Discussion: Operations and Project Scheduling

Different types of environments have different scheduling needs and require different techniques. For example, scheduling in low-volume environments usually involves the use of priority rules.

On pages 555–569 of the Operations Management text, the authors describe various approaches to operations scheduling. How are these similar to or different from project time management tools and techniques? Compare the purpose of Gantt charts for project scheduling to those used for operations scheduling. Can they be used interchangeably? If so, how? If not, why? In what ways can scheduling methods be used to manage risk in projects? In operations?