Module Specifications - Workscope Management
Many companies sell products and services that are in fact projects that require a list of tasks to be executed properly. Sometimes these tasks must be performed sequentially, or sometimes many of the tasks can be executed concurrently. The list of tasks must at first be compiled, like a list of parts, then the resources, including labor and individual skill levels, required to execute these tasks must be determined and reserved. Usually a company has more than one order or project in-house, so the complete list of all tasks that need to be performed must also be compiled if efficient management of labor and fixed resources can be achieved. Typical projects can easily have more than 50 individual tasks, and a given facility can easily have more than 100 of these projects going at any one time. We provide an intranet module which we call Workscope Management to assist with the management of these tasks.
After an order is entered or received, in addition to a Bill of Material that lists all the physical material required to complete the order, our module can create a workscope, which is a list of all the tasks that need to be performed to complete the order. These tasks can be assembled either manually by your engineers on an order-by-order basis, or they can be automatically generated in a manner similar to our BOM module. Each task has resources associated with it that define what physical equipment, skill sets, and time will be required to execute the task. Furthermore, the task is assigned parameters that indicate what task(s) preceding it must be completed before this task can be executed, as well as the urgency of the task or project. This task with all its resource data and associated parameters becomes part of large database of in-process tasks.
Armed with this information, the code in our module can look at your inventory and labor availability, as well as your scheduling commitments, and create schedules for each of the employees available to work on the projects. Realistic schedules can be automatically created that reflect the actual amount of work in-house, as well as the availability of certain skill sets and fixed assets. All of these parameters, with their sundry degrees of freedom, would be impossible to manage efficiently without the aid of some automated system, and this is exactly what this module provides.