A score of 26 – 74 suggests there are improvements required to achieve a production planning process that is capable of coordinating the supply chain and delivering cost optimisation and reliable delivery performance. The chart shows your assessment results for production planning which have been derived from the 5 relevant components. There are always opportunities to improve and the chart gives an indication of where the improvement can be made.

Questions to ask

Is there a cross functional team balancing demand and capacity?
Is plan adherence being monitored?
Is the data analysed and driving improvement action?
Does the planning team have clearly defined and communicated goals?
How are they measured?
How is data collected and analysed?
How is performance communicated?
Do they have the knowledge and experience to improve the process?
Are standard rates for parts production on individual assets known and adhered to?
Are changeovers predictable?

Starting point

Ensure there is a defined organisation structure, with defined job roles, responsibilities and boundaries of authority and control for production planning.
Determine the current levels of knowledge and experience within the organisation capable of delivering a sustainable production planning process.
Implement a set of agreed targets set that can be communicated, measured and the data analysed so that focused action can be taken to drive improvement.
The management team leads by emphasising the importance of production planning to the business.
Involve the planer/s in analysing the data and proposing corrective actions.

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