Production planning definition: it is projecting the future quantity and quality of products to produce. Production is planned over a specific time horizon (for example a month or quarter), and it is about loading and scheduling production resources such as machines and workers. Basically, the objectives are satisfying demand for certain products, loading production capacities and storing up necessary materials. Decisions are made on basis of orders received from customers, forecasted demand, amount of products available in inventory, profitability of certain products, company objectives, etc.
It is a strategic cross-functional process which requires gathering information from different departments and making balanced coordinated decisions to meet different factors. Each organization may elaborate its own guide – a document which defines guidelines for workforce planning in terms of business specificity and current environmental situation. To avoid different problems you can use software which can help you to coordinate efforts of your company’s team in terms of production planning.
VIP Task Manager is real-time teamwork software for planning, controlling and analyzing projects. It provides you with sharable interface modes (Task List, Task Tree and Calendar) that can be used for analyzing performance of your workgroup in order to identify project evolution or defections.
To plan and analyze production – do the following:
- start your project planning software
- interconnect your team members through assigning their responsibilities
- plan and schedule goals as tasks
- plan costs, set priorities and assign tasks to performers
- control performance parameters