How can project managers protect supply chains?

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 By Jack Nevison

No logistics company owner wants to be surprised by unexpected supply chain disruptions. But, according to a recent post on the Harvard Business Review blog, 75 percent of companies are "blind-sided" by these kinds of events.

Catherine Viglas, president of CITT, argues that this is unacceptable and, most importantly, avoidable. Speaking with Truck News, she said that the vast majority of supply chain disruptions are "predictable."

"The lack of predictability is actually predictable," she said. "Modern, global logistics is more complicated than many executives appreciate. Major disruptions happen all the time. Able logistics pros handle them. And they make it look easy. They quietly solve these kinds of big problems with their teams all the time. They're unsung corporate heroes."

Viglas argues that businesses must invest in "planning, preparation and practice" to avoid many of the pitfalls that lead to supply chain disruptions, such as "political upheaval, extreme weather phenomena and natural disasters."

Project managers in charge of supply chain operations at shipping companies should focus on a "comprehensive, specialized logistics education," she added. Ultimately, however, managers need to be prepared for any eventuality. That's where New Leaf Project Management can help.

New Leaf's program, "Managing Risk & Making Decisions," will show you how to manage likely risks and mitigate the less likely ones. In addition, we offer a number of ways to earn affordable and convenient PDUs for your PMP® recertification requirements, including the QPM™ series of estimating games.

Ultimately, New Leaf can help you improve your skills and protect your supply chains from the avoidable disruptions.

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