Industry Spotlight-Distribution Supply Chain
Contributed by Scott Casstevens, PMP, M.S.
(reprinted with permission - originally published Jan 2018)
This is the first in a series of articles that focus on Project Management in different industries. This month’s spotlight is on wholesale distribution supply chain in the grocery industry. Scott Casstevens, Business Analysis Group Manager, provides us with a vignette of the Project Manager/Business Analysis role at Associated Grocers of New England.
Because grocery distribution is a low profit margin industry, the roles of Business Analysis (BA) and Project Management (PM) are tightly integrated. The BA requires fluency in both disciplines and methodologies. BAs at Associated Grocers research solutions to problems and technology options for the senior team, then lead the implementation using Agile or Waterfall processes. BAs architect the project in every detail, making implementation easier and risks easily identifiable.