Monday, August 11, 2008

Measuring, Managing, and Improving the Extended Value Chain Webinar

The Value Chain Group was kind enough to invite me to present my thoughts on how to use a business centered, metrics driven approach for value chain / supply chain improvement. It is a back to basics approach that focuses on the business drivers rather than the technology.

I am impressed that the Value Chain Group has opened the invitation (below) to anyone that might benefit from the webinar - not just their members. They have recognized that my presentation is model "neutral" and hopefully will provide some insights to the attendees who have little experience with value chain concepts as well as those that have considerable experience with process models like VRM, APQP, DFSS or SCOR.

VCG Invitation

You are invited to join our VCG Webinar: Measuring, Managing, and Improving the Extended Value Chain Join us for a Webinar on September 11 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET US Space is limited.Reserve your Webinar seat now t:

Discussion: If you lead a business or team that has been tasked to improve the performance of your business unit, you have probably elected to use an approach that is driven by numbers. If you are a departmental leader or manager that is developing a business solution that requires collaboration with suppliers, customers, and other internal business units, you have probably been researching standards and practices that you can use. If you are a technology vendor or a consultant trying to build a business case for an IT solution or application, you have probably realized the imperative to successfully identify business drivers and processes that span sales, marketing, engineering, finance, IT, logistics, production, and customer service.

Large and small businesses recognize that achieving consistent, superior results requires managers and executives to monitor business performance and take decisive steps to maintain or improve outcomes. Strategic partnerships, go-to-market-strategy, and business plans are built on service level agreements that use business performance metrics to specify the commitments of the business partners. "Standard" contracting terms employ measurements terms that are often not well-defined nor standard.

World-class companies are investing in business intelligence/analytic applications, employing "dashboards," Measuring, Managing, and Improving Business Operations is a webinar introducing the use of business process models and metrics as frameworks for rapidly assessing and improving the extended value chain. It has been designed for those of us who are not experts in business and finance and statistics and information technology and logistics and process modeling and consulting and supply chain management.

If you are starting (or starting again) to explore a cross-functional, cross-enterprise KPI-driven approach to improving your business, this is designed to help orient you.

About our Speaker: Scott Stephens works as a consultant, trainer, and mentor with commercial and government executives, managers, and cross-functional project teams in value/supply chain management, performance measurement, and process improvement in both discrete and process industries. He has worked collaboratively with the Value-Chain Group in the past but may be best known for his contributions to the Supply Chain Council. This webinar is adapted from a workshop developed for the GPI - Global Performance Initiative (GPI), an organization dedicated to identifying and sharing measurable best practices for achieving operational excellence, particularly in the area of value/supply chain management.

From 1996 to 2006, Mr Stephens was a key contributor to the Supply Chain Council (SCC). As one of the founding members and the first chair of the Council's Board of Directors (representing Lockheed Martin), he was instrumental in establishing the Supply-Chain Council and transitioning the Council from a loose consortium of practitioners to an independent, not-for-profit trade association. For almost ten years, Mr. Stephens served as the Chief Technology Officer of the Council, working with practitioners, academicians, software providers, government organizations, and consulting companies in developing and advancing the Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) Model. SCOR is a cross-industry supply-chain management reference model designed to describe, measure and analyze the performance of supply chain configurations. SCOR contains standard supply-chain process definitions, metrics, best practices, and references to enabling technology, which can contribute to SCM efficiency.

Mr. Stephens works with the world's leading organizations in industry, government, and academia in supply chain initiatives in Europe, Asia, Australia / New Zealand and the Americas. Mr. Stephens publishes and speaks frequently in international supply chain management and business forums. He is a guest lecturer at universities world-wide. He has delivered supply chain management workshops to over 2000 executives, globally and was responsible for training and certifying all SCOR instructors during his tenure as the SCC's Chief Technology Officer. He has assisted a number of Fortune 100 companies with business transformation and supply chain improvement.

Prior to establishing his business, and serving as the full time Supply Chain Council Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Stephens worked at Lockheed Martin with responsibilities in: all phases of the value chain (pre-sales, sales, design, production, and delivery through support and warranty management), development and implementation of supply chain strategy and technology to improve corporate competitiveness, the identification of commercial supply chain management best practice and off-the-shelf technology in support of DOD programs through the design and delivery of supply chain management "command and control systems," and supply chain management support for Lockheed Martin's commercial customers.

Sponsor: Value Chain Group, Inc. See
Title: VCG Webinar: Measuring, Managing, and Improving the Extended Value Chain
Date: Thursday, 11 September 2008
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET USA

System Requirements
PC-based attendees Required: Windows® 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, Vista
Macintosh®-based attendees Required: Mac OS® X 10.3.9 (Panther®) or newer

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Value Chain Benchmarking Reports and Surveys

As the list of benchmarking reports and surveys has grown, it has been a bit more difficult to scroll through links and reports on the Google Doc spreadsheet that I have been embedding in the blog. This posting marks the transition of the embedded spreadsheet to a web-based table hosted on the Global Performance website. Since it is one of the more frequently bits of information accessed on this blog, I have made the link a permanent feature (top right) of the blog.

On this first version of the posted table, I have kept the links and added a description of the site on which the surveys can be found. The organizations are grouped as academic organizations, commercial organizations (including trade associations and consultants), and government organizations. While some of these services require fees and/or participation in the benchmarking to access the data, I don't identify the fee structure or the agreement you might have to enter into to participate in the survey or extract data.

I will continue to provide updates to the list and intend to provide a brief description of any changes on this blog but will provide the updated list for maintenance on the GP site.

Additions or corrections to the list are welcome. Additionally, anyone that is willing to share their experience using the benchmarking services is encouraged to do so.