Unique Scheduling Solutions

Do You Really Need to Save Seconds in Scheduling? YES!

Want to know how to translate a second into dollars? It all comes down to calculating your scheduling down to the second. Many applications don’t even use minutes to compute schedules. They use time “buckets” of five- or 15-minute intervals–or even hours or days. You’ll see this “buckets of time” approach most commonly in spreadsheet-type […]

The Evolution of Scheduling

If you’ve ever watched Jimmy Fallon do any of his Evolution of Dance bits, you’ll notice a couple things: We Americans started out simple, moving our bodies out of necessity with a basic step-touch, then curiously to more complex moves to accommodate more complicated beats (hello, Break Dancing), and we’ve ultimately swung back to a […]

The Pillars of Success (and Making the Case for Having an ATP Calculator Handy)

If the old proverb “Necessity is the mother of invention,” then surely the need to provide accurate promise dates is the mother of finite capacity scheduling. It’s absolutely true. Let’s start with the basics: Any good business analyst will tell you that success often rests on these three pillars: A quality product; A fair price; […]

The ABCs of Scheduling: A Return to the Basics:

Previously, in this BLOG, we have discussed the subtleties of various scheduling applications. A good app must accommodate many capabilities—some obvious, some not-so-obvious. That said, let’s review the basic capabilities that should be at the heart of any scheduling app. These are the core features that form the framework onto which detailed capabilities can be attached. Let’s take it […]

Flexible and Accommodating: Can Your Scheduler Do That?

It’s all very simple when you explain your manufacturing process to your mother/neighbor/in-laws, right? And it is–normally. You manufacture widgets. Normally, a widget run produces two dozen widgets. The five-step process goes something like this: Set-up the widget-making machines Perform step A Perform step B Perform step C Take-down and clean the machines This process, […]

May The Force Be with You!

The question here is a good one: How do you make the impossible, possible? Recently, a product producer wanted the capability to “force” a production sequence onto an already heavily-loaded schedule. This request was motivated by the desire to satisfy his customer’s delivery date despite the fact that his scheduler said the product couldn’t be […]

Decision Support Versus Decision-Making: A Trap for Schedulers

We all love automation. How can we not? Our coffee makers brew our morning joe at the exact temperature we prefer each morning, we have a customized news feed in the palm of our hands to bring us only the genres of news we like to see—in fact, we have nearly every daily function we […]

You Can’t Steer the Ship by Looking at Its Wake: When ERP Is Not Enough

Don’t buy an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system expecting it to be a complete management decision-support tool. If producing something is the essence of your business, then you must ‘produce’ in the most efficient way possible. Right? Working with information that an ERP system gathers from the past is only a partial solution for improving […]

Challenges Accepted: What Are Yours?

Here are 10 real world scenarios I’ve encountered recently that require some serious know-how in order to set up a scheduling application. (Of course, the application itself must have the descriptive and solution capabilities to handle the complex scenarios.) Perhaps you can relate to something in this list. Some of my activities are a week […]

Rescheduling Revisited: Can Your App Do That?

In a previous post (look here), I pointed out that scheduling is really just a special case of rescheduling. If you can modify part of an existing timeline without affecting other parts, you can easily modify—or create an empty timeline. So the real challenge for selecting a scheduling app is to find one that does a […]