Happy New Year from our family to yours!
It’s been a great year! The nine short months since we’ve launched our supply chain training hub has been an amazing adventure.
We thank you for your support and input on how to further improve our offerings. Please keep the feedback coming.
As we’ve shared before, we’re a small team. But we’re driven to provide usable supply chain training resources for our community. Practical, no nonsense ideas to help your supply chain careers.
We already have tons of programs in the works for 2011. One of them is our first online course. We can’t wait to share them with you.
In the meantime, here’s a list of some key resources that you may have missed this year.
We took a long time to decide on what to write about first. In the end, it was clear. We wanted to share our thoughts on what a leader should be. Not a leader by title. A leader that delivers results and has a lot of fun doing it!
We followed that by stating some of the few principles we hold deeply. Not a mission statement. Not a vision statement. Just practical ideas we believe in.
To be a supply chain leader, you have to be…well…a leader. The core values remain the same. That’s why we’ve written a lot about it this year. Bottom line, if you want to be a leader, then lead.
To support this belief, we’ve also written a lot about practical approaches to getting things done. We like these a lot.
We got a lot of feedback requesting resources related to the APICS CSCP program. So we started by summarizing each of the four CSCP modules as a quick reference for busy people like you.
We understood that there were a lot of people that wanted to see what the test was like before committing to it. To address that, our team independently developed practice questions and gave it out as a free download.
Not directly supply chain, but we received two advanced copies of Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh’s book, Delivering Happiness. Pretty good read. We shared our thoughts here.
We received feedback on the need for articles on sales and operations planning (S&OP). So like we always do when we receive direct feedback, we addressed it!
In fact, we felt that it was an important enough topic to the community that we started a series called 100 Things You Should Know About S&OP. Instead of trying to define what it was — which we thought was redundant and pointless — we thought we’d just write 100 quick ideas about it. This way you can form your own working definition of it. Here’s our start.
We published our first ebook. Strategic Sourcing for Smart People: A Thinking Person’s Guide to Procurement. It’s available in our Bookstore.
We published our second ebook. And it was a big one. Literally and figuratively. Over 1000 practice questions in 294 pages. Again, driven by very clear feedback that there was a need for practice resources for the CSCP exam.
To continue the support for those preparing for the CSCP exam. We posted 40 CSCP questions, directly on our website. Totally free.
Toward the end of this year, we were super focused on building our first online course on supply chain. Our goal is to provide even deeper supply chain training in formats that make it convenient for you to learn. Moreover, we’re using your direct feedback to decide what to include in the course. We can’t wait to share this with you. Stay tuned and let us know if there are topics you want us to integrate.