Looking for ideas on how to intelligently design graphical planning boards? In my blog series about our Visual Scheduling Add-In Developer Toolbox I not only describe the development background of this product, but also how we use it for our own planning boards for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. In this article you can have a look at functions that we use on a planning board for production scheduling.
We recently launched a new product. How did the new product come about? What is the idea behind it? I'm looking into this question in my blog series, for which I have interviewed different colleagues involved in product design, development and overall strategy. For this blog post, I talked to Martin, CEO and Co-Owner about the first steps towards the Visual Scheduling Add-in Developer Toolbox.
Today, I'd like to give you more insight about the story behind the Visual Scheduling Add-In Developer Toolbox that we developed for ISV partners with scheduling solution extensions for Microsoft Dynamic 365 Business Central. I'm pretty sure that if you grasp the ideas that drove us to create this product you will also see how much value it will bring to your company and your solution and also what you can realize with it. So I started interviewing our experts and my today's interview - the third in line - I made with our CTO, Sascha Hermann who is responsible for our Visual Scheduling Suite and I asked him how our company itself uses the toolbox.
Sharing the ideas behind a product, such as the company's background, why the product was developed, which way it took to enter the market, and much more, provides a very good understanding of its value - sometimes much better than just a functional description.
So I started a series of blog posts to reveal our Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central audience how the product with the strange name - Visual Scheduling Add-In Developer Toolbox - saw the light of day. I interviewed several persons primarily responsible for the product to get an insight from different perspectives. My first interview was with our CEO Martin Karlowitsch
Resource load plays a key role when it comes to order planning. Planners have to ask themselves whether a certain resource has enough capacity on a certain day to work off a task. Usually, the capacity load is visualized by a capacity curve, also called histogram, in a Gantt chart. In this blogpost I‘ll introduce two other ways of displaying capacity load: by an own resource view and by a calendar view as is known from Microsoft Outlook.
In spite of the steadily growing automation, many small companies still plan their orders manually. Ideally, they use an interactive planning board for scheduling support. In this case, the order backlog (also called order pool or stock of orders) is an important part of this planning board. We have different ways to visualize this backlog for our customers, the presentation depending on whether the orders consist of several sub orders or not, e.g. For all of you dealing with Gantt charts and manual planning I have summed up four visualization versions.