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.
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
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.