Unique Scheduling Solutions

The Search for a Common Format: Why “Generic” is a Good Thing

A generic scheduling format is the way to go. Here’s why: A domain scheduler is designed and implemented for a particular application area.  Here are a few examples : Service schedulers have trucks, technicians, test equipment, and “calls.” Medical schedulers have physicians, nurses, labs, operating rooms and instruments and appointments. Event schedulers have conference rooms, ballrooms, dining […]

Five Steps to Successful Scheduling

If you are a schedule builder or you maintain a schedule as revisions become necessary, you can do this exercise. Try to keep track of the types of decisions you are making;  my hunch is that you’ll probably come up with a list something like this: Decide how to define the activities that are to […]

Pardon the Interruption

The community of scheduling practitioners has spoken. And the message is loud and clear. Some activities that need to be worked into a schedule  take longer than one work shift–hey might even take longer than a week! Thus, any scheduling software must be able to accommodate interruptions. For example: My printing presses shut down at 5:30 each […]

An Important new functional capability in the FAST scheduler

Most operations have down times that are standard. Examples are overnights, weekends, and holidays. The functions of the organization are on hold during those times, so a schedule should not place any activities on the timeline during those intervals. However, some activities can be interrupted temporarily and resumed when the down times are over. Others […]

The Best of Both Worlds

It’s the age-old question: Which is better, man or machine? When it comes to scheduling, the answer is both! A few years ago, a research group looked at problems that could best be solved by combining tasks between people and machines. It turns out that people are very good at scheduling small problems because they […]