One of my multiple volunteer activities involves being a member of the Association of Operations Management (APICS) Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) Examination Review Committee.

For those readers not familiar with the exam, candidates have the opportunity to be tested and certified on a broad range of supply chain management competencies.  Our committee meets about two to three times per year, to review feedback and results from previous exams, and to work on revised areas for testing.  I was nominated to this committee based on my previous background in supply chain information systems which I acquired both as a noted supply chain industry analyst, as well as working at a number of very large and smaller supply chain software providers including Oracle and SAP.

The October meeting also brings together all of the other APICS certification exam committees, including those involving inventory, operations and production scheduling exam areas. The APICS management team brings together all of these teams once a year to communicate strategic direction, and potential new initiatives.

One of the areas I’m especially interested in is the newly released Supply Chain Manager Competency Model that was published in August.  This is a rather detailed description or guideline of broad-based skills required in mastering supply chain management, and can be downloaded from the APICS web site.  I hope to get a better understanding of this model, and will pen a future posting on my impressions of this model.

While in Chicago, I’m also planning to have dinner with my fellow blogger Jason Bush, who is the primary author of the Spend Matters blog, which is noted on this site’s Blog Roll.  Jason and I have known each other for many years, and often run into each other at various supply chain events, and discuss various supply chain trends and developments.  Whereas Jason was the first to introduce serious blogging to the supply chain world by coining the “Matters” blog tag, he has been very gracious to allow me to foster Supply Chain “Matters” moniker, to which I am grateful.

Bob Ferrari