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Event Odoo Experience 2020 starts on September 30, 2020 at 2:00:00 PM +0200
Project & Resource Management for MRP Orders
Demo Functional
Location: Studio3 - 10/1/20, 11:30 AM - 10/1/20, 12:00 PM (CDT) (30 minutes)

Project & Resource Management for MRP Orders
Joe Wichowski President  at Traction Consulting Group

For almost 30 years, Joe Wichowski has been on the forefront of delivering innovative, value-added solutions to companies of all industries and sizes. From network administration / applications development / and project management, to customer service /  sales management / and marketing strategies, Joe has worn just about every hat there is in the business world. Joe's core strength as visionary and architect helps his clients gain a unique competitive advantage, by leveraging data, empowering people, and streamlining processes to allow companies to work more agile and reach greater efficiency.

As President of Traction Consulting Group, Joe has spent the last twenty years of his career specifically working to help advance sales, marketing, and customer service teams within various organizations across the globe. In this capacity, Joe has traveled the world creating and delivering Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Workflow, and Analytical solutions to clients in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Over the years, by working intimately with each client's sales, marketing, and customer service teams, Joe has gained critical insight into how these teams can be tightly integrated and measured, to offer customers a far superior buying experience.


Often small manufacturing and specialty companies require MRP to fully realize inventory controls and consumption.  However, now more than ever manufacturers are engaging in specialized one-off or low-volume projects that span a single MRP Order over several weeks’ or months’ time.  These operations are difficult to manage within Odoo, as the built-in Manufacturing Order system is typically visualized within "a single day".

As such, Traction Consulting Group has expanded the standard Manufacturing Order system with a custom add-on module that transforms unique BOM Operations into Tasks, allowing for assignment of resources to operations based on specific skills required for a particular operation, and offers ongoing capacity planning and scheduling of resources via Gantt Charts, leveraging the built-in Work Schedule system within the Employees module to better schedule orders while considering employee time off and vacation time.

Key Learnings:

a) Provide for tracking of projects and resource effort over a long period of time - from several days to several months

b) Align operations of the order to specific skill sets, such that only available resources (both by skill and by availability) can be assigned to specific operations

c) Identify capacity planning issues as resources are given time off, and as new projects enter the manufacturing process

d) Ensure proper lead times and customer communications based on existing and remaining workloads

Target Audience:

- Manufacturers who have to utilize an outside project planner like Microsoft Project or Excel to manage Manufacturing Orders

- Manufacturers who have specialty skill sets for Resources, and want to automate the assignment process for Work Orders

- Manufacturers who would like basic Capacity Planning capability of resources without requiring excessive Project Management of said resources