Flexibility is the Key
The scheduling is always a dynamic element and at Point of Light we maintain contacts with additional freelance staffing who work with us regularly. In addition to our staff of six, we have a diverse pool of assistant designers, draftsmen, coordinators and technicians that stand at the ready to work with us on projects. Much the same as other project based vendors, we add to our full-time staff as required for our project load. Our capability at being adaptive to additional staffing needs is what allows us to keep on track with aggressive schedules.
Upon beginning a project, we would setup a meeting with the project scheduler to determine the most critical timelines and begin focusing our resources toward those needs. Simultaneously we would begin to create critical path schedules internally and begin allocating staffing to achieve those timelines. The name of the game with aggressive schedules is to understand the need and adapt to meet that need if current staffing will not achieve those goals. While some unrealistic schedule demands cannot be met by any amount of additional staffing, we work to understand the need and provide a solution to achieve the goal.