Just think of it as “Time Management”.
Scheduling involves defining tasks, their duration, and their relationship to other tasks that lead to a completed job. At Dillon Works we start by understanding our client’s significant milestones and deliverable dates first, we then develop an internal design and production schedule that identifies critical dates, long lead items, outside resources, etc. and further defines the plan to meet those goals.
Our experience tells us that scheduling should be done with contingency planning and running what-if scenarios to insure that any disruptions to the schedule can be met with a solid work-around plan. We also include client approvals in our planning to allow sufficient time for our clients to review their work, make comments and generally be a contributing member of the team.
As we are typically producing multiple projects simultaneously, it is important to overall company planning that an all-Dillon Works design and production schedule is developed and maintained. This master schedule sets the plan to orchestrate and coordinate the many multi-disciplinary tasks of the internal and external resources needed to accomplish project and company goals.