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How to remain efficient as a production planner

For any manufacturing enterprise, production planning always takes the centre stage. In fact, no manufacturing process can be made successful without the implementation of an efficient production plan. So how do you, as a production planner, ensure that everything goes as planned and that the company’s objectives are achieved? It is important in this case […]

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Ensuring your corporate event runs smoothly – a guide to effective planning and scheduling

Organising corporate events can be traumatic. It takes a lot of careful planning, precise scheduling, and creative prowess on your end, and if you’re the one tasked with doing it all, you can’t afford to make any mistakes. People have lost jobs, and careers have been ruined because an event has been a disaster, so […]

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Task lists saved a Charles Schwab millions, effective planning could do the same for your company

The human brain has limits. Yes, it’s an incredible tool with a seemingly unlimited capacity to learn, but it has trouble remembering the detail. Unfortunately, detail is what a company needs to succeed, so why do we trust ourselves so much? Of course, there are numerous ways in which we can help ourselves. Rather than […]

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How to Prove Employee Training Is an Investment, Not a Cost

The quality of skills within an organisation is critical for that organisation to thrive, and yet, often one of the most difficult tasks an employee has is to persuade a manager to invest in training. Why? It’s usually a simple matter that training is an intangible cost. For example, if a manager were asked to […]

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Company Training Budgets in a Post-Brexit World

Whichever way you voted, it seems that for the vast majority of people, the announcement that the UK would be leaving the European Union was a shock. This shock resonated most around the financial markets, with the pound suffering huge losses and the stock market falling. Even though the stock market has recovered, there are […]

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Two Post Brexit Business Realities

However you voted on June 23rd, it is now clear that the Brexit vote will affect us all. We have already seen party leaders resign and some pretty significant political events taking place. We have seen shares sold, both in UK and EU corporates. We have seen the pound in freefall, despite some recovery. But […]

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Six of the Biggest Scheduling Mistakes and Why you Should Avoid Them

If you’re scheduling staff, you need to ensure that you keep on top of those schedules and realise that as everyone’s an individual with their own skills, experience and ways of working. Some staff are more flexible than others; some have skills that mean they can complete certain jobs more quickly, and yet some will […]

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The Crucial Difference Between Planning and Scheduling

Planning and scheduling have many things in common and are sometimes confused for the same technique. However, to best differentiate the two, consider looking into applications and architectures of processes, knowledge representation and problem solving ideas, heuristic techniques, iterative improvement and domain-specific techniques. Other factors to consider may include constraint-based techniques, and integrated reaction and […]

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4 Effective Tips for Scheduling you can Implement Right Now

A busy training office in a large business can have a lot on its plate. Trying to juggle the best time to schedule training in people’s busy calendars, while understanding the positive effect that training will eventually have, is difficult. For many, it becomes a last minute rush to send out emails, arrange trainers at […]

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Reporting to Managers Who Really Don’t Have Time

Years ago I worked in a manufacturing company that was just becoming computerised (yes, that long ago!), and we had a director that needed to know everything that was going on in the business. Needing to know everything is a tough ask, and it’s one which the current IT department, with me in it, took […]

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