Multi Level Planning is at the heart of the ELP management system tools and methodologies.
It orchestrates a process of change that is rooted in the reconciliation of a planning approach based on budgets, workloads and deadlines with the needs of a modern approach that requires increased agility in the implementation of projects.
Resource capacities help to connect levels
Thanks to Multi Level Planning, disputes between waterfall and agile promoters remain in the past. In fact, if the plans for each level remain guided by project priorities and constraints coming from higher levels, the constraints were defined according to the real capacities available to the lower levels.
Each level also has, within the envelope of objectives assigned to it, autonomy in the choice of means and processes that will enable it to achieve its objectives.
Decisions circulate almost instantaneously
The cascade of PDCA-type cycles, coupled with various advanced planning and information consolidation techniques, make it possible to circulate decisions almost instantaneously from the top of the company to the operational levels, and back, with a view of consolidating progress and budget consumption.
The right decisions can therefore be taken more quickly and on the basis of more reliable data. The agility that is required at the operational level thus goes all the way up to the top of the company.
Complexity remains “hidden inside”
By being handled on an IT level, the complexity of multi level management is reduced considerably. This makes it possible to lighten the management structure and make the most of the company’s capabilities, while accelerating the production of dashboards and advanced analytics, as well as combating the rise of psychosocial illnesses, such as burn-outs.
Last but not least, thanks to Multi Level Planning, S&OP processes become the driving force behind the company’s Supply Chain. A Supply Chain that can function optimally in both directions of the supply and demand relationship, thus enabling the company to become more opportunistic commercially and less dependent on market hazards.