Grab a Beer, Grab a Bite, Socialize, and Participate In This Fun and Interactive Supply Chain Management Game!
What Is The Beer Game?
The Beer Distribution Game (The Beer Game) is a simulation game created by a group of professors at MIT Sloan School of Management in early 1960s as part of Jay Forrester’s research on industrial dynamics. The purpose is to clarify the advantages of taking an integrated approach to managing the supply chain; it particularly demonstrates the value of sharing information across the various supply chain components. The game portrays the production and distribution of beer through a supply chain.
What Will You Experience By Participating in The Beer Game?
Participants are responsible for meeting demand for Lewis' Beer through its supply chain consisting of four sectors: Retailer, Wholesaler, Distributor, and the Lewis' Brewery. Participants will be engaged in one of these sectors trying to maximize their operations. Each player has good local information, but limited global information. Players keep records of their inventory, backlog, and orders placed with their supplier each week. Acting independently, players realize that their success is ultimately dependent upon their upstream and downstream supply chain partners. Participants learn that by coordinating information among supply chain partners increases supply chain throughput; thereby, creating lower inventories and greater cash flow for each partner.
The traditional Beer Game experience has supply chain partners with unlimited capacity. In this Theory of Constraints (TOC) version, participants operate in the real world where their ability to operate in a supply chain is impacted by both dependent and independent variability. Based on statistical variation (Six Sigma), each player rolls the dice to determine what they are capable of producing that day. The game is deceptively simple. All you have to do is meet customer demand and order enough beer from your supplier to keep your inventory low while avoiding costly backlogs. Yet the results are surprising!
Lessons Learned From The Beer Game?
The structure of a system influences behavior. Systems cause their own problems, not external forces or individual errors.
- Supply Chain Partners focus on their own decisions and ignore how these decisions affect others.
- Partners do not understand how their actions affect others so they blame each other for problems.
- The problems build gradually, so companies don't realize there is a problem until it’s too late.
- Suppliers learn that an integrated approach to supply chain management benefits all partners.
This is a great exercise to develop team building skills while gaining awareness of key principles in supply chain management!
Seating is Limited! We, therefore, cannot guarantee that groups from the same organization will participate on the same date. We can provide additional dates to accommodate interested parties. For larger groups, this exercise can be provided on-site at your facility.
Information and Registration
Date: Thursday, December 15th
Time: 5:45 pm - 9:00 pm.
Location: Red Brick Station
8149 Honeygo Blvd
White Marsh, MD. 21236
Certification Maintenance Points: 3
(Heavy appetizers are provided. Cash bar.)
Course Fee: $79 (members)/ $89 (non-members) per participant.
Group Discount: Register 3 or more people and registration is only $69 per person!!!
Credit Card Payment: Please fill out the online registration form below at least 1 day before class begins.
Payment By Check: Please RSVP with the instructor 1 day prior to class. Payment is due the first night of class. Make checks payable to “APICS Baltimore Chapter”.
5:45 - 6:30: Registration, Networking, and Grab a Beer (or wine) and a Bite (Appetizers provided. Cash bar.)
6:30 - 7:15: Round One of the Beer Game
7:15 - 7:45: Round Two of the Beer Game
7:45 - 8:30: Round Three of the Beer Game
8:30 - 9:00: Wrap up and Networking
Refunds and Cancellations: Refunds are permitted up to one week in advance of the course start date.
For questions or to register please contact the course instructor:
For information or to RSVP Contact:
Todd N. Sabin, CPIM, CSCP
Master APICS Instructor
VP of Education, APICS Baltimore Chapter