Questions tagged [scheduling]

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What is the procedure for adjusting the project schedule when a team member is replaced?

There is a project team with a project manager and 5 development resources working on a Web 2.0 web application. The current project the team is working on is for a long term client who commissioned a ...
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Rational Team Concert for resource scheduling

We are evaluating RTC as a primary project management / development framework tool. In particular we follow a high number of concurrent projects with mutable teams. Our main problem are that we ...
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How to add value beyond collecting tasks and their dates?

As a project manager I catalogue a group's tasks, definitions, dependencies, milestones, resources, and similar other elements of a project. The managers use this to report up, estimate project health,...
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Quick win or long term sustainability?

My project has to deliver middleware components that will support a large, complex system development spanning multiple phases. My phase is due to implement in 6 weeks, with future phases being ...
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How to communicate with project leaders when they are doing poorly

I have been on multiple projects where the project leaders have not involved themselves in the project enough to even learn what the project is really doing. Other times the project leaders didn't ...
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What went wrong - project going off track

I'm not a PM. I'm a developer working on a large project with a small team at an 18 person company. The "team" is just me and the project manager. The project isn't the largest my company has ever had ...
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Is there a name for this PERT-like project management status chart?

I know of a long-standing program where a particular format of project status chart has been in use for more than a decade. It was originally created to status the assembly sequence of a complex ...
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Scheduling interview with stakeholders

Have a business process re-engineering project where I need to schedule and conduct interviews with business participants and stakeholders in a short period of time (4 weeks). What is the best way ...
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What techniques are useful when factoring in the likelihood that one or more members of the team may take leave during a project?

What's the best way of planning for the possibility that a key member(s) of the team might want to take leave at some point during a project? I understand one solution is to buffer the project ...
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Fogbugz Evidence Based Scheduling

Has any one in the community used 'evidence-based scheduling' by Fogcreek's fogbugz to come up with estimates and schedules on your real projects? I understand the basis of this technique (well ...
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How can I show scheduling for shared resources?

We have people who work on half a dozen projects at a time (tech writers, testers, etc.). What's the best way to do time planning for resources like this if you have six separate MS Project Plans for ...
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What's the most effective way of sharing the schedule with the team?

I'm keen to know the perceived best way of sharing a company wide schedule of work. Here are some key considerations: I want the team to be able to see what is upcoming in the next 1-6 weeks and the ...
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Buffers, tolerances - how do you approach them in your project management practice?

How do you apply them in practice? What tools do you use / what would you recommend?
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How can I make company-wide scheduling and resource allocation decisions?

I've recently been taken on in a Programme Management role for a software company. There are several definitions of Programme / Program Manager out there - my role encompasses, amongst other things: ...
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How can I convince my team that they delays are inevitable and that they need to hustle in order to actuall get done on time?

Sometimes I have teams that think there is little point to being ahead of schedule. I try to convince them that things will inevitably come up that will take up precious time to sort out, so we need ...
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How can I use MS Project to manage an agile project

We use MS Project to manage a project. Although I know that MS Project is just a scheduling tool, we use it to get the current state of the project. We update the % complete field at the end of every ...
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How can I help my project manager deal with schedule pressure?

Often the project manager in my team is under severe pressure to commit to and deliver to a particular schedule, when this looks unlikely they get stressed and this has an impact on the whole team. ...
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How to Organise Help Desk?

I have to organize the help desk. I have some thoughts and ideas. The project for which I have to do is a Web application. It has 5 servers in different time zones. We have something about 25 ...
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Valuable Information When Managing Multiple Projects

When managing multiple projects at once, what information would be most valuable to a project manager if the projects are related? Not related? [Purpose is for the development of new project ...
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When is it okay to pad estimates?

Project Managers are expected to guess the future, a difficult task even in sciences like meteorology. As many projects finish late (due to expanded scope, underestimated durations, etc), it is ...
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How to calculate budget margin?

Say a work package (containing several tasks) is estimated to take between 320 (Most likely) and 480 (Worst case) hours of work (not duration) to complete. Because of some dependencies and the ...
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When and how to schedule effective meetings?

I'm the lead programmer turned project manager in a small shop. Our project has entered "the last 90%" phase where many things need to be communicated between different departments. This means many ...
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How to anticipate delays in the project schedule?

I once managed a very intensive, very complex project that with every tool, illustrated an on-time schedule. But in the end, the project was severely delayed. I understand the concept of "known ...
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Who owns the project timeline?

On a large, fully staffed, project team, under ideal situations, who would you expect to own the project timeline?
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Which tools would you recommend for use when drafting, monitoring and reporting on a project schedule? [closed]

When managing a complex project (large enough for significant daily status updates), with a large team (in the 10's of team members), which tools would you recommend for use to draft the project ...

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