DDMRP Leader
Sessions2 days
Preparation10 hours
LevelPost- bachelor
self-study | classroom
€ 1.395,- excl. VAT and exam
Average study time60 hours



Intended for

Persons who are responsible for the stock policy or the implementation of the policy. The course is intended for:

  • Supply Chain Managers
  • Supply Chain Analysts
  • Supply Chain Engineers
  • Continuous improvement managers
  • Inventory Managers / Materials Managers
  • Process consultants

Benefits of the training

By applying DDMRP principles, employees can contribute to improving the performance of the organization:

  • Achieve a reduction in expedite cost and more stable schedules
  • Know how to apply buffer adjustments to absorb variability
  • Able to order based information from buffer status calculations
  • Determination of strategic buffer positions
  • Determine buffer size for strategically located buffers
  • Understanding the principles of flow and how to manage inventories


  • Bachelor level and some experience in managing stocks with information systems for inventory management.
  • English reading skills (the study material and the multiple-choice exam are in English).

Course content

In the course the traditional way of inventory planning and control MRP is questioned. It teaches you how to reduce stocks by creating buffers where they contribute most to absorbing variation and protecting the flow time (flow). The participant learns methods for actively controlling the volume of buffers based on the size and variation of the demand and the lead times in production and purchasing. The participant learns how to measure the inventory performance and how this can be improved. The following topics will be covered:

DDL course content

Module 1: Today’s Organizational Challenges
  1. The Rise of Complexity
  2. Leadership’s Challenge
  3. Flow as the Purpose
  4. The prerequisites for Relevant Information
  5. Conventional Distortion to Relevant Information
Module 2: Conventional Challenges to Flow
  1. Variability and Its Impact to Flow
  2. Distortions to relevant information and materials – Planning Systems
  3. Distortions to relevant information and materials – Finance
  4. The Need for Thoughtware
Module 3: A New Management Model Emerges
Module 4: The Demand Driven Operating Model
  1. Demand Driven Material Requirements Planning (DDMRP)
  2. Demand Driven Scheduling and Shop Floor Execution
Module 5: Flow-Based Metrics
Module 6: Demand Driven Sales and Operations Planning (DDS&OP)
  1. Tactical Configuration & Reconciliation
  2. Tactical Review
  3. Tactical Projection
  4. Tactical Exploitation
  5. Strategic Recommendation
  6. Adaptive Sales and Operations Planning (Adaptive S&OP)
Module 7: The Demand Driven Adaptive Enterprise Model Development Path

Classroom sessions

The course is given exclusively in class, for two consecutive days. During the lessons there is plenty of interaction and the participants are actively involved in making calculations of stocks and order quantities. The course is given in English.

Course material

The course materials are as prescribed by the Demand Driven Institute (DDI) and consists of:

  • Hand-out of PowerPoint slides
  • Background information on the Demand Driven Institute website


Visie Partners offers the possibility to attend the DDL course in the Netherlands. The training course consists of 2 consecutive day classes. 

Course schedule and location

The next opportunities to follow the DDL course are listed below.

Amsterdam DDL

Tuesday 3 December 2019
from 9:00 - 18.00
Full course schedule


The costs for this two-day course is € 1.395,- excluding VAT and exam.

The course material, coffee/tea and lunch are included. The exam can be taken online at a self-chosen time and location. You can find the exam prices and register form at DDI exam information.

Course duration and study effort

The study consists of two consecutive course days. The total study load is 30 to 50 hours for the entire course. The variation in study time depends on the experience and prior knowledge of the candidate.


Each participant of the DDL course receives a certificate of completion from the Demand Driven Institute. In addition to that the participant can contact Demand Driven Institute after the course to plan an exam which is taken from your own computer.

Camera surveillance is in operation during the exam. The exam is in English. After passing the exam the student may use the title DDLP, Demand Driven Leader professional.

This program provides 16 maintenance points for an APICS CPIM, CSCP or CLTD certificate.

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