What’s the Priority?

Should you schedule the most important things first? If you have several activities to schedule, it seems like a logical strategy to schedule the higher priority ones before the lesser priority ones, right? Well that doesn’t always work out. In … Continued

Tag! You’re it! How attributes bring scheduling software to the next level

As I have discussed in previous posts, the  scheduling problem is not only selecting a start time for activities, but also the challenge of selecting the resources to support those activities (aka: the “assignment problem.”) If you are a scheduler … Continued

One Size Does Not Fit All: Essential versus desirable is a critical difference in scheduling

Do any of these sound familiar? This project has several tasks that can be done by any of my qualified technicians, but it’s best if the people who start the project complete all of the tasks. Umpires can work multiple … Continued

Confessions of an Optimizer: When is “excellent” good enough?

As we all know, an optimal solution is best when it comes to any scheduling operation. But is optimal always practical? Not necessarily.  If you have an environment with frequently changing requirements like most operational situations, you may need to … Continued

Which and When? Are these questions coupled or separate? (Hint: They’re BOTH!)

Scheduling is basically answering the questions, which resources should I use? And when should I use them?  The “which” question gives rise to a set of alternatives (that you can read more about here), and the “when” question gives rise … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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