30 Minutes to Plan a Project (30 Minutes) by Trevor L. Young

By Trevor L. Young

A part of a chain of pocket publications aimed toward permitting the reader to profit a brand new ability in exactly half-hour, this article is choked with principles on the way to plan a venture from notion to perform.

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Have you allowed for all the known high risks? ᔢ Have you taken account of technical complexity? ᔢ How accurate is your resource analysis? ᔢ Do all the skills needed exist now? If the review does not expose any errors then you can truly celebrate. Before telling your customer you have to secure all the resource commitments from line managers. This could easily upset everything if you discover a serious shortage of available people. Consider adding a ‘cushion’ of some extra time for security – perhaps 5 per cent to give you some room to manoeuvre in negotiating.

The penalty you receive for compressing a schedule is normally an increase in the number and seriousness of the project risks. The initial attempts at compression must be based 50 Optimize to Meet Customer Needs on finding ways to do more of the work in parallel – more concurrent activities. The schedule is like a balloon. If you hold a balloon and compress it on a horizontal axis, the diameter on the vertical axis increases as the air inside must go somewhere. This is analogous to increasing the number of parallel pathways in the plan logic diagram.

Have you taken account of technical complexity? ᔢ How accurate is your resource analysis? ᔢ Do all the skills needed exist now? If the review does not expose any errors then you can truly celebrate. Before telling your customer you have to secure all the resource commitments from line managers. This could easily upset everything if you discover a serious shortage of available people. Consider adding a ‘cushion’ of some extra time for security – perhaps 5 per cent to give you some room to manoeuvre in negotiating.

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