On 28 September, INCOSE India Chapter conducted 7th Pune Circle event at SKP Consultancy, Pune. The event was attended by several industry professionals from different organizations around Pune. The event started with presentation about SKP consultancy by Mr. Lalit Kathpalia followed by introduction to INCOSE India and its functions by Stueti Gupta, president INCOSE India Chapter.
The highlight of the event was "Beer Distribution Game" which is a simulation of dynamics in supply chain. Initially, details of beer distribution game were explained to the attendees. There were 3 teams and every team had 4 members playing different roles - Factory, Distributor, Wholesaler and Retailer. Nikhil Joshi, Secretary INCOSE India Chapter, guided through the game during the session. During the game every participant was simulating supply chain activities like checking demand, fulfilling the order, logging deficit and placing orders. As the game proceeded week by week in simulation, it did not take very long to realize the complexity created by simple delays added in the system.
Post-game discussions revealed some interesting learning and takeaways. Major being the Bullwhip effect. Amazingly every team felt the same bullwhip effect - a small change in demand at retailer end created drastically big changes at further levels in the supply chain.
Throughout the game the energy level of participants was high and everyone was engaged in the game. The event concluded with networking over hi-tea.