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Saving a Slipping Schedule

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

When a schedule starts to slip, the project manager should be ready to jump in and get things back on track. Here are some strategies the PM can use that do not involve forcing everyone to work 80-hour work weeks.

Deadline: Yesterday?

by Brad Egeland

When missed task deadlines start to become a problem, it’s often due to one or more of four reasons. Examining these key possibilities can help get to the root of the problem--and get the project team back on track toward on-time delivery of critical project tasks.

Reducing Schedule Risk

by Luc K. Richard

One of the most common problems with software development is managing the project schedule. But project milestones are here to help. This article highlights the five principles of the project milestones best practice.

The Five Secrets of Project Scheduling

by Michelle Colodzin

This document defines five factors-or "secrets"-which, when consistently implemented together, result in project schedules that are more likely to be used and maintained throughout the life of a project. A project schedule that is followed and maintained throughout a project can provide early identification of potential schedule slippage, project risks and other issues.

List of Common Schedule Risks

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This list and overview of common schedule risks will help you maintain vigilance against pitfalls that can interrupt, stop or ruin your software development project.

Project Impact and Recommendations Report

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Improved deliverable! Would you like to have a lot of explaining to do in the end about why your project fell short of its mark? Probably not! Report any issues that may adversely impact project schedule, resourcing, budget, scope or other key project elements, and propose alternative solutions that will minimize the impact. Don't forget to get the requisite formal approvals.

Schedule Checklist

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This checklist will help you build and refine your project schedule. After you have determined the time needed to produce the deliverables and conduct the activities (the basics), you need to allocate time for all the extras and the potential unexpecteds that will come back and bite you if you overlook them.

Project Schedule Risk Assessment

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How risky is your project schedule? This assessment template will help you catch scheduling risks and address them before they become problems.

Developing Your Schedule: Concurrent Risk Analysis

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.

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