How Fashion Designers Can Benefit from Utilizing a Timeline as a Project Management Tool

Think of the most unorganised project you’ve ever worked on, whether it was for work or for personal reasons. Have you experienced any difficulties with it, such as missing the deadlines? In most cases, including a timeline in a project can be beneficial to the outcome of the endeavour. But what exactly is a project timeline tool, and how exactly can it help you ensure that your garment production stays on schedule? Continue reading to learn more about the Timeline that MakersValley has developed specifically for fashion brands, as well as how you can use it to optimise your capacity to project manage the quality of your fashion products as well as the deadlines for their production.

The Numerous Advantages That Come With Utilizing a Timeline Tool for Fashion Brands and Designers

A timeline is a graphical representation of the progression of time, according to the most fundamental understanding of the term. The Timeline that designers have access to within MakersValley, for example, makes this abundantly evident by appending a timestamp to each status update. This timestamp tells the designer of the precise moment that each message, image, or video upload took place.

A timeline is used in the business world for several purposes, including project management, communication, and quality assurance. Because of this tool, members of the team working on the project can be located anywhere in the world, and they can still keep track of their time, raw materials, and milestones. Additionally, they can determine the appropriate expectations for the project, as well as clear deadlines, before the project even begins. In general, integrating a timeline tool into the fashion sampling and production projects you’re working on enables you to:

due to the many advantages including:

  •  Open lines of communication between all parties concerned
  •  Easier project tracking
  •  Better time management
  •  Easier job prioritisation

A fashion designer’s day is filled with a variety of responsibilities, many of which can be simplified with the help of a timeline, including the following:

  •  Paying attention to and successfully navigating cyclical fashion trends
  •  Placing orders for the necessary tools and materials to complete deliverables
  •  Working on projects in conjunction with other designers in a team setting
  •  Making pitches to the heads of creative departments
  •  Going to different factories and commercial fairs
  •  Being in charge of the whole production of the project

The Timeline Approach Taken by MakersValley for the Fashion Industry

The MakerValley Timeline provides fashion designers with a number of benefits that are tailored to their industry and help them monitor key junctures in the development of their items. The designer is able to watch their creation come to life at each stage of the sample and production process if they follow these project updates and ask for them. During the course of design projects, this one-of-a-kind timeline approach ensures that fashion designers, their MakersValley account manager, and their factory partner in Italy remain in constant and clear communication with one another. This ensures that the fashion designer makes the most of their time during the stages of sourcing, sampling, and production.

The work that our factories generate for designers comes with the expectation that it will be of a high quality by default. This is due to the fact that MakersValley’s mission is to connect high-quality brands with high-end manufacturers in Italy. The following are the actions that we recommend to designers so that they can use Timeline to ensure that the quality of their design project is maintained at all stages:

Step one is to establish a communication standard that all aspects of the project will adhere to. The design project Timeline or the design project messages will be the locations at which all of the communication that takes place between the fashion designers who produce their apparel with MakersValley, their account managers, and their Italian factory partners will take place for every design project that the designers work on. Timeline is a useful tool since it enables clear communication, which is one of its benefits.

In the second step, designers are provided with useful and quality-controlled project updates.

When a designer’s factory match begins the process of making the designer’s samples, the factory’s craftsmen will submit photographs and videos to the online MakersValley Timeline. The quality assurance staff based in Italy that MakersValley employs is always keeping a close eye on the quality of each and every product update. Email notifications are sent to the designer as well as their assigned account manager anytime Timeline publishes an artisan update from Italy.

Step 3 involves communicating any problems with the samples with both the account manager and our employees based in Italy. When the quality assurance procedure is complete, the MakersValley team in Italy that handles quality assurance (QA) communicates this information to the factory as well as the designer’s account manager. If there are no problems or flaws, the sample will be sent out for distribution. In the event that there are problems with the sample’s quality, the factory will either develop a new sample or rework the existing one. In the meantime, the designer’s account manager will use Timeline to keep the designer up to date and provide them with an accurate estimation of when their new sample and second quality assurance check will be finished. Timeline simplifies the process of identifying and communicating issues that are occurring in real time in this way.

Step 4: Based on the designer’s comments, the account manager communicates with the factory to seek any necessary adjustments. The factory responds to these requests by sending updated photos, videos, and information on the status of the product along with particular specifics. The visual component of Timeline is significant in this instance since it offers the highest possible level of clarity regarding the appearance of the product or sample.

Although we’ve categorised this as Step 4, it actually takes place all the way through the sampling and production stages of the process.

The fifth step is that the sample is successful in passing the initial quality assurance test. If, after being evaluated by the factory, the sample is found to fulfil all of the requirements that are listed on MakersValley’s confidential “Quality Assurance Checklist,” the manufacturer will upload photos and video of the finished sample to Timeline and then ship the sample from their location to the MakersValley Italian QA office for evaluation.

Step 6: The sample has been given a satisfactory rating in its second quality evaluation. The sample is examined one last time by the quality assurance team in Italy at MakersValley using our in-house developed, multi-step QA Checklist. After that, they will provide the designer with an update in Timeline and will then send the sample to the designer for their own evaluation.

The seventh step is for the designer to examine and validate the sample. After the fashion designer has received and examined the sample, if they determine that no further samples are required, they will finish filling out an agreement form that contracts their manufacturing partner to create a certain number of their approved design. MakersValley will provide the factory the final, designer-approved contract as well as the manufacturing timelines after the fashion designer has paid the production invoice.

This step brings the Timeline for the project’s Sampling phase to an end and opens up the one for the Production phase.

Step 8: The fashion designer is kept in the loop throughout the production process by receiving timeline updates from the factory. The factory will give image and video updates through Timeline, just as it did during the sampling phase; however, the most notable difference is that the designer will be able to observe the production of a greater number of things this time around.

Step 9: The completed production order is subjected to separate quality assurance inspections by the plant and the QA team located in Italy working with MakersValley. Now that the finished products have been assembled, the manufacturing facility completes the MakersValley Quality Assurance Form and sends a portion of the order to our office in Italy so that it may be inspected. The quality assurance procedure for these is the same as that for the samples.

In the tenth and final step, the fashion designer gives their stamp of approval to the shipment of the finished product. After the factory has completed production, the MakersValley team will send the production shipping invoice to the designer. This billing will include the costs of any applicable customs duties, taxes, and freight fees. After the designer has paid the invoice, Timeline will ship the order, and they will communicate with the designer to let them know that their things are on their way.

MakersValley developed Timeline in order to improve communication, provide quality control for both the designers and factories with which we collaborate, and provide a realistic portrayal of product samples at various stages during the production process. In the end, MakersValley’s Timeline provides designers with confidence in an industry where it can frequently be difficult due to language hurdles, time zone variances, and uneven project management.

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