I have already seen many threads on this space asking for books to study production planning, therefore, I have decided to share here the books that I consider more relevant on this area.
Starting with the SAP Press “official” books, we can find some intersting topics abou production planning.
If you are just starting to learn production planning and you would like to learn a little bit about process before a deep dive into the technical aspects, a good book to start is The Goal. It is and easy reading book, as it is written as a novel and it provides an overview about the theory of constraints. You can find more details about this book on The Goal Summary &amp; Book Review – Theory of Constraints Institute.
Another book that provides an overview of production planning and that may be interesting for someone starting on this area is Fundamentals of Production Planning and Control – Stephen N. Chapman.
A classic book about production planning is Toyota Production System, written by Taiichi Ohno. He is nothing else than the inventor of the Toyota Production System and Lean manufacturing.
You can also find several suggestions of books about this topic on the link Production Planning.com – Latest in Production Planning and Scheduling.
Now considering SAP Press official books, Uwe Goehring, who is a regular contributor of the SAP ERP Manufacturing – Production Planning (SAP PP) space recently wrote the book Materials Planning with SAP. von Uwe Goehring – by SAP PRESS, which provides an overview of Materials Planning on the ERP system. I did not read the book yet, but considering the quality of the content published bu Uwe on SCN, I’m quite sure that it is worth the price.
The SAP Press e-bite Running SAP MRP on SAP HANA | How-To Guide – by SAP PRESS also covers the new MRP topics, such as MRP on HANA, MRP Live, simplified MRP scenarios on S/4 HANA and Fiori Apps.
Another interesting book about PP is Production Planning and Control with SAP ERP. von Jaw – by SAP PRESS. It is more focused on production control and provides an overview about discrete, repetitive and process manufacturing types on the SAP ECC.
SAP Press also publshed the e-book Configuring Kanban in SAP ERP MM and PP – SAP PRESS, which is more specific about the Kanban functionality.
Uwe Goehring also suggested the book Factory Physics: Wallace J. Hopp, Mark L. Spearman and below you can find his testimonial about this book:
‘It’s a text book and very scientific (not really light reading) and I had to try very hard to keep on reading. But it is very, very useful and provides a solid understanding about the dynamics of manufacturing systems. I consider this understanding absolute necessary for any consultant who wants to help their customers to make more use of SAP’s production scheduling module and generally supply chain management. A good way to get into the inner workings of Factory Physics is through the lighter version written by Ed Pound: Factory Physics for Managers”
At last, there are the official SAP trainings, and the related documentation. Take a look on the following links for more details:
SCM130 – SAP ERP Planning & Manufacturing Overview
SCM240 – Production Planning in ERP
SCM310 – Production Orders in ERP
TSCM40 – Planning/Manufacturing I
TSCM42 – Planning/Manufacturing II
If you know any other interesting book about this topic, please share it on the comments and I’ll add to the list.