Road to Reliability

Sample Course Video:

The Value of Planning and Scheduling

This is a free sample from the course Implementing Maintenance Planning & Scheduling.

In this lesson, I  talk about the value of planning and scheduling. I'm going to do that by walking through a detailed example in which I'm going to show you how you can increase your workforce by 35% without hiring anyone. Instead, you're going to get 35% higher output from your existing workforce. And I'll show you how to put a dollar value on that productivity increase.

And that is something very important, for when you are communicating with management in your organization to sell them the concept of planning and scheduling, being able to express the value of scheduling and planning in dollar terms will make it much easier to get management support.

The key points I want students to take away from this lesson are:

Firstly, with planning and scheduling, a typical maintenance organization can increase their workforce by about 35% without hiring any more people. You do this simply by being more efficient and getting more work done with your existing resources.

Secondly, the value that the planning and scheduling bring to an organization can be expressed in monetary gains, in real dollars, that is important as that is language management understands, therefore that is a language you need to be able to speak.

I trust you enjoyed this video on the value maintenance planning & scheduling can create for your organisation. Use the Wrenchtime Calculator to estimate the value you can add to your organisation and let us know in the comments below!

This video is one of the 48 video lessons contained in the course "implementing Maintenance Planning & Scheduling".

To join simply head over this the course information page.

And if you have any questions about maintenance planning & scheduling, or about the online course feel free to contact me directly.

Interested, but want to know more?

Find out more about me, Erik Hupje, founder of the Road to Reliability read about R2 Reliability the company behind the Road to Reliability.


Watched the video, but have some questions? Feel free to ask below or leave a more general comment.


  1. Commentators Gravatar  FEDILIS KUDADA on 22nd May, 2020 at 10:08 PM

    Very interesting .
    Do you certify? (give certificates)

    • Commentators Gravatar  Erik Hupjé on 23rd May, 2020 at 11:37 AM

      Certainly, upon completion of the course, which requires the submission of assignments, completion of quizzes and a final online exam you receive a Certificate of Completion:

      Certificate of Completion for the online course: Implementing Maintenance Planning & Scheduling

      The course is certified by the Society of Maintenance & Reliability Practitioners (SMRP).

      • Commentators Gravatar  Mounir on 25th May, 2020 at 9:55 AM

        Congratulations Erick

        • Commentators Gravatar  yasser on 11th Sep, 2020 at 11:35 PM

          Well done Eric

  2. Commentators Gravatar  Riaz Khaskheli on 24th May, 2020 at 9:43 PM

    Congrats Erik

  3. Commentators Gravatar  Hindrik Koning on 25th May, 2020 at 4:05 PM

    I like to know more about the handover from design to maintenance, what is the information that should be maintained.

  4. Commentators Gravatar  Jorge Gomez Llata on 16th Jul, 2020 at 9:28 AM

    Interesting concepts Erik,
    I saw the sample video you provided, and the Wrenchtime calculator you shared. I just wondering, which concepts are you assuming would be improved from Step1 to accomplish the proposed Productivity. I understand that Planning & Scheduling means improve via eliminated wastes as time to take parts or so, but, what about the wastes as Personal or Travel Time?
    Thank you for your comments and for gathering this information for the Road to Reliability

    • Commentators Gravatar  Erik Hupjé on 16th Jul, 2020 at 11:00 AM

      Thanks for the comment Jorge. When you implement maintenance planning & scheduling and eliminate various sources of waste like looking for parts or waiting on others you also typically build up a more stable and more disciplined working environment. Planning & Scheduling also reduces a lot of the frustration that technicians experience within a typical reactive maintenance environment. These improvements often lead to reductions in excessive personal time (if that is a problem to begin with). As for travel time, often this is high because of unnecessarily travel because of missing tools or parts, which through the planning & scheduling is improved. The other way that planning & scheduling reduces travel time is by grouping work together.

    • Commentators Gravatar  yasser on 11th Sep, 2020 at 11:36 PM

      Good job

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