Manual order allocation - 4 backlog visualizations in planning boards

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on Jul 30, 2018 3:37:00 PM

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.

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Production Planning with Excel - Is Your Spreadsheet Error Free?

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on Apr 30, 2018 4:34:00 PM

If you enter the term „excel horror stories“ into your search engine you’ll get a long list of stories about financial disasters, wrong scientific insights or organizational nightmares being caused by the spreadsheet software. TransAlta lost 24 million due to a cut and paste error, designations of genes like SEPT2 get changed unnoticed into data by Excel, the NASA had wrong measure data in their Excel tables with which they keep on working, and so forth. Are you sure that there is no mistake hidden in your Excel sheets with which you run your company or plan your production?

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Basic Facts About Gantt Charts: Tips for Creating a Meaningful Chart

Posted by Ute Gillet on Nov 2, 2016 2:53:18 PM

Again, some time has passed since in the last post of my loose series of blogs about the basic facts and features of Gantt charts I shared with you some insights on their structure and graphical ingredients.

Now that you’ve learned the basics, you're doubtless eager to create a meaningful and clear-cut chart of your own and this is why today I'd like to shed some light on the preliminary considerations needed and the steps to be followed to achieve this.

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Basic Facts About Gantt Charts: Their Graphical Ingredients

Posted by Ute Gillet on Aug 25, 2016 9:40:22 AM

It's been a while since I started my loose series of blog posts giving insights into the basic facts and features of Gantt charts by writing about why they are still popular today.

I'm quite sure that to some the actual nature and structure of these charts has become a bit vague over times, what with further developments and extending of application fields. So I considered clarifying the graphical ingredients of a Gantt chart in the first place. 

Possibly, you'll be surprised that the text is rather short. But first, as I'd like to clear the above mentioned vagueness, I'm going to keep my explanation as detailed as necessary and as concise as possible. Second, a structure as simple - yet effective - doesn't need much words to be explained. And third, when it comes to a visualization technique like a Gantt diagram, I rather prefer to work with images than with words.

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Basic Facts About Gantt Charts: Why They Are Still Popular Today

Posted by Ute Gillet on Jul 6, 2016 6:39:30 PM

“Gantt charts are uncool”, “Gantt's diagrams are dead” - these and many other similar statements can be read and heard in the media again and again. But – interestingly enough - in spite of all declarations of death, they are still very alive and are still a tool most commonly used for visualizing schedules of many different kinds.

The contradiction between all prophecies of doom and the longevity and up-to-dateness struck me as odd and I wanted to know more. The questions I wanted to get answers to were: What are the origins of these charts? What were the fields of application in the past and what are they today? Is there an evolution in terms of function and features? 

Since the material I came up with was quite complex, I decided to split it up into a loose series of blog posts giving insights into the basic facts and features of this kind of charts and I start with shedding some light on the reasons why and where they are used.

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10 Graphical Functions a Production Planning Table Should Offer

Posted by Ute Gillet on Dec 4, 2015 10:30:00 AM

When it comes to production planning, graphical planning tables provide valuable assistance as to visualizing complex contexts and bringing transparency to production planning data. However, developing, designing and definining a graphical planning table often is harder than many people initially expect. This blog post provides you with some functions that you should think of when starting to deveop your visual planning board.

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9 Basic Design Tips for User-Friendly Gantt Charts - Part 3

Posted by Juergen Theis on Aug 27, 2015 6:35:05 PM

The modern look & feel of Gantt charts not only helps gaining user acceptance. A well-thought-out design also yields intuitiveness and user friendliness. So, when developing a Gantt chart one should not only keep an eye on functionality but on design as well.

Of course, every Gantt chart has to meet its own planning requirements and hence has to have its own look. Even though, there are some basic design considerations a developer should keep in mind when developing a Gantt chart.

The first part of our blog series about the best design for user-fiendly Gantt charts were about bar appearance. The second part focused on  time scale, table and Gantt graph. Now the last part deals amongs others with  the question of  where to best place additional information in the Gantt chart
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9 Basic Design Tips for User-Friendly Gantt Charts - Part 2

Posted by Juergen Theis on May 7, 2015 1:45:00 PM

The modern look & feel of Gantt charts not only helps gaining user acceptance. A well-thought-out design also yields intuitiveness and user friendliness. So, when developing a Gantt chart one should not only keep an eye on functionality but on design as well.

Of course, every Gantt chart has to meet its own planning requirements and hence has to have its own look. Even though, there are some basic design considerations a developer should keep in mind when developing a Gantt chart.

The second part of our blog series about the best design for user-friendly Gantt charts introduces three more tips for creating modern charts. The first three tips described in the last blog were about bar appearance. The next three tips deal with the complete graphic area, including time scale, table and Gantt graph.

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