The Churn and People of S&OP and IBP
I have been involved in the development of S&OP and IBP since the mid-80s. Despite S&OP/IBP never being a meeting, or even once the ‘5-Step’ process was developed a series of meetings, I have heard many people refer to ‘their S&OP meeting’. S&OP was not, and IBP definitely is not, a supply chain process. They are integrated business planning processes. The process is a continuous process that takes place in a monthly cycle every day of the month. The now ‘6’ reviews form the backbone of the process which are connected by what I have described as the ’churn’.