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The Demand Driven Planner (DDP)™ Program is designed for planning, purchasing and supply chain personnel responsible for implementing and maintaining a DDMRP implementation.  Designed by the leading authorities on DDMRP at the Demand Driven Institute, the Demand Driven Planner program is comprised of 13 modules of in-depth DDMRP education. The DDP Program is THE official preparatory course for the Demand Driven Planner Professional (DDPP)™ certification exam.

Bring the Demand Driven Planner (DDP)™ to your planning and/or purchasing team! If you have a team that wants to explore the DDMRP at a deep technical level, we will send one of our endorsed instructors to you.  Contact us about options.


Official preparatory education for the Demand Driven Planner Professional (DDPP)™ exam.


Fees for each session will vary depending on the hosting organization. To learn more about a session you are interested in click the "Registration Page" link.



Module 1: Planning in the Modern World

  • Part 1: The Precisely Wrong Problem

  • Part 2: The VUCA World

Module 2: The Importance of Flow

  • Part1: It's All About Flow

  • Part 2: Flow as a Common Objective

  • Part 3: An Important Caveat

Module 3: The Power of Decoupling

  • Part 1: A Core Problem

  • Part 2: Introducing Decoupling

  • Part 3: Decoupling the Bullwhip

Module 4: Introducing DDMRP

Module 5: Strategic Inventory Positioning

  • Part 1: Determining Strategic Decoupling Points

  • Part 2: Decoupled Lead Time

  • Part 3: Decoupled Lead Time and the Matrix BOM

Module 6: Distribution Network Positioning

  • Part 1: The Push and Promote Problem

  • Part 2: Hub and Spoke Positioning

Module 7: Buffer Profiles and Levels

  • Part 1: Introducing Decoupling Point Buffers

  • Part 2: Buffer Profiles & Individual Part Properties

  • Part 3: Calculating Buffers

Module 8: Dynamic Buffer Adjustments

  • Part 1: Recalculated Adjustments

  • Part 2: Planned Adjustments


Module 9: Demand Driven Planning

  • Part 1: The Net Flow Equation

  • Part 2: Average On-Hand Range and Target

  • Part 3: DDMRP Supply Order Generation Simulation

  • Part 4: Decoupled Explosion

  • Part 5: Hybrid Fast Mover Supply Order Generation

  • Part 6: Prioritized Share

Module 10: Visible and Collaborative Execution

  • Part 1: Buffer Status Alerts

  • Part 2: Synchronization Alerts

Module 11: Tactical Planning & Operational Scheduling With DDMRP

  • Part 1: Relevant Ranges

  • Part 2: DDMRP & Tactical Capability Planning

  • Part 3: DDMRP & Operational Scheduling

  • Part 4: DDMRP & the Basic Scheduling Assumptions

Module 12: Adapting the DDMRP Model (DDS&OP)

  • Part 1: An Introduction to Demand Driven S&OP

  • Part 2: DDMRP Tactical Review

  • Part 3: DDMRP Tactical Projections

  • Part 4: DDMRP Model Reconfiguration

  • Part 5: DDMRP Tactical Exploitation

  • Part 6: DDMRP Strategic Recommendation

  • Part 7: DDMRP Strategic Projection

Module 13: Program Summary


The official texts of the DDP are:


Program attendees should consider reviewing Precisely Wrong – Why Conventional Planning Fails and How to Fix It (Ptak and Smith, Industrial Press, 2017)

Program attendees should visit the DDMRP - All in One Page on this website.

Program attendees should review the Demand Driven Institute Dictionary.

The official DDP textbooks


The Demand Driven Planner™ program qualifies for 16 professional development points towards ASCM certificate maintenance.



Staying Up To Date

DDI programs keep giving you value.  Anyone that has attended a Demand Driven Planner Program can:

  1. Watch the latest recorded online version of the program conducted by Carol Ptak and Chad Smith,

  2. Take a sample DDPP exam comprised of 10 questions,

  3. Watch a video tutorial of how to solve the sample test questions. 

You must request access to the recordings through the DDP Video Recording Access form.  All fields are required.  Once your DDP participation has been verified you will receive rights to access DDP content at no charge through our OnDemand membership section.

**Please create a DDI membership account before requesting video access.  To create a membership account simply hit the "Login/Signup" button at the top of this page**

DDP Benefits and Recording Access is intended solely for people who have taken the DDL Program. 


The Demand Driven Planner (DDP)™ Program is official preparatory education for the Demand Driven Planner Professional (DDPP)™.  The Demand Driven Planner Professional (DDPP)™ is a professional endorsement certification offered by the Demand Driven Institute, the global authority for Demand Driven education, training, certification and compliance.  The DDPP™ is earned by an individual who can apply the demand driven concepts, analyze an environment and evaluate an environment using the Demand Driven Material Requirements Planning (DDMRP) methodology. For more information on the DDPP endorsement certification process visit the Demand Driven Planner Professional (DDPP)™ page.


Demand Driven Planner and its logo are trademarks of the Demand Driven Institute.  Demand Driven Planner Professional and its logo are trademarks of the Demand Driven Institute.

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