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Have You Made This Scheduling Mistake?

by Andy Jordan

Does a project delay of a few days really matter? Yes! Schedule delays are often treated as no big deal, but that’s a dangerous approach. We need to view the schedule as a guideline, not as a weapon.

Hiring a Consultant: What to Do, What Not to Do...and Why

by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP

Is "consultant" a dirty word? Many consultants get a bad name from the fact that they become indistinguishable from the organizational employees that they work alongside. How do you know that hiring a consultant is a good idea?

How Late Is That Task?

by Paul Gosnell

Analyzing a schedule to determine which tasks are late is an important responsibility for all project managers. This article describes a schedule monitoring technique using Microsoft Project's custom fields to find out exactly how much time (work hours) a task is behind.

How Much Time Should Be Spent Planning?

by Stephen Biddle, PMP

How long should we spend on planning as a proportion of the project lifecycle? That's a very good question, and one this practitioner often gets asked. So, is there an answer?

How Risk Mitigation Plans are Incorporated into the Integrated Master Schedule

by John Ayers

How do you incorporate risk mitigation plans into the integrated master schedule (IMS)? It is useful to be able to see the status of the mitigation plan in the IMS and the impact on other tasks if the mitigation plan begins to slip. This discussion presents a risk scenario to show you how to implement a risk mitigation plan on your own projects.

How to Avoid the Project Status Meeting

by Jim Lovell

Project team status meetings are boring. Worse, they take up valuable time. So how then can the project manager get updates from the team on the progress of assigned tasks if not with a weekly status meeting? Through individual status updates.

How to Get More Done

by Braden Kelley

In today's sometimes overwhelming, chaotic world of too many competing demands on your time, you should try succeeding on a whim...or make that a WMMM: What Matters Most Management.

How to Integrate Time Zones for Successful Collaboration

by Mark Kilby

Many managers of distributed agile software teams struggle with time zones. Team members may also struggle with maintaining a traditional eight-hour workday when separated by multiple time zones. Perhaps it’s not the time zones that are the challenge; the real challenge lies in re-thinking the workday of the team.

How to Model Testing in a Project Plan

by Stephen Biddle, PMP

We all know the last thing you do in the project is test it. The question, however, is how to plan for it. The problem with many project plans is that they don't allow for a situation where the test fails, which is almost inevitable. Here's some help.

Hybrid Scheduling: Naming the Elephant

by Mark Romanelli

Project scheduling has long been formally defined in binary terms. It’s time to recognize and name the third form that combines the two: hybrid scheduling.

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