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Non standard framework for project and work progress monitoring
Dear PMs,
which control framework or approach (a non traditional one, EV is useless) is recommended to monitor the progress of a project of a student team/organizations (so, non-quantifiable and predictable hours of work/member and of course unpaid resources) participating in multiple challenge with the same 'hardware' (like a mix between Waterfall and Agile)?
And why ?
What impact on OBS / WBS ?
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If you are talking about how to control the progress of the project to understand if you are far or not from the objective (and to each activity) my recommendation is using some methods that are presenting as agile approach related but it is not, like burn down charts. Mike Cohn´s website could help you. I have invented my own method by today my actual work place is the owner then I can not share it. But in the basement is about to relate: total duration of a task, total work to be done in the task, remained duration of the task, remained work for the. If the remained duration is less than the remained work to be done then you have a problem.
David -

Visualize the work and workflow using a work board of some type. Then, if it makes sense, you can slowly evolve into use of the Kanban (a la David Anderson) method...

A simple method I frequently use is a network diagram with some added enhancements.

You lay out the sequence of tasks in a typical network diagram, but each box contains more information. The format I use includes both planned and actual start/finish dates. Progress can be tracked by partially shading in the box to a rough % complete, with a reference line for where you expected to be.

While you might not know how many hours a task will take, you better have some idea of what "complete" looks like, how much you have left, and how long it takes. If not, you're unlikely to meet your objectives. This graphical method at least provides a picture of all the work and a subjective view of whether or not you think you are on track.

I also like to include a linear timeline with network diagrams. It helps to depict how far along you are, and whether you still have a lot to do and are running out of time, or whether all is well. A series of boxes doesn't do that well unless you draw them to scale which is a graphics arts nightmare to maintain.

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