Demand Driven Planner class - Online Class

Tue, October 15 2019, 8:00 AM - Tue, December 03 2019, 10:00 AM [PST]

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Tue, October 15 2019, 8:00 AM - Tue, December 03 2019, 10:00 AM [PST]


This course is offered as an online course over 8 weeks.  The class will be taught personally by Chad Smith and Carol Ptak live every Wednesday starting on October 15 from 8 am - 10 am PT (Los Angeles time).  Each class is recorded and available through DDI's ONDEMAND site for your later review.  After you have registered for this program you will receive the information on how to access the class.   Please also register for DDI's ONDEMAND membership at: Membership is free.  All courseware and videos will be delivered through ONDEMAND.

After registration you will be sent a confirmation with the Goto meeting information to access the class live. 

The Demand Driven Planner (DDP)™ program is designed for planning, purchasing and supply chain personnel responsible for maintaining a DDMRP implementation. Designed by the leading authorities on DDMRP at the Demand Driven Institute, the Demand Driven Planner program is comprised of 13 modules of in-depth DDMRP education. The DDP Program is THE official preparatory course for the Demand Driven Planner Professional (DDPP)™ certification test.

Module 1: Planning in the Modern World

  • The MRP Revolution
  • Evidence of a Problem
  • The New Normal

Module 2: The Importance of Flow

  • Plossl’s First Law
  • Demonstrate Flow’s importance in industry
  • Plossl’s Law Caveat
  • The Bullwhip Effect

Module 3: Unlocking a Solution - Decoupling 

Module 4: Becoming Demand Driven

  • “MRP versus Lean” Conflict
  • What “Demand Driven” really means
  • Demand Driven Operating Model
  • Demand Driven MRP

Module 5: Strategic Inventory Positioning

  • Six Positioning Factor
  • Decoupled Lead time
  • Matrix Bill of Material

Module 6: Distribution Network Positioning

  • Unique Distribution Positioning Factors
  • Compare and contrast demand driven to push and promote
  • Positioning across a supply chain

Module 7: Buffer Profiles and Levels

  • Inventory – Asset or Liability
  • Buffer Profiles
  • Buffer Zones
  • Calculating Buffer Levels

Module 8: Dynamic Buffer Adjustments

  • Recalculated Adjustments
  • Planned Adjustments
  • Manual Adjustments
  • Factors for Planning Adjustment Factors

Module 9: Demand Driven Planning

  • Part Planning Designations
  • DDMRP Planning Process
  • Supply Order Generation for Stocked Items
  • DDDRP Supply Order Generation Considerations
  • Supply Generation for Non-Stocked Items
  • Decoupled Explosion
  • Prioritized Share

Module 10: Highly Visible and Collaborative Execution

  • Challenging Priority by Due Date
  • Buffer Status Alerts
  • Synchronization Alerts
  • Execution Collaboration

Module 11: DDMRP and the Operational Environment

  • DDMRP Strategic Buffer Criteria
  • DDMRP and Safety Stock
  • DDMRP and Order Point
  • DDMRP and Scheduling
  • DDMRP and WIP Priority Management
  • Compare/contrast MRP, Lean and DDMRP

Module 12: Demand Driven Sales and Operations Planning

  • DDS&OP
  • Analytics for Master Settings changes and model improvement
  • DDS&OP protection for critical strategic impacts

Module 13: Program Summary

  • Program Summary
  • Expected Benefits of DDMRP
  • Get Started with DDMRP




What's the refund policy?

There is no refund 14 days before the event.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, you do not have to bring your ticket


Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes, your ticket is 100% transferrable


Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Yes, you can substitute anyone from your company


Is the cost of the certification exam included?

No, the cost of the exam is not included. It can be purchased separately after the class if desired.


Cancellation policy

Cancellations will have a full credit up to 30 days before class start.  Within 30 days the registration can be transfered for free. 

