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  • Designing and operating a World Class master scheduling system
  • Managing where you meet the customer (make-to-stock vs. make-to-order vs. finish / assemble-to-order)
  • Sequencing, smoothing, and level loading
  • Managing change
  • Synchronous flow scheduling
  • What to master schedule
  • Quantitative formats and calculations
  • Managing time fences and horizons
  • Managing exception messages to fine-tune the plan
  • Two-level master scheduling and option planning
  • Integrating the finishing / assembly schedule with the MPS
  • Using the MPS for customer promising through available-to-promise
  • Collaborative planning and forecast review (CPFR)
  • The proper use of “advanced planning” and “finite loading” software tools
  • Using performance measurements to drive cost and service improvements
  • Developing an effective MPS and Collaborative Planning policy and procedure
  • The role of the master scheduler
  • The role of Sales and Marketing
  • Detailed participative workshops on the following topics:
    • Managing top down changes from the family production rate
    • Reacting to “bottom up” changes triggered by material or capacity availability in the plant or with key suppliers
    • Using rough cut capacity planning tools to smooth, validate, and readjust the MPS