, consumables and other necessary items are procured and ready to create finished products according to the specified schedule. Integrated planning throughout the supply chain, maximise profitability and optimises delivery to the end customer.

Your assessment result has positioned the planning process within the Red band. From experience this will manifest itself in; poor delivery performance, limited stock control, poor labour utilisation, unplanned downtime and continual re-planning. The planning process is essential to a high performing operation the absence of a workable plan has the opposite effect.

The chart shows the components that contributed to your assessment results for planning. This is designed to give an indication of the strengths and weaknesses of your planning process. The highlighted yellow line is your result and clearly indicates that every aspect of the planning process is in the Red band and requires improvement.

In this situation and because of the importance of the planning processes to all aspects of the operation we would ask the following questions:

Questions to ask

Are the systems and methods used to create the plan fit for purpose?
Are the skills, knowledge and experience of creating a plan available within the operation?
Is there a senior management commitment to establishing a robust and sustainable planning process?
Is the data available to create a plan? i.e. Capacity availability, short term demand.

Starting point

Ensure demand and capacity data is available and the accuracy is sustainable.
Develop a planning process that delivers a plan to meet both customer delivery and the budgetary requirements of the business.
Can this be achieved with current personnel or is there a requirement to improve the team.

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