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7 Visual Scheduling Best Practices

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on May 10, 2016 2:48:00 PM

The basic idea of visually-led scheduling approach is to enable the user to plan and schedule in a very agile manner. When developing our Visual Scheduling Suite for Microsoft Dynamics NAV we defined some kind of cornerstones or basic principles of any visual scheduling approach. In total, they can get summarized as the 7 visual scheduling best practices. They are described in this blog post.

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Topics: Planning & Scheduling Insight, NAV Gantt add-ins, Gantt Best Practice

Reduce Information to Ease Decision Making in Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on Feb 29, 2016 1:30:00 PM

Big Data – that’s one of the slogans of these days. Data is constantly being collected from all areas of a company and is getting analyzed - amongst others - for making production ever more efficient and faster, while individually meeting the customers’ wishes. Pouring this sheer amount of data over every employee working, whether on the shop floor or those responsible for maintaining the production schedule, will drown them. The art of ERP (and related software) systems lies in correct data preparation.  Provide each employee with exactly the data that is relevant to them so that they can check, control and optimize their area of responsibility.

A few years ago, Microsoft completely changed the user experience of Dynamics NAV from a "one-size-fits-it-all" approach and introduced the so called role-tailored clients that provide reduced, and narrowly targeted data for defined roles in the company. This first type of filtering data can be further refined to accelerate the decision process while planning. This blogpost shows how this is done.

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Topics: Planning & Scheduling Insight, NAV Gantt add-ins

Synchronous Scheduling Gantt Chart - "GPS" for Production Planning

Posted by Markus Hammers on Sep 29, 2015 3:00:00 AM

For our manufacturing end customers (especially, for small and mid sized production companies)  we often develop visual scheduling applications that are exactly tailored to the individual and specific production planning requirements. When specifying these requirements, we very often realize that a great deal of added value is created by linking operative production planning to the real-time events on the shop-floor. In other words: by equipping dynamic planning with dynamic updating, such as a GPS for cars that informs us about the distance to move and the expected arrival time.  We call this the synchronous scheduling Gantt chart.

This blog post gives you an idea about the principle of a synchronous Gantt diagram that could be compared to a GPS for production planning.

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Topics: Production Scheduling, Planning & Scheduling Insight, Gantt Best Practice

Why Planners Benefit From Visual Scheduling That Allows Grey Areas

Posted by Martin Karlowitsch on Feb 23, 2015 2:30:00 PM

My experience from working with many SMB companies around the globe tells me that even the best (and probably most expensive) production planning model never can cope with reality: data always seems to be too imperfect to feed the “perfect” algorithm and the current production conditions seem to change too fast so that systems always seem to be ‘behind’ the shop floor reality. In that regard, a scheduling grey area should be defined as the area in which the scheduling system’s settings, configuration and model does not meet the reality and in which a human scheduler is sitting in the driver seat with the need to make agile decisions.

In this blog post I talk about how a visual scheduling approach can help the driver to navigate through the scheduling grey area,

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Topics: Production Scheduling, Planning & Scheduling Insight, NAV Gantt add-ins

4 Facts Why SMB Manufacturers Need Visual Production Scheduling

Posted by Martin Karlowitsch on Feb 2, 2015 2:30:00 PM

"As we move into 2015, I believe we will see more and more small manufacturing companies start to adopt software solutions that help better plan and manage day-to-day manufacturing operations. Forty-five percent of respondents in our survey were still using pen and paper or other manual methods to manage their workflow. I see that number dropping next year." – This is the conclusion of the 2014 Manufacturing Software Buyer Report published by Victoria Adesoba, researcher at small business manufacturing software analysis group Software Advice.

manufacturing small business researcher at Software Advice.

I was kind of shocked by this figure: 45% of all SMB manufacturing planning processes still work on pen and paper-basis? That’s an amazing statement and it intrigued me reading the entire report and spending some thoughts on what this actually says about how software vendors support SMB manufacturing companies achieving operational excellence through better production scheduling. All in all, I found a total of four whopping figures. To me, these figures are undisputed facts why SMB manufacturers need visual production scheduling.

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Topics: Production Scheduling, Planning & Scheduling Insight

Why Visual Scheduling Is Important For Microsoft Dynamics NAV Users

Posted by Martin Karlowitsch on Nov 6, 2014 3:00:00 PM

A visual schedule is a proven technique to manage, handle and plan time-related, resource-oriented planning data with dependencies. A visual schedule highlights conflicts and keeps the user focused on the decision-relevant data. Hence it enables corrective actions in terms of drag & drop changes to the schedule, and lets the user (and not the system) stay in the scheduling driver seat. As such, a visual schedule can become a relevant addition to a standard Microsoft Dynamics NAV implementation (you can learn more about this in a previous blog post). In this blog post, I want to spend more thinking on why visual scheduling is important for Microsoft Dynamics NAV users.

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Topics: Planning & Scheduling Insight, NAV Gantt add-ins

What Is Visual Scheduling For Microsoft Dynamics NAV?

Posted by Martin Karlowitsch on Oct 23, 2014 3:30:00 PM

When attending NAV Directions in both San Diego and Poznan, we discussed our idea of a visual schedule with many attendees: ISVs as well as resellers as well as Microsoft staff. From all these discussions we won the impression that there seems a general interest in digesting our thoughts and considerations about (a) the concept and (b) the way of how we decided to add visual planning capabilities as fully-integrated, repeatable add-ins to Microsoft Dynamics NAV. Hence, we decided to summarize these thoughts in a complementary Ebook and to discuss selected content from this Ebook in a series of blog posts, of which this is the first one.

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Topics: Planning & Scheduling Insight, NAV Gantt add-ins

Graphical Functions a Production Planning Table Should Offer #2

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on Oct 22, 2014 3:46:00 PM

What are the "basic functions" a graphic planning table for use in manufacturing companies need to offer to convey meaningful information and support the decision maker and production planner in the best possible way? In our previous blog post you learned about three key features: Switching views for different planning perspectives, flexible resolution of timescale and multi-level grouping visualization. Here comes blog post #2, presenting three further functions an effective production planning table should offer.

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Topics: Production Scheduling, Planning & Scheduling Insight, Gantt Best Practice

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