“I ideally wonder if, like for cars, we can somehow implement APS User Exams, getting users to write preparedness exams and pass maturity tests. Only those that pass get to purchase and install an APS.“

We talk a lot about the benefits of implementing and using an Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) system. There are many case studies and long-use companies to support these benefits. We have enthusiastic sales staff and takers.

However, after the sale and implementation, we often run into the problem of how to keep it running. There are many ideas that we can explore here and that have been mentioned by others, however I have one idea I’d like to mention.

I ideally wonder if, like for cars, we can somehow implement APS User Exams, getting users to write preparedness exams and pass maturity tests. Only those that pass get to purchase and install an APS.

We could build this up with marketing, public awards, and ceremonies. The prospective company will generate marketing material.

We, company “On the Cusp”, are allowed to implement an APS in the next two years, but only if we keep the same staff that passed the APS preparedness exam. We have a number of small points that we need to work on before we can start, but we are looking forward to that day. We too want to increase customer service and productivity.

What should we test for? Does the planner think of himself as a marvel comic hero? Outright fail. Same for the Production Manager.

Are they proud of their data accuracy? Do they want to further improve customer service? Positive marks for these. Do they understand that the APS will need to be adapted and enhanced to support further improvements and in reaction to business changes? Yes. Ok, another 20 questions and they get a certificate.

Dream with me on this one.