The sooner that a PM can recognize that not all delays are created equal—and figure out which ones need action taken—the greater the chance of project success. When do you need to start worrying?
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The "dones" process is a low-overhead way for you to stay aligned, avoid micromanagement, and focus on the things that are most important. Use this simple process and its accompanying template to align long-term goals and short-term deliverables.
As a due date approaches, the percentage-complete rates slow down and fluctuate as the reality of the task sets in. Use the 1:1:1 principle to help reduce confusion, increase accountability and protect against “crunchy peanut butter progress.”
Ever hear a project manager say "Everything is critical!" about a schedule's tasks? Don't make that mistake. Understanding the mechanics of critical path is a crucial hard skill that PMs need to master early in their careers.
We're often given an end date and have to work backward to derive when an initiative should start (or should have started). But what about when a project manager is able to provide a start date? That's where the work-forward timebox model can help!
Do you ever play “Bring Me a Rock”? That’s when the manager wants the PM or the people doing the work to reduce their estimate durations. This hurts everyone-—and can lead to watermelon status reports.
Having something that enables a project manager to rough-cut an initiative using some standards can be helpful in providing a lens on whether a date is even remotely achievable. This is where the work-back timebox model comes in.
The attention paid to recording the recent project past can sometimes sound like a captain reading from a ship’s log—a very boring register that no one will ever want to read again. Instead, focus on the future.
Schedule delays are among the most common problems projects face, but how do you manage them properly? That depends on why they’re happening...which isn't always obvious.
As people take time off for the year-end holidays, team capacity fluctuates and planning is a challenge. Here are four options to make the best use of the time and people available, while trying not to create more stress and frustration.