Join Bonnie Biafore for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding buffers to the schedule, part of Project Management Foundations: Schedules (2013).
Adding buffers to the schedule can keep the project on time, even if issues come …up, without having to jump through hoops. When you add buffers, it's a good idea to …assign them for specific reasons. For example, to educate project staff, or …for the complexity of the recording studio setup. …That way you communicate your reasoning to management, and assure them that you …aren't just adding blank space to the schedule. …At first, you can guesstimate the size of the buffers you add.…
Then, as you gain experience, you can fine tune your buffer sizes to fit your …projects and teams. Start by adding a time buffer to the end …of each sequence of tasks in the schedule. …That way, all the tasks in the sequence share one buffer. …And only the tasks that need more time, take it from that buffer. …In the sample project, one of the test sequences is for the orientation topic outline. …This part of the project has 12 short task, and the whole sequence takes a …little less than 16 days. Instead of some extra hours added to each …
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- Identifying the work that needs to be done
- Adding milestones
- Delaying or overlapping tasks with lag and lead time
- Assigning resources
- Balancing workloads
- Adding buffers and baselines to the schedule
- Uncovering and correcting out schedule problems<br><br>
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Skill Level Appropriate for all
1. Understanding a Project Schedule
2. Identifying and Sequencing Tasks
3. Assigning Resources to Tasks
4. Planning to Balance Workloads
5. Optimizing Schedules
6. Managing Schedules
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