Project management techniques help to establish order and clear lines of responsibility and can be invaluable tools for successful implementation of due diligence efforts. The application of a WBS and a project schedule remove the potential bias of a “done deal” mentality and focus the effort to develop an informed opinion.
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There are many available techniques for estimation; however, during the RFP/proposal stage, estimation becomes a challenge due to the high level of scope and information, short durations, urgent submissions, etc. One has to rely on a work breakdown methodology and past experience to derive the schedule, effort and resource requirements. This sample template will help you log a variety of planning activities.
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.
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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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.
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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.
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