Unique Scheduling Solutions

When the Spreadsheet Hits the Fan

Most of us use spreadsheets for all sorts of things. The spreadsheet and the word processor are the work horses of most computer tasks in the home or the workplace. It is not surprising that when faced with a scheduling task, we have turned to the tools we know best. And sometimes they work great […]

What if? How You Can Take the Guess Work Out of Hypothetical Planning

We’re planning a big promotion for our new product. What if sales go through the roof? What if next June there are lots of weddings on top of the Acme Sales meeting that’s already booked? After the merger, what if we close the Springfield Plant? Will we be able to keep up with demand? What if Joe quits and […]

Lessons from My Dad: Packing the Family Truckster (and why scheduling things “left-to-right” is sometimes wrong)

As a kid, I watched my Dad pack the trunk of the car for a vacation. His golf shoes were not a priority item–at least from the perspective of the rest of the family. However, they were the only item in the stack of awaiting luggage that would fit behind the spare tire, so in […]

Scheduling by Any Other Name is…

If you looked up “scheduling” in my thesaurus, you might find an interesting list of alternate terms: Resource Allocation Resource Management Capacity Planning Order Management Promise Date Determination Operations Management Materials Resource Planning …and many, many more. Call it what you will, it’s all the same. In fact, most of these terms have broader meanings […]