WHAT THIS BLOG IS ABOUT
Today’s real-time technology allows us to have real-time scheduling of projects and resources. No longer do we have to rely on plans that are updated only once a month. However, management processes and metrics optimized for the world of monthly planning and reviews can actually slow you down in the real-time world. To get the full benefits of real-time scheduling, you need to upgrade management processes and metrics too.
Real-Time Scheduling enables Real-Time Resource Management. Instead of being stuck with obsolete plans that are at odds with reality, and having to make local scheduling decisions without knowing how it will affect all projects and resources, resources can always be working on the right tasks at the right time.
Real-Time Scheduling enables Forward Looking Alerts in projects. Managers know not only the current state (are projects on schedule and where the bottlenecks are today) but also the future state (will projects finish on time and where will bottlenecks be in the future).
Real-Time Scheduling also allows you to make Real-Time Pipeline Decisions. As changes in demand happen, either because an emergency project needs to be done or because business conditions are changing, executives can drop in new projects or adjust the priority of current projects and see the impact on the entire pipeline.
BUT, you cannot get the full benefits of Real-Time Scheduling with practices optimized for the world of monthly planning and reviews. For example, no longer should you be assigning 100% of your resources to specific projects; no longer should you be measuring people to task estimates provided at the time of planning; no longer should you be reviewing your projects only once a month; and no longer should you accept scheduling inefficiencies in your project completion rates and timelines.
At Realization, we have had the privilege of working with managers who are both thought-leaders and action-leaders in their organizations. Together, we have implemented practices that leverage the power (and avoid the pitfalls) of Real-Time Scheduling. We look forward to sharing those with you on this blog and also to continue learning from your own insights.