Books for the Practicing Professional

    Occasionally, a book will come to our attention that would benefit any of our practicing professionals. When it does, we will share it here: book recommendation link.

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    Here in the Northeast, ASCM Danbury Professional Forum is fortunate enough to have several ASCM member authors who have written books pertinent to our profession.

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    Sometimes The Most Important Requirement For A Project Is Courage: A Cautionary Tale Of Project Management

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    Available on Kindle and in Paperback on Amazon

    In 2002, a major IBM Division performed a significant upgrade to their SAP system. It was a failure. In 2004, another IBM Division would move ahead with its project to execute the same upgrade. This story is about that project and why it succeeded. It’s a tale of discovery, good project management, and the professional courage of a small team of individuals who had to take the heat, cover each other’s backs, and deliver for the business.

    About the Author - John H. Capron CPIM

    J. H. Capron (John) built a 43-year career in manufacturing, planning, IT development, and consulting. He's certified as a CPIM. He's a frequent ASCM speaker and is the current VP of Information for our forum.

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    APICS CSCP Exam Success: A Guide to Achieving Certification on Your First Attempt

    Howard Forman Book

    Available in Paperback on Amazon

    As the need for global supply chain professionals continues to grow, the desire for individuals who have earned their Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) credential has become a key employer requirement and differentiator. This unique study guide, used in conjunction with the APICS CSCP Learning System and Exam Content Manual, presents key terminology, concepts, exercises, calculations, and practice exam questions certification candidates need to pass the CSCP exam on their first attempt.

    About the Authors - Howard Forman and David Forman

    David Forman, CSCP, CLTD, is Senior Manager, Business Projects at Crestron Electronics, a global technology company. He is also a Senior Associate, Instructor, and Courseware Developer for PIM Associates. Howard Forman, CPIM-F, CSCP, CLTD, is President of PIM Associates Inc. He has more than 35 years of experience in supply chain management, operations management, production and inventory management, business process improvement, lean, and project management as a practitioner, consultant, and educator. Prior to establishing his own firm, he worked for several leading consulting firms, including Coopers & Lybrand, KPMG, and Grant Thornton.

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    Supply Chain Construction: The Basics for Networking the Flow of Material, Information, and Cash (Resource Management)

    Supply Chain Construction: The Basics for Networking the Flow of Material, Information, and Cash (Resource Management)

    Available in Hardcover and e-Textbook on Amazon

    All too often, entrepreneurs start small businesses unaware of their need for a supply chain network. And, large companies are acquired and their product lines merged with little regard for supply chain network integration and rationalization. Written for practitioners by a practitioner with 40 years of experience, Supply Chain Construction: The Basics for Networking the Flow of Material, Information, and Cash presents an integrated, comprehensive blueprint for building and/or rebuilding an end-to-end supply chain. Emphasizing flexibility and strength, the book explores optimal ways to withstand product evolution, contingencies, organizational life cycles, and disasters for the long haul.

    Each chapter begins with a storyline describing the interpersonal relationships and intrapersonal conflicts that attend change. This is followed by a logical sequence of checklists, diagrams, maps, mathematical models, and spreadsheets for each topic. The author presents a 20-step blueprint that defines the supply chain network container and its product contents and includes example applications of the blueprint to nontraditional businesses found in small to medium-sized companies. He also includes decision factor charts for selecting the right suppliers, factories, and distributors; comprehensive examples of both forward and reverse supply chain network construction; and detailed explanations of inbound, mid bound, and outbound logistics considerations.

    Just as a surgeon performing a delicate operation needs to understand the consequences of cutting into an intersection of the body’s internal organs, you, the supply chain practitioner, need to understand the consequences of cutting into an intersection of a network’s material flow, information flow, and cash flow. Covering the practical issues of highly integrated networks woven together by corporate relationships and enabled by information technology, this book shows you how to systematically build and/or rebuild a robust supply chain that not only ensures growth but also solidifies the future of your company as a whole.

