Robotic (Quebec City, Canada), Free the maker of robot stop-offers and different add-ons, now gives new software templates for download from its online aid middle to help collaborative robots beginners save time programming their robotic. The templates are said to simplify the robotic’s programming so it could be positioned to mission faster.

“Even the most effective robotic on the earth needs to be programmed,” says Robotic Integration train David Gariépy. “We preprogrammed the maximum currently-used functions to provide a consumer-friendly answer that allows many humans at the same time. The primary coding is already finished, so new operators have something first of all.”

The application templates facilitate the implementation of many not unusual programs the usage of Robotics and Universal Robots merchandise. Every bundle consists of an application document containing the template for a specific application, a step-by way of step procedure describing the way to use the utility itself and an illustration video. The templates enable automation employees starting with collaborative robots to hit the ground running with a prebuilt program structure this is less difficult to evolve to their packages’ specific wishes. Four program templates are now to be had on Robotiq’s internet site, with a brand new software expected to pop out every week.

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Warning! Top 3 Problems With Project Schedule Templates

Templates

As a project manager, there are many times that you have to draw up a schedule from scratch. Sometimes, you may be stuck as to how to go about the schedule or not but often you will be handed a schedule and told to just use this as a template. (Note: I use the template in his article for schedules from previous projects and also standard departmental issued templates.)

This may seem like a great idea at first because a lot of the stuff is right there for you. All the tasks seem neatly laid out. You think to yourself: This is just what you needed. This will save a whole lot of time. But beware. Not everything is as easy as it seems.

Here are just a few reasons as to why you should not automatically take that schedule and run with it, tweaking here and there.

Problem #1: MS Project Does Some Funky Stuff
I don’t even think the people at Microsoft have figured out how delicate and intricate their software really is. I can’t even count a number of times, I have slightly modified a task on my schedule and then something really odd happens. And I mean really odd. So odd that a few times, I was going in circles so much, I just deleted the task and added it back so that it all worked again.

Now take someone’s old schedule and start modifying it for your own use and you lose a lot of control as to the amount of funky stuff that can happen. This may be a risk you can live with on a small schedule but I’d rather not take that risk on a large project.

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Problem #2: Try to Follow That Predecessor-Successor
Predecessors can be so tricky in a schedule unfamiliar to you that may think you just followed that rabbit down the rabbit hole. Change one duration and the whole schedule may go out of whack. You can attempt to follow those predecessors to find what just happened but then that was just for one change. If you have to add more tasks to the template, then you are quite at a loss without breaking some relationships. This is a task that can become frustrating especially if you are well into your project.

Problem #3: Try to Make Sense of the Template
Then there are a whole lot of other problems that can get you into trouble when trying to make heads or tails of a previous Project file. These can include such things as Deadlines, Resources, Task Types, Date Constraints, etc. A whole slew of MS Project “features” can truly drive you crazy trying to figure out why the schedule doesn’t seem right. You can go individually and clean these all up depending on the size of the project file but you have to look for each item first and that will take a lot of work.

So, What to Do
Okay, now I am not saying that templates are not worthwhile but you have to be careful about how you use them. A template should be a guide. Look at it as: here are some items that I should consider in my project. A good template covers a full blown project. Your project may be smaller so you don’t need all those elements.

And there is also a converse. It is a good idea that if you have a project with more complexity or other items than the template shows, you should add those to the “template” for future reference.

A template also does not bypass the steps for creating a project schedule. You should always have a Work Breakdown Structure and a Resource Breakdown Structure, and you should still develop a schedule on your own. However, the template provides some backup help and also should provide assistance in developing a proper WBS. So, word of advice, be careful and try to avoid reusing old Project files. Even developing a “standard” template to be reused can get very difficult to manage. But, have a template, definitely!

Tony Agent is the Principal Consultant and Project Management Trainer at Salvantra Associates. Salvantra Associates is a project management and project planning consulting company located in the Washington,

The Pros and Cons of Accepting or Rejecting Counter Offers

Offers

A DILEMMA: Having taken a decision to leave your company for greener pastures, and then receive a counter-offer, puts you in a dilemma. The stakes are very high and whatever decision you arrive at has its own implications. Your current employer is in an advantageous position because you are still in their employment. They are basically motivating you to consider withdrawing your acceptance of the offer from your prospective employer. In a subtle way, they are rejecting your resignation. They are dangling a carrot to you.

MESSAGES: This counter offer is sending various career management messages to the three parties.

• TO CURRENT EMPLOYER: They have overlooked and underestimated your importance until other industry partners identified it first and tried to snatch you away from them. This is often happening to staff that the company has developed internally.

• TO PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYER: Well done, you were spot on in the search, and the current employer is now a spoiler and does not want to let go of this hot talent you have just discovered. They never saw you coming. They have been ignorant of your capabilities and career growth.

• TO YOU, THE EMPLOYEE: You have value to add to either your current or prospective employer. You are a hot talent and wanted by both companies. There must be something about you that makes you a unique talent. The question you must answer is: do you know what is your unique value proposition that makes the two companies fight over you? If you do not know your value proposition, you are going to undersell yourself or take a wrong career decision.

DECISIVENESS: this is the time for you to be decisive about your career direction post this dilemma. If you take emotional decisions, you are likely to be hurt. You have to stay at your rational mind in taking career decisions at all times. This is the moment at which you need to reach out to your career coach and mentor. If you do not have a career coach and/or mentor, you better find one. You cannot be alone in the management of your career.

CRITICAL POINT: The counter offer is not a counter offer if it is not an official commitment to you in writing, from appropriate decision maker at your current employer. It should be more than money but include other employment benefits that will make you want to reconsider. Do not put yourself under unnecessary pressure, even though your current employer would prefer that you move swiftly to abandon your decision to join your prospective employer.

LONG HAUL: Once you have decided to change your mind and accept the counter offer, this becomes a second time around at your current employer. You are re-contracting with your current employer and it cannot be business as usual. Your priority must be about preserving and/or re-positioning your personal brand:

• You are going to stay, and it will have to be a long-haul to avoid being labeled as someone who does not know what to do with self.

• If you, next time, decide to accept another offer from outside, you cannot allow another counter offer situation to happen. That would be damaging to your personal brand.

ORIGINAL REASON: It is important that you keep your original reason for resigning in mind. In most cases, the situation that made you consider leaving would not have changed.