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The APICS Albuquerque Chapter will host a Zoom webinar 

“Demand Driven Supply Chain Methodology”

Thursday, October 22, 2020
11:30 noon – 12:30pm MST
Please RSVP by October 20th at

 Today’s supply chains are much more complex and volatile than ever.

Despite this obvious difference in circumstances conventional MRP systems still plan precisely the same way today as they did 50 years ago

Demand Driven MRP combines some of the still relevant aspects of Material Requirements Planning (MRP) and Distribution Requirements Planning (DRP) with the pull and visibility emphases found in Lean and the Theory of Constraints and the variability reduction emphasis of Six Sigma.

These elements are successfully blended through key points of innovation in the DDMRP method.  DDMRP is the supply order generation and management engine of a Demand Driven Operating Model (DDOM).

We will introduce you the methodology created by the Demand Driven Institute for 1h meeting in partnership with the APICS Albuquerque chapter. During this meeting we will share simulation results and return of experience of implementations of the methodology.

Agathe Vignolle, Executive Manager of AGILEA Group. AGILEA is a consulting & training center for APICS content and Demand Driven Institute (Part of the ASCM) The group is the leader on the DDMRP methodology implementation with more than 30 projects in multiple environment. Agathe is Demand Driven Planer instructor.


ASCM Connect 2020
Monday September 14, 2020 – Wednesday September 16, 2020

Connecting you to the future of supply chain
ASCM CONNECT Virtual focuses on the topics that matter – from digital transformation to sustainability and business resilience – providing you with the tools to optimize performance across the extended supply chain. Join us for this remarkable three-day virtual event. Take a deep dive into best-in-class supply chain insights and solutions and feel empowered by inspiring industry leaders.

Register for Virtual

Returning to Work Safely​

Top recommendations from OSHA and the CDC for preventing the spread of respiratory illness in your workplace.

As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to make its impact around the world, the nature of the workplace is changing. For the first time, many jobs that were not previously considered to be hazardous are being re-evaluated. Employers must determine the risk of employees contracting and spreading COVID-19, the dangerous respiratory illness that is caused by the coronavirus. Whether you are welcoming your workers back from telecommuting or have been given permission to reopen from your local government, you should have procedures in place that aim to prevent an emergence of COVID-19 in your workplace.

The following guidance, based on recommendations provided by OSHA and the CDC, can help employers reopen their business and ensure workers return safely during the ongoing pandemic. Employers should also stay up to date with requirements from their local governments and adhere to evolving mitigation measures as experts continue to learn more about COVID-19. By determining level of risk, implementing hazard controls, and conducting training on new procedures, workers can be protected from being exposed to illness in the workplace.


Running effective remote team meetings without causing burnout

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If you’re like many companies, you’re past the remote work honeymoon phase. Video conferencing is no longer foreign, nor is it a fun novelty at this point. You’ve figured out where the mute button is and how many cats your coworker owns. You still need people on the same page, but like a parent wielding an iPad, you’re wary of subjecting them to too much screen time.

Remote team communication is never simple, and that’s especially true when the state of remote work remains so indefinite. After months of virtual meetings, most businesses have figured out how to operate efficiently. But there’s a new challenge, regardless of the size or nature of your operation: How do we go about keeping people engaged without burning them out?

There’s no easy answer here. But by prioritizing an awareness of your team members’ personalities and behavioral drives, you can keep remote meetings both fresh and efficient. And in doing so, you can keep people both sane and well-informed.

Engaging all remote team participants

Remote meetings take on many forms and the goals for them may vary. But whether it’s a daily team stand-up, a presentation for 50-plus remote workers, or something in between, there’s one essential consideration: the behavioral drives of your remote team. Generally speaking, these drives will vary, and you need to account for them all as best you can.

Team members with higher formality drives might want to see a meeting agenda in advance. You can offer them one via Slack, email, or by way of bullet points within the event details. Your priority should just be to ensure everyone can adequately prepare. Other drives take differently to remote meetings, as well. For example:

To cater to different drives, you can utilize short virtual icebreakers. Just be cognizant of the line between fun and fluff. A more social profile will enjoy a conversational icebreaker, while a four-square rubric satisfies analytical itches. In each case, you boost engagement without letting the meetings feel stodgy.

Many remote teams are still feeling their way toward that middle ground. It’s undeniably tricky to establish a sweet spot between necessary video conferencing between distributed teams and check-ins that drain people. But by understanding each of your team members’ strongest drives (i.e., who is suffering most from the lack of face-to-face interaction?), you adjust accordingly.