Using a slot-based schedule can be beneficial for teams that need to prioritize work and get tasks done. This can help to improve team productivity and increase engagement. In addition, it can help to organize meetings and appointments. Professionals can use the method to allocate tools and resources, establish important deadlines, and ensure that everyone is working together towards the same goal.

When choosing a slot estimator, you need to determine which capacity level will work best for your workload. You may also want to view the impact of increasing or decreasing slots.

BigQuery’s slot recommender allows you to evaluate the performance of slot capacity. This helps you model the effect of changing the number of slots on job performance. You can then use this information to make cost recommendations for reservations and on-demand billing.

In addition to providing you with a general idea of the cost of adding or reducing slots, the slot estimator can also help you analyze the effect of changing jobs on peak utilization periods. You can then model the impact of moving jobs to reservations, identifying peak utilization periods, and determining how job latency percentiles will change.

You can even view the estimated 7-day change statistic for each model. This statistic represents the estimated change in the total hours spent processing jobs in the seven days prior to the estimate.

The slot-based method can also be used to organize informal meetings. It can be useful for organizing evaluation reviews and presentations with managers and employees. It can also encourage open communication between departments.