Chapter 9Planning & Scheduling

As stated earlier, a technical manager’s major planning function is to think ahead, to anticipate and solve problems, or to at least arrange in advance for their proper handling. This is the role of the technical manager as scheduler. Using a variety of planning tools, the manager must be able to coordinate numerous aspects of the many processes needed to produce production elements. To name just a few, these tools include material and labor estimation forms (discussed in detail in Chapter 10), project lists, calendar(s) and charts, logs, and reconciliation forms. Using the procedures associated with these forms enables a technical manager to estimate and schedule project work and personnel, identify available facilities, ...

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