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DDP™ Program Participant Counter: 11,064 (updated 05/16/23)

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

Join the 10,000+ people around the world that have taken the Demand Driven Planner (DDP)™ program.


The program is available in TEN different languages!


Bring the Demand Driven Planner program to your company!

If you have a team that wants to explore DDMRP together, we will come to you.  Contact us about options.


DDI has teamed up with Fox Valley Technical college to offer a new way to experience the Demand Driven Planner (DDP) program.  This option is perfect for individuals looking for a more structured and guided learning experience in a fully accredited academic setting AND for college credit.  Learn more about this offer.

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About the DDP

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


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.


Note: Each participant of the DDP will receive a certificate of completion from the Demand Driven Institute.

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Staying Up To Date

Our 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 complimentary 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 Recording Access is intended solely for people who have taken the DDP Program. 

Scheduled DDP Programs

Scheduled DDP programs

Online Version

the Online DDP Program with carol ptak & chad smith

INSTRUCTORS: This program is personally taught by Chad Smith and Carol Ptak, Co-founders of the Demand Driven Institute.

DELIVERY METHOD: The program will be delivered online via GoTo Meeting. Upon registering the participant will receive a GoTo Meeting link and calendar
invite for all sessions. Course material will be provided through the DDI membership section.  EACH SESSION IS RECORDED AND MADE AVAILABLE TO COURSE REGISTRANTS through the DDI membership section.

SCHEDULE: The program is broken into 8 sessions over 8 contiguous weeks. Each session will be delivered once per week at 8:00 to 10:00 OR 17:00 to 19:00. ALL TIMES ARE IN THE PACIFIC TIME ZONE (Los Angeles time).

NEXT PROGRAM: Starts February 7th, 2023.  There are additional online options in several languages available on the schedule on this page.

If English is not your native language, you can take the online version of the Demand Driven Planner (DDP)™ Program  in many different languages! Check the DDP calendar above for session in your language.

DDP Course Preparation

DDP course preparation

The official text of the DDP is Demand Driven Material Requirements Planning V3 (Ptak and Smith, Industrial Press 2019)


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.

DDP Course Content

ddp course content

Module 1: Planning in the Modern World

  • The MRP Revolution

  • Evidence of a Problem

  • The New Normal (VUCA World)


Module 2: The Importance of Flow

  • Plossl’s First Law

  • Flow’s Importance in Industry

  • Plossl’s Law Caveat

  • The Bullwhip Effect


Module 3: Unlocking a Solution - Decoupling 

Module 4: Becoming Demand Driven

  • “MRP versus Lean” Conflict

  • What “Demand Driven” Really Means

  • The Demand Driven Operating Model

  • Demand Driven MRP Intro


Module 5: Strategic Inventory Positioning

  • Six Positioning Factors

  • Decoupled Lead time

  • Matrix Bill of Material Analyses


Module 6: Distribution Network Positioning

  • Unique Distribution Positioning Factors

  • Demand Driven Versus Push and Promote

  • Positioning across a supply chain


Module 7: Buffer Profiles and Levels

  • Inventory – Asset or Liability?

  • Buffer Profiles

  • Buffer Zones

  • Calculating Buffer Levels

Module 8: Dynamic Buffer Adjustments

  • Recalculated Adjustments

  • Planned Adjustments

  • Manual Adjustments

  • Factors for Planning Adjustment Factors

Module 9: Demand Driven Planning

  • Part Planning Designations

  • DDMRP Planning Process

  • Supply Order Generation for Stocked Items

  • DDDRP Supply Order Generation Considerations

  • DDMRP Simulation

  • Supply Generation for Non-Stocked Items

  • Decoupled Explosion

  • Prioritized Share


 Module 10: Highly Visible and Collaborative Execution

  • Challenging Priority by Due Date

  • Buffer Status Alerts

  • Synchronization Alerts

  • Execution Collaboration 

Module 11: DDMRP and the Operational Environment

  • DDMRP Strategic Buffer Criteria

  • DDMRP Versus Safety Stock

  • DDMRP Versus Order Point

  • DDMRP and Scheduling

  • DDMRP and WIP Priority Management

  • Compare/Contrast MRP, Lean and DDMRP 

Module 12: Demand Driven Sales and Operations Planning

  • Demand Driven S&OP (DDS&OP)

  • DDMRP Analytics

  • Master Settings Changes and Model Improvement

  • DDS&OP Strategic Protection

Module 13: Program Summary

  • Program Summary

  • Expected Benefits of DDMRP

  • Get Started with DDMRP

Achieving DDPP™ Certification

Achieving DDPp Certification

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 is a trademark of the Demand Driven Institute.  Demand Driven Planner Professional and its logo is a trademark of the Demand Driven Institute.

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