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Planning Your Project Using a Facilitated Workshop

Posted on: January 24th, 2017 by Jim

The Project Management Institute’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (5th Edition) details 47 processes to use from Initiation through Closing. Of these, fully 24 – more than half – are in Planning. So guess what message is being sent here? Many of my students (not to mention customers) tell me that they are not given enough time to plan and so begin project execution with a minimum

How to determine a confidence level in your project schedule – Part One

Posted on: February 8th, 2012 by admin 2 Comments

Recently I was asked to work on a project wherein I had to create a Master Schedule for release of a customer product. Basically, the situation was that there were 5 team leaders, not all of whom fully understood their workflow and not all of whom had ever been in a room together for more than a few hours. (In order to gather input for the schedule, we held a two-day meeting using  the Work Breakdown

How to determine a confidence level in your project schedule – Part Two

Posted on: February 6th, 2012 by admin

I had planned to post the last part of my short series on schedule confidence today. And I will do that shortly after this brief digression. But a gentleman named Tony Welsh, president of a company named Barbecana made an insightful comment in regards to my last post that you may not have seen. His basic contention was that you could not measure schedule confidence accurately unless you used Monte

How to determine a confidence level in your project schedule – Part Three

Posted on: February 4th, 2012 by admin 2 Comments

This post constitutes the third and last session of my discussion of how to determine confidence level in your schedule. You can look in the archives for previous posts:: -Dependencies. I’m a firm believer that a schedule should show as many dependencies as possible. So, “hard” dependencies occur when A must happen before B.  And “soft” dependencies can occur when A must