I’m associated with a large landscape company that has many crews that go out and do landscape maintenance, as well as “construction” jobs (installations of new trees, shrubs, etc.).
There are various locations, and each location has a production scheduler who uses a very large magnetic board (12 feet wide, five feet tall) as a tool. Along the top of the board there are columns that represent calendar days. Along the left is a separate row that represents each crew.
Each job (house or estate that the landscaper goes to) is represented by a label that goes on top of a magnet. When new work is sold, a new label gets produced with some important information about the job, the label goes on a magnet, and the scheduler moves the magnets around to designate which jobs are being worked on by which crews.
The system works, except the people that purchase the plant material don’t have visibility into the board because they are in a different location. Furthermore, the client representatives don’t have visibility into the board, so they can’t easily tell when a crew will be visiting their client.
Is there an electronic equivalent to this? The trick is that to ease adoption it needs to be easy to use (not MS Project) and be very visual. As much as possible, it should have the feel of a board where you move around magnets, but instead maybe you are moving things with your mouse.