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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.

Balancing Project Schedules and Risk

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by Wesley Gillette, Dean Edmundson

Most projects are not successful. According to a 2014 survey, less than 30% of capital projects are delivered on time or on budget. Planning and executing a successful project requires finding balance between the project schedule and risk.

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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.

Negotiating a Software Development Project Schedule


You’ve come up with a schedule for your software development project. Now how do you get your clients or even your own corporate higher-ups to accept it? If you compress your schedule too much, you won’t meet anyone’s expectations of functionality, cost and timeframe, and your project might fail—right along with your project management career!

Project Status Scorecard


By assigning point values to how well your project is staying on schedule, how many milestones have been met, and if deliverables/products and budget utilization is going according to plan, you'll get a really good feel about how well your project is doing.

Learn From Others

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.
Pick your answer then Test Your Knowledge!

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.

See Queues

by Steve Loving

The project manager can see queues, or systems of flow, but must be skillful in optimizing them and ensuring the best sequence of work packages to finish the project on time. This paper focuses on finding queues and watching queues, with the goal of improving project management practice, and it all starts with identifying queues in your project environment.

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