Join Bonnie Biafore for an in-depth discussion in this video Finding schedule problems, part of Project Management Foundations: Schedules (2013).
After your team members start working on their tasks, it's time to start managing …the schedule. Because projects never go completely …according to plan, you need to watch for schedule problems in the making. …That way you can do something about them before they get out of hand. …First, look for tasks whose start dates are later than you originally planned. …Or have already started late. Here you can see the gray task bars are …where everything should have been, and the red and blue task bars are where …everything is now. If a task doesn't start when it's …supposed to, there's a good chance it won't finish when it's supposed to either.…
If a task with a late start isn't on the critical path. …Then it has some room to delay before it affects the project finish date. …In this case, flag the task as one to keep your eye on. …If the task is on the critical path and the project finish date is at risk, …consider whether you can shorten the task or tasks that follow it. …At the same time, look into why the task has a late start. …
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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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