Probably one of the most important questions out there is, what is Takt? Is it like CPM? Is it separate from the Last Planner® System? Does the word stand for something as an acronym? Well, you have come to the right place to find out. Let’s takt, …oops, I mean take this journey together.
So what is Takt? Takt planning is a scheduling method that is highly visual, shows all three types of flow, is scheduled with rhythm, continuity, and consistency, that has buffers, in one-process flow, which limits work-in-process, and has a reasonable project duration. Let’s break these down one by one:
A Visual Schedule:
A Takt Plan is a plan that can usually be shown on a single page. The format is so simple it lends itself to being highly visible. In the format you see below, the columns represent a time duration, the rows represent a Takt Zone, and the colored boxes represent a scope of work, or trade, or package of scopes and trades. So, each box or cell represents the visualization of time and space. To be a Takt plan, it must be a visual schedule like the one you see below.
Three Types of Flow:
A Takt plan must see all three types of flow; workflow, trade flow, & logistical flow. Work flow is the flow of continuous work within an area on the project. Trade flow is the flow of a trade or trades from area to area in a flow, and logistical flow is the flow from area to area in an ordered sequence, which also dictates the ordered sequence of design, coordination, procurement, buyout, and permissions. Only a Takt plan can show you all three types of flow. As you will learn later in this blog series, you must have high levels of work flow and trade flow to be successful. In traditional schedules, you can only see a limited amount of work flow and logistical flow. This is a problem because you need high levels of trade flow to finish well on a project. In conclusion, you must be able to see all three types of flow for it to be a Takt plan.
In conclusion, we don’t want users, software developers, and critics to start using Takt planning the wrong way and labeling it with a bad name and reputation. What is described above is a Takt plan. We hope you have found this helpful as you take your Takt journey. This is the way.