Project controls versus project schedules
Project controls are a misnomer, says Pat Weaver, they don’t control projects at all. A well designed project schedule on the other hand…
“The project schedule has two key roles to play, firstly as a tool to develop a common understanding of the optimum approach for achieving the project objectives and then as a flexible tool to measure the inevitable deviations from the plan and re-assess the best way forward.”
Time: the bright side of the iron triangle
Time is one side of the so-called project management ‘iron triangle’ by which the success of a project is superficially measured. Cost and quality complete the trio. It’s interesting to see time elevated to the same level as the other constraints when it is the most predictable but the least manageable of the three.
Marrying planning into your project
The concept of ‘planning fun’ can sometimes be hard for those of us out there who like to live in the moment and who generally get nervous if too much planning takes place—you know who you are! But the moment that you invite others to live in your moment, as you do while planning any sort of event, is when you need to make sure that good planning takes place to produce an event that is fun for all.
Resource management in project schedules
Resourcing is another of those topics which is initially simple, but once you scratch the surface you find a world of complexity.
The first question in relation to resourcing is why bother? There are a number of reasons you might want to resource a schedule, the reason will influence how you go about it.
Measuring project client profitability
In their efforts to maintain business viability—and keep staff gainfully employed—some project-oriented businesses can be tempted to take on projects with narrow profit margins. They then tend to over-deliver to retain the client’s business in an aggressively competitive marketplace.