In this step, you specify the reduction strategy to be used when
the reduction measures are carried out. **
Scheduling** reduces the **
lead_time** automatically if the basic dates given are
not adhered to, that is if the scheduled dates lie outside the
basic dates.

In this work step, you also define the reduction levels. The reduction takes place level by level no further than the level that you have specified in the control parameters.

You can specify a reduction strategy in every operation.

- Reduction strategies

You use the reduction strategies to
determine how the operation lead time can be reduced step by step.
You can enter a reduction strategy in every operation.

- Reduction levels

You can define up to six reduction
levels for each reduction strategy. For every reduction level you
can enter what is to be reduced and by how much.

**Note**

The SAP system reduces step by step no further than the reduction level that is specified in the control parameters.

**Standard settings**

The reduction levels are predefined in the SAP standard package.

**Activities**

1. You should define the reduction
strategies.

2. You should define the reduction
levels for all the reduction strategies.