Blog about planning

4 stages of resource planning

22 March 2017

Our clients, who implement projects where multiple people are involved, often struggled with the question of how to organise in regards to resource planning. In this blog post we will look at the different development stages companies go through and the organisation of resource planning which would be appropriate. We will spell out what the risks would be if you do not prepare for this within a reasonable period of time. Read more…

Does your project planning suffer from Parkinson's?

23 February 2017

I mean Parkinson's law, not the terrible brain disease. Parkinson's law states that work is spread over the time that is available to complete the work. This is one of the 4 time wasters in project planning which we discussed in one of our previous blog postings. In this blog we will see how you can determine if your project planning has this condition and how to manage it. Read more…

Plan the big projects first

25 January 2017

If you look at the picture, you might be thinking there are more stones and sand in the first jar than in the second jar, but nothing could be further from the truth. The second jar contains the exact same amount of sand and stones, only the content doesn't fit in the first jar. That has to do with the order of filling the jar. If you first fill the jar with the large stones, then the smaller stones and the sand is easier to add. Read more…

Do you plan your projects around margin?

24 December 2016

For many organizations, they are only able to see in hindsight what the margin was they achieved for their project, which for many, leads to disappointment. The project ended not being as profitable as they had thought. Even while remaining within the budgeted number of hours. How is that even possible? An analysis showed that they, for example, relied on freelancers instead of internal staff on which the project was budgeted. Read more…

Planning - do it like the homo sapiens!

17 November 2016

Planning is as ancient as the human race. Ever since humans began to think ahead and started hunting in groups, plans have been made to achieve the best possible result. At first, planning was based purely on (non-)verbal communication. With the recording of the first hunting scenes, the famous cave drawings of animal hunts, the first planning was possibly created. Read more…

3 benefits of a project planning tool

21 October 2016

A business lead recently asked me if I could help forming the business case for purchasing Timewax. Although he saw the value in it, he needed outside input to "sell" it internally. Management asked for a business case with hard data, as in, how would they be better off using it? It’s a legitimate question. In this blog entry, we will focus on three key benefits to using a project planning tool and we will try to quantify them as well. Read more…

Making up a roster for projects: can you do that?

21 September 2016

I have been in touch with a number of organizations lately, which had all tried to plan their projects in Workforce Management software. In other words, they tried to make up a roster of their projects in rostering software. Can this actually be done and if so, what are the limitations? In this blog we will look at this, using a practical case. Read more…

The planning in your calendar: Useful or not?

1 July 2016

When giving demos of Timewax, customers often ask me whether they can also make the planning part of their calendar (for instance in Outlook). They would like to have two-way processing: everything they plan in Timewax should end up in their calendar and every item that employees plan in their calendars should end up in Timewax. But does that make sense? We will discuss this topic in detail in this blog. Read more…

Detailed planning? 3 deciding factors

1 June 2016

If you create many small tasks and include in your planning, you can end up "blowing up" you planning. The risk is that you will end up spending your entire day on updating your planning, especially in a dynamic environment that requires many changes. This blog will explore what alternatives there are and what factors determine whether you should plan in detail or not. Read more…

Scrum: no more need for a planning tool?

5 May 2016

These days Scrum has become essential for software development. Scrum is a successful method, which fundamentally changes the way projects are organized. The method does not employ any traditional ways of budgeting planning or reporting on project progress. So will a planning tool offer added value within Scrum projects? In this blog we are going to find out. Read more…

Process or system driven implementation?

1 February 2016

Timewax will talk about the decisions that you need to make in order to successfully implement your planning software. Part 3: Process or system driven implementation. The final decision you have to make is deciding how the system and the organization (the processes) will be aligned with each other. This often manifest itself as a strong ambition to improve the processes, countered by the major pressure of being expected to deliver something on the short term. Read more…

Big bang or phased implementation?

13 January 2016

Timewax explains in a number of blogs on what you should make a decision to implement your planning software successfully. Part 2: Big bang or phased implementation? It applies here too: you have a small business and you just want to improve the planning process, then you should rather opt for a ‘Big bang’ approach. Read more…

Central or decentralized implementation?

