Graphical Functions a Visual Planning Board Should Have #3

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on Dec 3, 2014 11:30:00 AM

Visual planning boards are proven tools for controlling and managing your production, and for scheduling production orders. In a series of three blog posts we have compiled and outlined a total of 10 key features an intelligent and powerful planning board should offer. Here comes blog post #3 of this series.

In our blog post #1 you learned how to switch views for different planning perspectives, make use of flexible resolution of the timescale and how to apply multi-level grouping visualization. These features were followed in blog post #2  by descriptions of how to use histograms for displaying capacities and by the introduction of visual alerts and visualization of dependencies. 

This final blog sheds a light on further 4 functions an intelligent planning board should offer.

Individual calendar settings

One-, two- or even multi-shift work? No problem for a state-of-the-art planning board. Define individual calendars with different working times for each machine or resource. It goes without saying that the individual calendars will not only be visualized but will also take effect on the (re)-scheduling.

 Visual Planning Board Individual Calendar Settings


Interactive moving of operations

Only a plan that can be adjusted to reality is vivid and hence can be called a good plan. Drag and drop allows for intuitive, quick and simple planning while never losing track of the modifications’ effects on the overall plan.

Visual Planning Board Interaction


Automatic scheduling

Don’t only visualize dependencies but also take them into account while rescheduling. Interlinked, i.e. dependent operations will move automatically when a node of the chain or the net is moved.

Visual Planning Board Automatic Scheduling 


Print functionality

Print versions of planning boards are a valuable means of communication in meetings and presentations. The print functionality enables printing of complex plans spanning several weeks for managers as well as a production execution plan for the next work week.

Visual Planning Board Print Function 

Want to have all 10 functions summarized in one issue? Download our free checklist here.

Planning Board Key Functions Checklist



For your reference: all posts from this series

Post 1:  Which Graphical Functions Should a Production Planning Table Offer? (switching views, timescale, groups)
Post 2: 
Graphical Functions a Production Planning Table Should Offer (Histogram, visual alerts, dependencies) 
Post 3: 
Graphical Functions a Visual Planning Board Should Have (calendar, interaction, automatic scheduling,)


Topics: Gantt Chart Fundamentals