[clug-talk] Labor Scheduling

Carl ct at turner.ca
Thu May 25 12:40:23 PDT 2006

You definitely have some steep requirements. Whatever route you take, it
is going to require significant effort.

I don't want to sound like I'm pushing tutos but it is the closest thing
that I know of to what you are trying to do. Since it is open source you
could use it as a starting point.

In the online demo, if you look at:
It lists 80 resource entries and their rates. You could add your other
variables of availability, competencies and location with some database
work and logic to get what you need.


On Thu, 2006-05-25 at 12:51 -0600, Jesse Kline wrote:
> Quoting Carl <ct at turner.ca>:
> > Can you be more specific on what features that you are looking for yet
> > http://www.tutos.org/ does not have?
> While I have a number of requirements for a scheduling solution, one of our big
> problems is scheduling relief workers. We currently have 13 departments which
> are scheduled manually by the department heads, there is also a lack of
> communication between the departments. The idea is to centralize scheduling to
> reduce the work load for the coordinators and schedule more efficiently. What I
> need the system to do is automatically come up with the best fit for relief
> workers when a staff member calls in sick or takes a vacation. The relief worker
> would have to be matched up based on three variables, availability, competencies
> of the relief worker and needs of the client, as well as location in the city.
> The solution would also need to have strong reporting features so that we can
> find inefficiencies in our scheduling process. I am very interested in a web
> based solution because the system would need to be available 24 hours a day, it
> would also be nice to give staff the ability to update their availability from
> off-site. 
> As you can see, I'm looking for something much more complicated than a gannt
> chart. I may be able to use project management software, but I would need to
> setup something quite complex, and I'm not even sure if this is the right tool
> for the job.
> Jesse
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