8 December 2015

You have opted for new project & resource planning software. Now is the time for implementation. Just a matter of doing, right? Or maybe you should reconsider the approach? I explain in a number of blogs what you have to make a decision on to make the implementation successful. Part 1: the central or decentralised implementation of your scheduling software. Read more…

Selecting planning software – 3 essential steps

22 November 2015

Planningssoftware selecteren – 3 essentiële stappen

You are looking for planning software to better schedule the time in the business. To save time. But you do want to find the correct planning software. And that takes time. Mark de Jong of Timewax, as a former software selection consultant knows like no other how this process can best be performed - in three clear steps. Read more…

Is your organization getting better in planning?

20 June 2015

Wordt jouw organisatie beter in plannen?

Logically you would say so. You always get more insight and experience in the planning process and you build on that. But how do you that? For example, a higher productivity would not necessarily imply that you became better in planning. In this blog we describe how you can measure the planning performance of your organization. Read more…

Lean, simplicity and logical sense

7 May 2015

Lean, eenvoud en boerenverstand

With Lean, we want to change things to better and maybe even more than better. Working daily towards continuous improvement is the goal. Entwine the Lean DNA with the own DNA. Because we use Lean in our business and planning processes or at home in the kitchen, it is possible to eliminate steps that don't matter and never deal with them again. Read more…

2 Killer KPIs for forecasting in projects

4 April 2015

2 Killer KPI’s voor een prognose bij projecten

There are, of course, numerous ways to analyse your projects. Budget vs. actual, planning vs. actual, spending variances based on percentage completed, and so on. And all are valuable, but only aimed at looking at the past. Not that looking at the past is wrong, because this is how you will learn when budgeting and planning future projects. But during your projects, you would mostly like to look ahead. Read more…

Flexibility is the norm, but in sustainable form

11 March 2015

Flexibilisering wordt de norm, maar wel in duurzame vorm

There are more and more signals that the future labor organization without far-reaching forms of flexibility will not last long. The discussion on flexibilization focuses mainly on the distinction between 'bad' and 'good' flexibility. This blog contains a number of topics on what will now be called 'sustainable flexibilization'. Read more…

Planning in a shrinking organization

8 February 2015

Plannen bij een krimpende organisatie

If the demand and/or turnover drops, structurally, we speak of shrinkage. In a shrinking organization you need to get a grip on the biggest expenditure, namely the employment of employees. We explain our vision on shrinking below, from the perspective of employee planning through innovative plans. Read more…

50% safety margin may go

11 January 2015

50% veiligheidsmarge kan weg

According to the Critical Chain Project Management method, 50% of the built-in safety margin in projects could go. It is a waste of time and by cutting back, projects could be completed in 3/4 of the normal time. That is a time saving of 25%. To achieve this, Critical Chain Project Management uses the Buffer Management technique. Read more…

The planner as a driving force

16 December 2014

De planner als drijvende kracht

Personnel costs are the biggest costs in many organizations. Professional planning can often lead to substantial cost savings, especially in situations where both the Organization and the staff are pushed to change. What does this mean for the planning organization and for planners?
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4 time wasters in project planning

14 November 2014

4 tijdverspillers in project planning

The Standish Group conducts research on project performance every year. It turns out that the majority is not delivered within the scheduled time. The main cause is that much time is wasted by the way in which projects are planned. Employees include a generous margin of safety in the project plan to ensure that they will complete the activity in time. However, research shows that they waste their safety margin. Read more…

Why central flex pools do not work…

14 October 2014

Waarom centrale flexpools niet werken

You often bump into central flex pools, especially in health care, but also in other branches. That is a pool of temporary staff and other flexible employees who are employed in different places in the organization. The staff planning of the flex pool is organised centrally, for example by the planning office or a flexi agency. The goal is to create a safety net to plug gaps in the 'time planning' in the departments. Read more…

3 preconditions of project progress reporting

8 September 2014

3 randvoorwaarden aan project voortgangsrapportage

Research has shown that almost half of all projects exceeds the end date and the budget. Reports on the progress of projects are often inaccurate. The causes of this inaccuracy can often be traced to lack of project administration of planning, spending and progress. As a result, it generates some risks for the project manager. Read more…