Employee: What would you like to know, Sir?
The future of the project?
Project Manager: Err, yes you are right.
It's been many months and I am still struggling with the project delivery. I want to know where I am going wrong in spite of doing everything right.
Employee: Hmmm, well I cannot say it has a bright future. But if you put a strong Project Management Plan in place your fortunes may change for the better.
Project Manager: Huh!
Project Management Plan?
Project Integration Management: Developing a Project management Plan is a process that belongs to the Project Integration Management knowledge area. It defines how the project is to be executed, monitored and controlled, and closed.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - Project Time Management
Boss: I heard your project is running behind schedule! How soon can this project get rolled-out if I hire more staff?
Project Manager: Hmm...you can add six more months of 'ramp-up time' which includes time for their orientation, training & supervision to prevent any gaps and allow smooth functioning.
Boss: Hmm..and...after all that?
Project Manager: Be ready for more uncertainty, ambiguity & complexity in this project.
Project Time Management
Crashing is a schedule compression technique used to shorten the schedule duration for the least incremental cost by adding resources. The Cost and schedule trade-offs need to be analysed before taking it forward.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - Project Time Management
Boss: Oh! What's this? Why is your team looking haggard and out of sorts? What happened to them?
Team Member: This project was going perfectly fine until you come in and advanced the project timelines. And since then...
...my team is working day and night on this project. They have no time to eat or go to sleep. Theremorale is at an all time low and they have started looking like zombies.
Boss: (thinking) No wonder this project seems to have stonewalled with escalations from the customers.
Project Time Management
Scheduling compression techniques like Crashing and Fast-tracking are used to shorten the schedule duration without reducing the project scope. However, either of these should be applied depending on project requirements only.
Boss: Is your project ever going to see the light of the day... It has crossed its deadline already and the client is getting frustrated... Sort it out ASAP!!
Project Manager: Ok.k..Sir..
Some time later...
Boss: What's with that stick in your hand?
Project Manager: I am making the project management tool resolve my project issues.
While project management software facilitates in planning scheduling, cost control, communication, etc., it cannot be depended on, to get your project out of doldrums.