danjfoley - 9:55 pm on Mar 28, 2010 (gmt 0)
So how do you handle product scheduling? By this I mean you either have some subcontractors or employees that work for you, and you have clients that want products done. How do you keep that all together.
When a new client comes how do you answer the question "when can we start".
And how about when a project goes long, how do you handle pushing all products back accordingly.
I'm looking for what software solutions you might use, or maybe you don't use software. Maybe you use a pen and paper and a calendar.
So how do you deal with Product Scheduling in your business?
I've been looking for a software solution. But i haven't found anything. It seems like a simple idea, but everything I find makes it very complex with gantt charts all sorts of resources and to do lists. Some systems deal with the scheduling of one products, not doesn't look at the big picture. Your overall product schedule.
I'd like to be able to enter in my contractors availability week to week, and my own. then when a new product comes in, say it needs 80 hrs of work, i enter it into the system, and it automatically schedules the project based on everyone's availabilities and other products that are already scheduled. It would tell each person how many hours on each project they should work each week.. etc.. etc..
Anyways i'd like to get a discussion going. Maybe i'll find the answer i'm looking for. Maybe i'll find out that it just doesn't exists and lots of your are in the same situation as me and just can't find a simple solution.