In this video, you'll explore several ways to make a project schedule more realistic.
- Making your project schedule realistic is important.…That way your projects actual dates can be…as close as possible to what you planned.…One way to build reality into your schedule is…to estimate task duration based on the number of hours…people usually work on the project each day.…People don't work 100% of their time on project tasks.…Other activities chew up time…like attending department meetings,…filling out time sheets, training, or time off.…
Even walking across campus or riding the elevator…uses up work time.…So do your best…to estimate the actual number of hours people work.…Another dose of reality is adjusting…the estimated task hours based on how fast…the assigned workers are.…For example, if someone is a whiz at getting computers…connected to the network, you can change the task work hours…to reflect his productivity.…Third, don't assign someone to work…on more than three tasks at a time.…
Multitasking negatively affects productivity.…Switching between tasks means a person has to switch focus,…and that introduces a small delay each time.…
Bonnie Biafore has always been fascinated by how things work and how to make things work better. In this course, she explains the fundamentals of project management, from defining the problem, establishing project goals and objectives, and building a project plan to managing team resources, meeting deadlines, and closing the project. Along the way, she provides tips for reporting on project performance, keeping a project on track, and gaining customer acceptance.
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- Defining the components of a project
- What it takes to be a project manager
- Using project management software like Microsoft Project
- Managing project scope, budget, and schedule
- Managing project resources, including people
- Managing project risk
- Initiating a project
- Identifying and managing stakeholders
- Identifying requirements and deliverables
- Developing a project plan
- Building a project schedule
- Assigning resources to tasks
- Understanding the critical path
- Running the project
- Managing teams
- Monitoring performance
- Closing a project
Skill Level Beginner
Project Management Foundations: Communication (2014)with Doug Rose1h 47m Intermediate
1. Getting to Know Project Management
2. Exploring Project Management Knowledge Areas
3. First Things First
How to develop requirements4m 19s
4. Developing a Project Plan
5. Building a Project Schedule
6. While You Run the Project
7. Working with Teams
8. Monitoring and Controlling Progress and Performance
9. Closing a Project
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