Focus Workshop - Master Scheduling

One-day Workshop

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Sales and operations (S&OP) plans deal with aggregate planning values, such as product families and productive resources, extending over long-range planning horizons. In contrast, master scheduling deals with the actual end-products or finished goods that he company makes and sells, planned over the medium-term time frame. The master schedule is the translation of the sales and operations plan into specific products with their quantities and timing determined.

This one-day workshop will focus on the master scheduling foundations and processes.

Master Scheduling Foundations

Master Scheduling Foundations discusses the steps necessary to convert the production plan for product families coming from sales and operations planning (S&OP) into a schedule of end products. Topics discussed:

  • Major influences on master scheduling
  • Fundamental calculation and techniques used in developing the master schedule
  • Using order promising, time fences and zones
  • Generating MPS planned replenishment orders.


Master Scheduling Processes

Master Scheduling Processes continues the discussion on master scheduling with a review of the role and activities performed by the master scheduler. The discussion on master schedule management will center on the various steps necessary for effective schedule maintenance. Topics discussed:

  • Demand orders
  • Time fences
  • Planned orders
  • Safety stock
  • Action messages
  • Rough-cut capacity planning management
  • Performance measurements used to determine the effectiveness of the master scheduler in schedule maintenance.


Source:            Principles of Operations Planning, sessions 8 & 9

Potential Audience

This workshop may be of interest to: master schedulers, material planners, production planners, materials coordinators, buyers, middle management.


A general understanding of manufacturing is preferred.


Participant guides will be provided.

Recommended reading (optional – will not be used during the workshop):

  • Introduction to Materials Management, 7th edition Arnold, Chapman, Clive
  • APICS Dictionary, 14th edition

Both books are available for purchase through the chapter.


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