Supply Chain Management For Dummies

Supply Chain Management For Dummies by Daniel Stanton

Supply Management is all about having your cake and eating it too.

The tips are very helpful. For example looking at a higher priced supplier for a small volume as your insurance policy.

Risk management is shown as a major way of capturing value in uncertain times.

Ayer’s 5 Tasks of Supply Chain

MIT Scenario Planning Toolkit

System Dynamics by Jay Forrester

Insightmaker for a custom system dynamics model.



Agile Scrum

Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with step-by-step instructions

by Scott M Graffius

Agility is needed at all levels of strategy, supply chain management as well as product development.

Scrum is an agile framework which focuses on velocity and continuous improvement.

Graffius provides a quick introduction to the whole process of Scrum starting with vision, product goals, product backlog, scrum planning, daily scrum, scrum review, restrospective and so on.

There is a colorful, engaging graphic that shows all these above steps and its prerequisites and details which makes an entry at the beginning of every chapter.

Each chapter has a neat list of things involved at each step. No big paragraphs, just the essentials. It is very conducive to application. This book is the notes you would make after reading a manual sort of book.

The book has just enough pages to give you all you need to start off with scrum. You have to appreciate the lean book.

I am not surprised that it is an award winning book.

To know more about the book, visit Agile Scrum Guide









Greater transparency of shipment movements


The Living Supply Chain

The LIVING Supply Chain: The Evolving Imperative of Operating in Real Time 1st Edition

Research Links

Purchasing and Supply Chain Management 6th Edition by Robert M. Monczka 

First Supply Chain Management book according to the author

Introduction to Operations and Supply Chain Management

Why Flex is going beyond its manufacturing roots?

Capability Supply Chain Management

Trophic cascades

Flywheel effect Vs Bullwhip effect

Control towers in supply chain

situation room at Flex

3PL vs 4PL

Nonrelational  database in supply chain by Elementum

Nexus Supplier Index

Hidden Suppliers can make or break your operations.

ASU study on Honda suppliers

Federated supply chain


“Banking is necessary, Banks are not” – Bill Gates

Why Innovation must be purpose driven?


My Plastic brain

The alpha burst is a “brain blink” that briefly cuts off visual inputs to the brain to reduce distraction.

My Plastic Brain: One Woman’s Yearlong Journey to Discover If Science Can Improve Her Mind by Caroline Williams is a year long study on what one can do to improve their brain. I say brain even though the title says mind. There is an importance to the is mind same as the brain question.
The author subjects herself to many studies in lab, training, tests to measure her improvement. It is telling when the author shares her approach and quandary. “I’m in two minds: the working-memory training made it very clear that life is too short to force yourself to do something you hate in the hope that it might improve your brain skills, but on the other hand the face-clicking has proven to be useful and worth the daily investment of time”. Time too which is very murky, how our brain interprets the passage of time, mapping of space.
The author has gone by the functions we most commonly use our brain for. You learn how to run your brain in a zone so it can get into the creative flow. Here the ‘override brain’ concept is introduced. Now I understand the friendly advice of writers to upcoming writers to read a lot which puts the readers into a hypofrontality mode conducive to the ‘aha’ moments of creativity.
The author introduces the readers to many concepts deftly. Many researches are pointed to which are good springboards for readers who want to know more on the subjects for exa egocentric vs allocentric space mapping methods.
The author finds that contemplation or self-awareness of the mental states or meditation is one of the ways to control her anxious mind. She also finds that our brains abilities are limitless.
You leave the book with a great appreciation for this thing called ‘brain’ which we all own and how to use it better.

Research Links

I achieve Hypofrontality through reading.

Feelspace belt

Feelspace tactile navigation

Egocentric Vs Allocentric mode of spatial coding.

Place and Grid cells in spatial mapping won Nobel Prize.

Alpha brain blink





Survivor Diaries Avalanche!

If you are skiing off-piste (a term I just learnt, something like the free-style in hiking where you are off-trail and on your own with cairns left by helpful people like you to lead you) you need an Avalanche Safety Kit.

An avalanche air-bag like the below could save you.

Glop stopper wax which “temporarily improves the glide of your skins while adding a waterproof barrier to help prevent snow from sticking. ”

You need a beacon as well as Avalanche probe

You should learn how to build a quinzee.


//“>The Wolverine Way by Douglas Chadwick