Why do timetabling solutions fail to deliver?
It’s long been a complaint within universities that their timetables bear little resemblance to what actually takes place on the ground. But does the blame for this lie solely with the institutions themselves, or should their legacy timetabling systems shoulder some of the blame? Why is it so difficult to ensure that something that’s as […] Read More
Parkinson’s Law and space utilisation: why we do bigger rather than better.
Parkinson’s law, described by Cyril Northcote Parkinson in his 1958 book Parkinson’s Law: The Pursuit of Progress, is the dictum that “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”. He was, of course, describing an observed tendency towards bureaucracy within the civil service at the time, which seemed to rise irrespective of […] Read More
Before you find the solution, you need to understand the problem.
Besides great software, effective organisational transformation requires consideration, planning and creativity. While recently travelling in to a customer site on the London Underground, it occurred to me that as Transport for London (TfL) works to expand capacity on their network they are faced with a range of legacy issues: structural challenges, baked in ‘opinions’ and […] Read More
Education and engagement: making workplace transformation work
When you ask any organisation what they think their greatest asset is, the answer is, almost without exception, ‘our people’. Whether in the public or private sector, organisations demand unwavering dedication and commitment from their employees to achieve their objectives. Providing an efficient, flexible work culture is crucial in ensuring that large organisations are able […] Read More
Transforming the Delivery of Organisational Training: Management or Planning?
There’s no escaping it: in order to ensure a competitive, efficient and productive workforce, almost all organisations in the UK invest significant sums on staff training. And with very large organisations, annual training budgets are routinely very large numbers. When we look at recruiting and initial training of staff, some sectors, such as policing, require […] Read More
Under-utilisation in the workplace: unravelling the complexities to uncover the savings.
The average organisation within the public sector – in fact, pretty much any large organisation you’d care to examine – rarely finds it easy to make the best use of their available building space. Even with a determined effort to be as efficient as possible, unnecessary wastage in training, educational, meeting and office space is fairly […] Read More
Exam timetabling: it’s only simple when you do it badly.
Within a university setting you’d typically find a consensus amongst most staff and students that timetabling examinations is a reasonably straightforward process. Primarily, a simple matter of ensuring students are not timetabled to sit more than one examination at the same time. It would be normal as a starting point to make sure no clashes […] Read More
Utilisation Surveys: it was a bad week…
A significant part of EventMAP’s optimisation work with large organisations starts with a physical utilisation survey, which is a useful tool in determining what is actually happening within a building or site in terms of activity and space usage. Although the methodology of a survey varies depending on the sector and type of asset or […] Read More