In line with our ethos of enabling our team members to manage their own working life, we expect everyone working at GreenShoot Labs to take responsibility for their own work schedule (aka 'self-scheduling').

This means that no-one determines at a detailed level, what you do and when – you take on commitments to deliver your accountabilities (project work and non-project work). You then manage your time, location and dependencies to make this happen.

The tool we use for managing schedules is called Forecast.

Why is this important?

The information that’s kept in Forecast about who’s planning on spending how many hours doing what, is really important.

It means project teams can easily see who’s working on what and when, and it feeds into our daily and weekly business reporting, so that we know exactly what capacity we have to sell to new clients or use in other ways.

As a business, time is all we sell, so having a pretty watertight way of recording time (Harvest) and planning time (Forecast) is vital.

So what do I have to do?

Know your own schedule. Keep it up-to-date when things change on projects and use it to show how you want to organise your work.

You have to choose the best working location to be able to get your work done. That could be ensuring you’re face-to-face when that’s necessary or somewhere quiet when you really need to work alone.

If you have gaps emerging, it’s your responsibility to see how you can move things around to maximise your billability. That might include changes like starting a task earlier, spending some time working on a different project or working on an R&D project.

Who changes my schedule?

One of the challenges that some team members have experienced with self-scheduling, is that other people have moved their schedules around or added/removed things.

That makes it pretty tricky to practice self-scheduling effectively.

The main person who should be changing your work schedule is you.

There may be times when someone else, for example a Project Manager, may need to make some changes in the wider interests of a project. That’s ok but if someone else needs to change it, they must speak with you to let you know what they’re changing and why.

What if I can’t make my commitments fit into my schedule?

While we expect everyone to be actively managing their own schedule, sometimes you can end up with more commitments in your schedule than it’s possible to fit into the time available.

If this happens, don’t suffer in silence. Speak up!