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Strategic Planning: The Knapsack Problem

by Bart Gerardi

It can be tempting to fill up your strategic planning "bag" using all available information and resources. But doing so can cause problems as the plan progresses. Sometimes leaving some things out of the initial plan is better down the road.

Don't Forget Standard Deviation!

by Andy Jordan

Project managers often focus a lot on developing estimates, but sometimes they ignore the most important aspect of those estimates. Let's discuss the importance of standard deviation.

Back to PM Basics (Part 6): How Long Will My Project Take?

by Bruce Garrod

How do we differentiate between effort and duration? What estimating techniques can we use to determine how long work will take to complete? As we continue to build a foundation of project management knowledge, we explore this crucial aspect of project plans.

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.

Task Duration Estimation: A Simple Solution

by Kevin Moorman

You can use a simple spreadsheet to make a reasonable best guess of the likely duration of a given task. This explanation of three-point estimates and simple triangle probability distribution—along with its accompanying Microsoft Excel spreadsheet—can be used to conduct a Monte Carlo simulation.

The Pros and Cons of Soft Dependencies

by Andy Jordan

Dependencies are a critical part of project planning, but they aren’t always as clear cut as they may at first appear. A better understanding of hard and soft dependencies can help.

5 Ws to Ask When Your Work Schedule Gets Interrupted

by Oghenevwogaga Johnson

A lot of emergencies and unplanned tasks interrupt our daily work schedule. What can we do when this happens? Ask yourself these five Ws to help maintain sanity, be productive at work and maintain a better work/life balance.

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.

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