Project Management

What tools are available to help me effectively create a project schedule?

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Open/Cut Activity Schedule

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When there's a lot of digging going on, you need to keep track of how, what and where. This form is designed to keep you from being buried up to your neck in confusion.

Project Schedule Worksheet

PREMIUM deliverable

Use this form to record project schedule information on small or simple projects.

Resource Planning Guidelines

PREMIUM deliverable

Once the project scheduling is completed, the right resource must be allocated to tasks. One must identify over- or under-commitment of resources. Next, you need to optimize the plan by analyzing dependencies, resource conflicts and revising the schedules as necessary. The following guidelines and sample format for resource planning will help you do these activities, based on the following project management model.

Project Scheduling Guidelines

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After developing the work breakdown structure and identifying the lowest level elements, the next step is to do the scheduling for the project. The activities involved are estimating the duration of all tasks identified in the WBS, determining the logical dependencies amongst the tasks and creating a timeline for the tasks. The following guidelines will help you do these activities.

An Effective Mindset for Building NPD Schedules

by Dan Renier
October 15, 2013 | 61:14 | Views: 502 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.08 / 5

For NPD projects, a good mindset for scheduling, controlling, and closing NPD project schedules is warranted. Your Job: provide scheduling software with information related to the schedule. Tool’s Job: create and manage the schedule. The YJTJ concepts provide the foundational building blocks that enable successful project, resource, and portfolio management.

Developing Your Schedule: Concurrent Risk Analysis

by Vincent McGevna
November 28, 2012 | 45:43 | Views: 264 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 3.76 / 5

Too often project managers create schedules that are optimistic or “success oriented” -- there is an assumption that the work will flow smoothly, that nothing will go wrong. Risk identification is an important process to anticipate what could go wrong, so you can deal with it in your plan. Concurrent risk analysis is about identifying risks as a natural part of developing your schedule so that when your schedule is complete it reflects the major risks in your project. That is, your project plan will not be strictly “success oriented.” This is important when there is tremendous pressure to create a schedule quickly and the project manager is tempted to put off risk analysis until after the schedule is complete.

Basics of Scheduling

by Tammo Wilkens
March 27, 2012 | 45:24 | Views: 1,251 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.26 / 5

The purpose of the webinar is to give attendees a thorough understanding of how to create and use a CPM schedule to bring projects in on time, as well as understand some of the pitfalls of poor network design. If you are new to scheduling, this will help you get a jump start to understanding the mechanics and benefits of good scheduling practices; if you are a veteran of scheduling, you may discover a thing or two that will work better for you in bringing projects in on time.

Basics of Scheduling - Part 2

by Tammo Wilkens
June 26, 2012 | 45:25 | Views: 319 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.21 / 5

The purpose of the webinar series is to give attendees an understanding of how to make the CPM schedule model work FOR you. To register, click on the "Register" link on this page. If you missed part 1, the webinar presented in March, you can access the recording on the SCoP website (under the WEBINARS tab, choose the filter for “Recorded Webinars”.)

How OCM Impacts Project Scheduling

by Margot Halstead
May 30, 2012 | 65:59 | Views: 659 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.17 / 5

The final webinar in our Organizational Change Management (OCM) series discusses OCMs role as it relates to and impacts project scheduling. In this webinar we will answer the questions - How does training drive the schedule? Do you "Love or Lump"? We will cover tips and techniques you can directly implement into your project schedule that will make you the master of your schedule.

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