When it comes to scheduling, you cannot do advanced tasks before covering the basics. Most people want to do PERT analyses and critical path sensitivities, Monte Carlo simulations and applications of earned value techniques. Those tools can be helpful in providing guidance for better decision making, but a lot of ground must be covered first.
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Are you suffering from too much to do and not enough time to do it? Research studies indicate that as much as 60% of our daily workdays is wasted due to unproductive interruptions. In 2005 Basex research stated $588 billion is lost annually to interruptions. Managing projects requires a great deal of planning and time. But where does your time go?
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This Excel sheet performs the calculation for earned value and earned schedule analysis. The forecast resulting from all KPIs [time-based SPI, CPI, CPI (internal), CPI (external) and WPI] is calculated based on the different forecast methods proposed by A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). The user can choose which method shall be used for each KPI.
This sample Excel worksheet includes a Gantt chart with resource estimation (man hour, machine hour) and cost estimation. It provides a quick way to calculate project budget and project selling price.
This Excel tool was developed to assist project managers in preparing simple project/program S-curves by entering a small amount of data and presenting it in a professional report for project participants. The tool calculates activity finish dates, draws a bar chart of activities, distributes cost uniformly over durations and uses generated cost data to present a project cost chart.
This presentation template is a formal customer-facing status report used for medium to larger projects, or for reporting multiple projects with the same stakeholder audience.
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While there are many governance data points that can be gathered and analyzed to help make go/no-go decisions, there are three in this writer's experience that stand out as being the most important.
We generally talk about managing projects that were sold to our customers. But how about the management of a presales project? Is that just like managing any other project? Do we have the same constraints? Is it less stressful?
Like project managers, weather forecasters predict, or forecast, what will happen in the future. But they have an advantage over most PMs when it comes to estimating future uncertainties. Weather forecasters forecast the future more than they predict the future, and forecasts are superior to predictions for aligning stakeholder expectations and improving stakeholder decision making.
Dado la criticidad que el tiempo tiene en el día a día y con mucha importancia en el desarrollo de los proyectos, nos lleva a sugerir las siguientes 10 recomendaciones para la gestión del tiempo en los proyectos y en la vida cotidiana.
Remember that agile is all about delighting the customer? We’ve seen how accustomed we are to dates and deadlines. Should we think of them differently if we work in an agile way?
Sometimes, unnecessarily detailed project work activity breakdown is not just unnecessary, but is bad practice. Learn how to just “get milk” when that's all you need to track at the overall project level.
The following article discuss how fast tracking can lead to project delays, showing the most common risk and pitfalls when applying the technique. It will focus on examples from some projects in Qatar.
This article highlights why project financial assessment is so prone to errors during project monitoring, and illustrates a better practice for applying earned value to analyze and report project schedule and cost data quickly and accurately.
For a long time, the constraints of time, scope and cost have been the key attributes that a project management professional had to handle effectively for project success. However, project success encompasses much more.
Not every project is a multi-year, billion-dollar implementation. Sometimes, you need to get something done in a few weeks or a few months…and the approach to these projects is much different.
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