Dependencies are a fundamental part of project planning, but not many people get it right. Here’s a primer on how it should work.
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New technologies, hybrid projects, the launch of a PMO—when the environment is constantly changing, how do you craft a schedule (or multiple schedules) for project success? Discover timely answers here—and only here—at the PMI Scheduling Conference 2017, exclusively for PMI members.
Love project scheduling? Or just want to learn what’s new in the world of project scheduling? Attend the PMI Scheduling Conference – exclusively for PMI Members. Learn the latest in scheduling best practices not available anywhere outside of PMI. We’ll share tips and tools from real-life projects and programs.
This session will walk the attendee through 10 practices that are sure to be problematic. Topics will include but are not limited to: 1. Including summary tasks in project sequencing; 2. Assigning resources to summary tasks; 3. Constraining activities rather than sequencing dynamically; 4. Scheduling project tasks as late as possible; 5. Leveling resources without analysis; 6. Inadequate baselining techniques; 7. Using elapsed durations for team schedules; 8. Incorrect calendar association resulting in incorrect schedules; 9. Organizing project tasks incorrectly forcing incorrect reports. 10. Dismissing Agile Tools Objectives: After attending this session the attendee should be able to: 1) identify inappropriate practices in their MS Project schedules. 2) Resolve issues created by these practices and 3) leverage their learning in future project plans by avoiding the recurrence of inappropriate practices.
This webinar provides an introduction to Delay Analysis; Forensic Planning; and Scheduling and how they relate to Extension of Time Requests preparation and submission. Attendees will learn: Delay types and how disputes arise; the difference between the Critical Path and the Longest Path; delay analysis / forensic planning/ scheduling techniques and when to use each technique; and tips on preparing successful Extension of Time Requests.
Según el reporte PMI Pulse of the Profession 2018, aproximadamente el 50% de los proyectos no llegan a cumplir con el presupuesto original ni con el tiempo establecido para su ejecución, monitoreo y cierre. Casi 47% de estos proyectos sufrieron corrupción de su alcance original, siendo considerados como un fracaso en su gestión integral. Son estadísticas que alertan a la disciplina de la dirección de proyectos a tomar acciones inmediatas para su mejora. La auditoría aporta un valor significativo en la gestión del ciclo de vida de un proyecto, desde sus fases de conceptualización y pre-factibilidad, hasta su transición a la operación y medición de generación de valor mediante la gestión de realización de sus beneficios. Dicha relevancia es evidenciada, al incluir a la auditoría como una herramienta y técnica en algunos de los 49 procesos descritos en el PMBOK. No obstante, en la actualidad no existe un estándar de auditoría claramente difundido y entendido en la comunidad de Dirección de Proyectos, que brinde lineamientos claves sobre que documentos y técnicas lúdicas pueden contribuir en la detección de anomalías en cualquier punto del proyecto y sobre cualquier área de conocimiento, y que permita establecer acciones correctivas/preventivas previo al fracaso. Como consecuencia, es de vital importancia transmitir a los directores de proyectos la necesidad de aprender nuevas herramientas analíticas de auditoría, que les permitan evaluar el desempeño general en la administración de un proyecto, con el propósito de garantizar el éxito en la consecución de sus objetivos alineados a los beneficios esperados por la organización ejecutora.
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This WBS Generator allows you to create a work breakdown structure by updating an Excel table and clicking a button. Users can create conditional formats to highlight keywords, change the options to modify the look and feel, maintain the WBS with on-the-fly updates, and add second- and third-level boxes. By creating custom conditional formats, project managers focus stakeholder attention to key points in the WBS. Code has been updated to run on Excel 365.
The tool creates a Gantt chart that can be used for presentations. Using this planner for "what-if" upfront planning is faster and easier than trying to do it in real time with dedicated project software. The tool easily allows adding comments or annotations to a Gantt chart, re-arranging tasks into logical flows, or showing multiple tasks in a single row.
The template is a detailed IT Resource Master Plan that includes the labor resources required to produce the project deliverable. The Resource Master Plan can be a living document that is actively maintained and managed throughout the life of an IT project. This also contains the Resource Ramp-up Chart to help plan project teamwork effort burn rates (and analyze their burn-rate forecast).
While actively participating in mentorship during a project with a local design/build firm, this practitioner compiled an overview of the project management process as detailed in PMI’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Use this overview with other project managers as a tool to reference in your day-to-day PM activities (as well as share with new project managers).
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Coordination plays an important role in both project and supply chain management, especially in regard to complicated engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) projects. Analysis of supply chain management for a floating production storage and offloading unit (FPSO) building illustrates the differences between traditional-industry and complicated EPCC projects.
Using a component-based work breakdown structure (WBS) can enhance your organization’s planning efficiency. Components can be put into a “catalog of components” to be used as “building blocks” to quickly construct a baseline project management plan. Components are a simple solution to give you a starting point and transfer useful knowledge from project to project.
In this article, schedule variance is modeled to show the comparison and relationship of actual project progress and the schedule baseline. The underlying linear model of the schedule performance index (SPI) is explained and visualized with the budget square chart. The limits of the linear SPI approach are shown, and then an improved non-linear visualization is explored.
Chaos loves a vacuum. New project managers often struggle with managing their time. That leads to things getting missed—and disaster will soon follow.
Updated for iterative, incremental or agile project life cycles, the newly released Practice Standard for Work Breakdown Structures — Third Edition is an essential tool to help practitioners organize, plan and track a project’s total scope. Find out how!
Project plans are still being built based on guesswork, and those plans and associated schedules become “locked” as the deadline the project must deliver against and the number of people needed to do the work. As a project manager, you must avoid falling into that trap.
Project managers are regularly called on to coordinate event projects. The list provided here includes some tips from event management experts, who share some best practices.
We all know the last thing you do in the project is test it. The question, however, is how to plan for it. The problem with many project plans is that they don't allow for a situation where the test fails, which is almost inevitable. Here's some help.
Project managers live and die by the performance of projects against their schedule, yet many of them don’t know how to measure that performance. To truly understand what’s going on with their projects, it’s important for new PMs to avoid falling into the “percent complete” trap in the first place.
Many things make it difficult to sustain a positive project environment. The solution is to ensure that our attention to task definition, task assignment and task monitoring is acute.
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