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Creating “Risk-Ready” Project Schedules

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by Wesley Gillette

In this session we’ll define what it means for a schedule to be “risk-ready” and identify common schedule checks that can be used to improve schedule quality and risk-readiness.

Establishing Risk-based Schedule and Cost Contingency

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by Wesley Gillette

Establishing and managing schedule and cost contingency are integral to project risk management. Yet many organizations still struggle to define and adopt best practices that provide the organization confidence in their contingency setting processes.

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Statistical PERT™ (SPERT™) Task Estimation Worksheet

by William Davis

Statistical PERT uses standard functions for the normal distribution that come built-in to Microsoft Excel. Using these two functions, SPERT can create endless estimates with probabilities ranging between 0 and 100%. SPERT allows estimators to subjectively indicate how likely the most likely outcome really is. With SPERT, an estimator’s subjective opinion changes the SPERT standard deviation, and that affects the SPERT-created probabilities associated with SPERT estimates. To be used in conjunction with the accompany article Introducing Statistical PERT.

Sample Project Costing Schedule

by Randy Yee

Here's an excellent example of a project costing schedule for an IT project with an emphasis on personnel costs.

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Capturing Schedule Updates

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

The schedule needs to stay up to date if the project is going to proceed on time and be successful. Keep these tips in mind when developing a strategy for capturing schedule updates to ensure the success of the project.

Start with the Scope

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

Projects get started for various different reasons--and with varying levels of understanding. The scope is one of the most important items to settle on as soon as possible at the beginning of the project.

Combating Resource Management Pitfalls

by Angela Bunner

Efficient management of employee resources puts projects on the road to success. On the same token, failing to manage resources properly can lead to project blunders, overtime, budget overflow and other damaging results.

Generating a Useful Construction Activities Work Schedule

by Edwin Rivera Sierra

Construction project planning requires creating detailed construction activities work schedules. Being organized with all your construction documents can minimize missing key information. Learn how to develop a clear and complete schedule, and how it can make a complex project seem a bit easier to handle.

Combining Soft Skills and Hard Tools for Better Software Estimates

by Carol Dekkers

One measure of project success hinges on the ability of the estimator to predict the right schedule and budget, since projects that go over budget or fall behind are deemed failures. This article looks at the factors behind the difficulty of getting good estimates and suggests a combination of psychology (soft skills) and science (robust estimation software) to increase project success rates.

Program and Production Scheduling

by Rob Seiler Jerry Insall

The use of program and production scheduling integrates project information and obtains the commitment of the organization while providing a way to track and update status. Through an organization-wide iterative approach to scheduling and a commitment to schedule deadlines, unity in project effort can be achieved.

Topic Teasers Vol. 25: Wooing Functional Managers

by Barbee Davis, MA, PHR, PMP, PMI-ACP

Question: My team is made up of people who work for several different functional departments. When not working on my project work, they also produce for other project teams. How can I estimate how long my project will take when I never know if people are available when I need them?
A. Add a +15% pad to the project estimate, then meet with functional managers to set up an on-demand workflow system.
B. Ask each potential team member to vow to put aside what is on their desk if your project work needs to be done.
C. Ask Human Resources to institute a 10% bonus for the workers if your project meets the original project estimate deadline.
D. Demand a dedicated team from upper management, as this is the only efficient way to do a project.
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Don't Forget the Schedule Process!

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

Having a schedule process is sometimes more important than having a schedule. A schedule without a process to keep it up will turn into just a wistful dream about how one person thinks the project should go. Here are some points to ponder.

Starting a Project Schedule from Scratch

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

When creating a project schedule, most project managers use templates or old project plans that can be repurposed for the new project. There are times, however, when it is necessary to build a schedule from scratch--a task that is far more difficult

A Better Burndown for More Accurate Sprint Planning

by Todd Bookless

One of the secrets of a practitioner's success is that I he has varied from the traditional burndown chart and sprint estimation suggestions that are taught when a person learns about Scrum. If you have had issues with making accurate burndown charts that reliably tell you when your sprint will finish, then perhaps his suggestions can help.

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