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Planning is a process, not a product. 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. The plans were literally recorded and represented both the activity (the hunt) and the goal

The business case for using scheduling software. 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

The sense and folly of planning projects in rostering software. 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. In terms of planning, there are two segments: making

The difference between meetings and planning bookings.  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. It's useful to make

The added value of a planning tool in Scrum. 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. Planning during a Scrum project might seem meaningless, as people are assigned as dedicated and

Implementation planning software: part 3. 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. There are

Implementation planning software: part 2. 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. With multiple departments as well as processes for time recording and invoicing, this way is less obvious. With a ‘Big bang’ you enter