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DLA Aviation to establish a ‘Pilot’ Planning Organization

By Cathy Hopkins, DLA Aviation Public Affairs
Dec. 1, 2011

DLA Aviation announced its intent to establish a pilot planning organization during an all-hands Town Hall held Nov. 17th in the Lotts Conference Center.  The pilot supports one of the major enablers under Aviation’s fiscal year 2012 priorities – to implement more effective and efficient demand and supply planning. 

DLA Aviation Operational Planning Lead Tim Morefield led an all-hands Town Hall Nov. 17 in the Lotts Conference Center announcing DLA Aviation’s intent to establish a pilot planning organization. (Photo by Jackie Girard)
DLA Aviation Operational Planning Lead Tim Morefield led an all-hands Town Hall Nov. 17 in the Lotts Conference Center announcing DLA Aviation’s intent to establish a pilot planning organization. (Photo by Jackie Girard)

 “This is a prototype effort that will include both demand and supply planning,” said Tim Morefield, DLA Aviation’s Operational Planning Lead.  “It’s being pursued to tackle existing and upcoming planning challenges with more agility and consistency.” The Town Hall briefing, led by Morefield, was the first of many planned communications to create awareness, knowledge, and afford affected employees an opportunity to give input and to get answers to questions or concerns regarding the pilot.

“Planning has always been a tough challenge,” Morefield said. “And, more requirements are coming up with the implementation of Inventory Management and Stock Positioning Spiral II at DLA Aviation’s industrial support activities collocated at the Navy’s Fleet Readiness Centers.”  He explained that the goal moving forward is to achieve greater synergies between the demand and supply planning functions by including both DLA Aviation demand and supply planners in the pilot. 

Morefield explained, “The pilot will focus on achieving consistency in planning basics, evaluating opportunities to do planning at more aggregate levels, and developing workload packages that better align with the Sales and Operations Planning hierarchy.”  He went on to say that specific criteria regarding workload alignment and distribution, leadership priorities, knowledge/skill gaps, and targeted key performance indicators would be used to measure whether the pilot is successful.  The guiding question for success he said is “are we more consistent and agile in driving desired outcomes quicker?”

The pilot is slated to begin late December, first targeting Aviation supply planners, then Aviation demand planners in the March timeframe.  Morefield advised that the timeline may be accelerated. “There are still a lot of decisions to be made,” he reminded the audience.  He then encouraged the work force to provide their input as efforts to initiate the pilot get underway.

“A robust plan for two-way communication on the initiative is in development,” said Steve Denoya, who works in DLA Aviation’s Organization Transformation Branch under the Command Support Directorate.  “It is our desire to keep employees informed as soon as information is available as well as to ensure that the affected employees are an active part of the development, implementation, and success of the pilot.”

Employees interested in listening to the Town Hall may access it via the CISCO Video Portal.  The briefing charts and Q&A from the Town Hall may be accessed in eWorkplace under Aviation’s Internal Documents, Planning Organization Communications.