    About the Author - William T. Walker

    William T. Walker, CFPIM, CIRM, CSCP retired as Director of Supply Chain at StarTrak Information Technologies, LLC after 40+ years of practitioner experience in engineering, materials, purchasing, operations, supply chain architecture with Hewlett-Packard, Agilent Technologies, and Siemens Building Technology. Bill wrote the book Supply Chain Architecture: A Blueprint for Networking the Flow of Material, Information, and Cash. He now teaches supply chain engineering at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Bill is an APICS Fellow holding lifetime certifications, a past APICS E&R Foundation President, and a past APICS Society VP of Education. His BSEE and MSIE degrees are from Lehigh University.

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    Supply Chain Networks and Business Process Orientation: Advanced Strategies and Best Practices (Resource Management)

    Supply Chain Networks and Business Process Orientation: Advanced Strategies and Best Practices (Resource Management)

    Available in Hardcover and e-Textbook on Amazon

    With future competitive landscape shifting from competition between companies themselves to trading partner networks, understanding and mastering process design and change is becoming more critical than ever. In order to succeed, companies are starting to weave their key business processes into hard-to-imitate strategic capabilities that distinguish them from their competitors. Supply Chain Networks and Business Process Orientation: Advanced Strategies and Best Practices will help you "connect the dots" by offering insights on how to achieve greater integration within your supply chain networks and realize the performance possible with today's interaction economics.

    Based on exhaustive research of supply chains and newly successful networked corporations in the US and Europe, the authors demonstrate how your company can be successful in building an effective supply chain network. Prescriptive benchmarking models illustrate proven strategies, tactics, and methods for achieving a superior level of supply chain performance.

    About the Authors - William T. Walker, Kevin P. McCormack, William C. Johnson

    William T. Walker, CFPIM, CIRM, CSCP retired as Director of Supply Chain at StarTrak Information Technologies, LLC after 40+ years of practitioner experience in engineering, materials, purchasing, operations supply chain architecture with Hewlett-Packard, Agilent Technologies, and Siemens Building Technology. Bill wrote the book Supply Chain Architecture: A Blueprint for Networking the Flow of Material, Information, and Cash. He now teaches supply chain engineering at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Bill is an APICS Fellow holding lifetime certifications, a past APICS E&R Foundation President, and a past APICS Society VP of Education. His BSEE and MSIE degrees are from Lehigh University.

    Kevin P. McCormack, MBA, Ph.D., has over 25 years of business leadership and consulting experience in manufacturing, high tech, and information technology services industries in the United States and Europe. He holds engineering and chemistry degrees from Purdue University, an M.B.A., and a doctorate in business administration. He is president of DRK Research and Consulting, LLC.

    William C. Johnson, Ph.D., is a Full Professor of Marketing at Nova Southeastern University's Huizenga Graduate School of Business and Entrepreneurship. Johnson earned his Ph.D. in business from Arizona State University in 1985.

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    Current Book Recommendation for the Practicing Professional - Posted March 2021

    Coming Back: How to Win the Job You Want When You've Lost the Job You Need

     

    COMING BACK: HOW TO WIN THE JOB YOU WANT WHEN YOU'VE LOST THE JOB YOU NEED

    Available on Kindle and in Hardcover on Amazon

    Coming Back shows how you can save a career if still employed or get one back if cast out. Fawn Germer, one of the nation’s most popular leadership experts and global motivational speakers, has personally interviewed more than three hundred CEOs, senior executives, professors, lawyers, organizational experts, industry leaders, and professionals. The result is a tactical, tough-love call to action: to learn, re-tool, connect, grow, and get ready to work again.

    About the Author - Fawn Germer

    Fawn Germerhas interviewed more of the nation's most accomplished leaders and trailblazers than any other speaker. She is a four-time Pulitzer-nominated journalist who wrote for The Miami Herald, The Washington Post, and U.S. News and World Report. She is one of the nation's most sought-after keynote speakers, and her recent clients include Kraft, NASA, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Co., State Farm, 3M, GlaxoSmithKline, Accenture, SAP, PepsiCo, FritoLay and many, many others.

    Fawn is based in Clearwater, Fla. but travels internationally, teaching people how to embrace their power and deliver more courageous and creative performance. She is one of America's most sought-after keynote speakers on leadership.