By Trevor L. Young

A part of a chain of pocket publications geared toward permitting the reader to benefit a brand new ability in exactly half-hour, this article is filled with rules on tips on how to plan a undertaking from perception to perform.

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How this is achieved is never disclosed as the higher stress level, once reached, never seems to reduce to manageable proportions again. The consequences may be serious for the work and health! This leads to frustration, demotivation, lower quality, loss of attention to detail, and frequently much rework to correct errors or ‘sloppy’ work. It also leads to ‘back tracking’ or going over previous work done. This is due to the work being broken down into small chunks with large time slices in between.

All risks are predictable – except ‘Acts of God’ Unfortunately our crystal ball is often cloudy preventing us seeing all the potential risks at any moment! Remind the team regularly to anticipate risks by asking: What could go wrong at the next stage? This may prevent surprises appearing at your project meetings. Review and confirm the budget Although you have updated your cost data to reflect any schedule changes resulting from the optimization process, you must now update any budget documentation prepared earlier.

This dynamic quality is important to understand and monitor carefully. Parts of the project you thought were non-critical can suddenly become critical due to slippages occurring. A closer understanding of the situation at any time is available to you through critical path analysis. If you decide this rigorous analysis is not necessary then the time information can be displayed in a simple bar chart. Displaying time data in chart form The widely accepted method of displaying time information graphically for projects is the simple bar chart.

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