Demand Driven Insitute

The Demand Driven Institute (DDI) is dedicated to proliferating consistent demand driven methods approaches through education, training and certification. The Demand Driven Institute has a global presence through its global network of affiliates. The Demand Driven Institute (DDI) was founded in 2011 by Carol Ptak and Chad Smith, co-authors of DDMRP (Industrial Press, 2016) and Orlicky’s Material Requirements Planning, Third Revised Edition (McGraw Hill 2011). For more information about our mission and how you might get involved contact us at:

Contact the Organizer

Carol Ptak
Partner Demand Driven Institute

Carol Ptak is currently a partner with the Demand Driven Institute (www.demanddriveninstitute. com) and was most recently at Pacific Lutheran University as Visiting Professor and Distinguished Executive in Residence. Previously, she was vice president and global industry executive for manu- facturing and distribution industries at PeopleSoft, where she developed the concept of demand driven manufacturing (DDM). Ms. Ptak spent four years at IBM Corporation, culminating in the position of global SMB segment executive A leading authority in the use of ERP and supply chain tools to drive improved bottom line performance, Ms. Ptak’s expertise is well grounded in four decades of practical experience as a successful practi- tioner, consultant, and educator in manufacturing operations. Her prag- matic approach to complex issues and dynamic presentation style has her in high demand worldwide on the subject of how to leverage these tools and achieve sustainable success. She holds an MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology and completed the EMPO program at Stanford University. Ms. Ptak is a fre- quent educator at the university level and presents at many key technical conferences around the world, in places such as South Africa, France, Israel, Australia, Ireland, and the Netherlands, as well as thirteen APICS International conferences. She is the author of numerous articles and the books DDMRP (Industrial Press, 2016), Orlicky’s Material Requirements Planning 3e (McGraw-Hill, 2011) with Chad Smith, in addition to MRP and Beyond and ERP, Tools, Techniques and Applications for Integrating About the Authors | xiii the Supply Chain, Theory H.O.W. with Harold Cavallaro, and Necessary but not Sufficient with Dr. Eli Goldratt and Eli Schragenheim. Together with Dean Gilliam she updated Quantum Leap, originally written by John Constanza. Ms. Ptak has lent her name to the internationally cov- eted Ptak Prize for Supply Chain Excellence, which is awarded annually by ISCEA (International Supply Chain Education Alliance). Ms. Ptak is certified through APICS at the fellow level (CFPIM) and was certified in Integrated Resource Management (CIRM) with the first group internationally. Ms. Ptak was the President and CEO of APICS, The Educational Society for Resource Management for the year 2000. Prior to her election as APICS President, she served on the Society in a variety of positions.

About Carol Ptak

Partner Demand Driven Institute
Chad Smith
Partner Demand Driven Institute

Chad Smith is the coauthor (with Carol Ptak) of the third edition of Orlicky’s Material Requirements Planning (McGraw-Hill, 2011), Demand Driven Material Requirements Planning (Industrial Press, 2016) and Precisely Wrong—Why Conventional Planning Fails and How to Fix It (Industrial Press, 2017). He is also the coauthor (with Debra Smith) of Demand Driven Performance: Using Smart Metrics (McGraw-Hill, 2014). He is a cofounder of and partner in the Demand Driven Institute, an organization dedicated to proliferating demand driven methods throughout the world. In 1997 Mr. Smith cofounded Constraints Management Group (CMG), a services and technology company specializing in demand driven manufacturing, materials, and project management systems for midrange and large manufacturers. He served as Managing Partner of CMG from 1998 to 2015. Clients (past and present) include Unilever, LeTourneau Technologies, Boeing, Intel, Erickson Air-Crane, Siemens, IBM, The Charles Machine Works (Ditch Witch), and Oregon Freeze Dry. Mr. Smith is also a certified expert in all disciplines of the Theory | xi xii | About the Authors of Constraints, studying directly under the tutelage of the late Dr. Eli Goldratt. Chad Smith makes his home in Wenatchee, Washington, with his wife, Sarah, and two daughters, Sophia and Lily.

About Chad Smith

Partner Demand Driven Institute