Scheduling modes

The next paragraph will briefly explain the two different scheduling modes available on Sablono. They can be found in the Project Settings.

Don't worry! Switching between manual and auto scheduling will never delete any dates even if the results may differ heavily between both modes. If you are not satisfied with the results of the other mode, you can switch back anytime.

Manual scheduling

This mode should only be used if you are not planning to set up dependencies between your deliverables on Sablono as those will not be included in the schedule calculation. The calculation run will work like this:

  1. If you defined the start or due date for your deliverables, Sablono will automatically schedule the activities, after assigning a process template to deliverables. This calculation is done separately for all deliverables.
  2. If you defined the start and the due date for your deliverables, Sablono will use the user-defined start date to calculate the earliest dates and the user-defined end date to calculate the latest dates. If only one of the two is defined, only the earliest or latest dates will be calculated.
  3. If you did not set-up any user-defined dates, Sablono will not be able to schedule the activities of your deliverables.
  4. Sablono will also calculate the total float for all activities as the difference between the earliest and latest start/end. If you only defined either start or due date, Sablono will only calculate the one corresponding date, but without a float.
  5. If the duration of the process assigned to your deliverables is longer than your defined start and due dates allow for, Sablono will present that conflict to you by showing negative float values. To solve it, please delete either start or the due date of the deliverables or try to shorten the planned duration of the assigned process.
  6. Dependencies between deliverables or activities of different deliverables are not included into the calculated programme while using Sablono in the "manual scheduling" mode.

Auto scheduling

The "auto scheduling" mode should be used if you are planning to define dependencies between deliverables and activities of different deliverables. It works like this:

  1. This calculation will pick up the first available user-defined date in your project's activity sequence. Starting from here it will use the duration of all activities and the dependencies connecting it to its successor to run a forward calculation of all earliest dates.
  2. Once the last activity was calculated it will use the resulting earliest dates as a starting point to run again backwards over the same sequence leading to the latest dates for all activities.
  3. Dependencies can either be defined in your Process Template, using the Activities page, or between individual deliverables using the Details Overlay. The latest will be converted automatically into dependencies between activities of those deliverables by Sablono.
  4. Note that if your user-defined dates do not match the durations and dependencies defined on Sablono, results calculated by the platform may differ heavily from what you expect.
  5. The calculated total float in the “auto-scheduling” mode shows the buffer of individual activities in relation to the string of connected deliverables and activities that they belong to, not individual deliverables (as in "manual scheduling" mode).
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