Scheduling Blog Series Part 8 – Tracking a Schedule

Tracking a Schedule – Scheduling Blog Series Part 8 Intended Audience If you schedule has these properties: 1.       Number of resources -times- number of activities > 60, 2.       Activities with predecessors > 75% of all activities, 3.       Meeting the end date is important, Then you should allow schedule software to predict the end date.  Introduction…

Scheduling Blog Series Part 6 – When Scheduling Software Makes Sense

Criteria for Needing Scheduling Software and Expertise Winston Churchill wrote in his book The Gathering Storm about events leading to WWII.  He described why he created a statistics department in his Admiralty.  He did it to collate data about ship movements and logistics so that information could improve decision-making when events demanded action.  The germ…

Scheduling Blog Series Part 5: Earned Value for Business Owners

Introduction Wouldn’t you like to know whether your projects are “on-cost” and “on-time” anytime during the project?  Earned Value allows this determination to happen.  Earned value is an abstract concept, but it is more understandable to the business person when it’s compared to an income statement’s revenue recognition.   Some project scheduling software allows the computation…

Scheduling Blog Series Part 4: Devil’s in the Duration

Schedule Blog Series Part 4: Devil’s in the Duration Introduction A project schedule is constructed with activities.  Activities represent individual pieces of work, when organized properly, define how the project is to get completed.  Activities embody a name, duration, and optionally other data.  This article will discuss determining duration. Type of Project Influences Duration Determination…

Scheduling Blog Series Part 3 – Planning the Schedule

Part 3 – Planning the Schedule Introduction This article discusses schedule preparation so that the project manager can proceed confidently into project scheduling.  The article discusses using a proven tool, the two-dimensional Work Breakdown Structure. A schedule needs to represent all analyses, engineering, materials, equipment, software, testing, demonstration, documentation, and other work needed to complete…
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