Examining Priority Planning

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1.00 hour
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About the Course

A priority planning process transforms an organization’s strategy and the customer demand for goods and services into plans that production, operations, and suppliers can execute. When the plans are executed, goods and services that meet the customer demand are produced.

Course Description

Priority planning involves deciding what work to perform, what sequence to do tasks in, and when to do each task. This course addresses how business plans and customer demands are translated into detailed priority plans that production operations, service providers, and suppliers can implement. The planning processes that establish strategies and performance targets become the long-term compass that guides the entire enterprise. Customer demands define requirements for the firm’s goods and services. Priority planning uses these internal and external inputs to determine what work is needed, how much, and when the work needs to be done. This course explores the details of how priority plans operate—the inputs needed, the process steps to make them work, and the outputs generated.

Note: Project planning is a form of priority planning and concepts related to project planning that may be tested on the Basics of Supply Chain Management certification exam are not covered in this course. Please refer to the Project Planning topic in the CPIM Project Management course (APX887), which provides details that exceed the requirements for the Basics of Supply Chain Management exam.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe how boundaries for priority planning are set.
  • Identify required inputs and outputs for production planning.
  • Define master scheduling.
  • Explore creating a master schedule.
  • Define material requirements planning.