Revision of schedule best method ???? RRS feed

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  • Hi,

    The answer to your question could by multiple based on individuals personal experience, also it would be appreciated if you can write some more details about your query to get an exact response.

    For now you can take a look to some best practices at PMI blog to start with: site:

    hope this helps.

    Khurram Jamshed - MBA, PMP, MCTS, MCITP ( Blog, Twitter, Linkedin )

    Sunday, October 21, 2012 10:14 AM
    Sunday, October 21, 2012 12:33 PM
  • Hi,

    Seems you have posted your query on multiple forums, please post any query related to Project here. This question is already answered.

    Sapna Shukla

    Monday, October 22, 2012 3:18 AM
  • Just in case someone gets here looking for an answer/suggestion.

    When I teach Project, I usually recommend the following path if you are a novice:

    1. Define the project. This means you need to go to Project > Project information and set the Start Date and Calendar (at the very least). Go to File > Options to set specific options for the project like the default task type.

    2. Show up the Project summary task.

    3. Create the list of tasks by writing the mail deliverables and then detail them by adding as many tasks as you need.

    4. Design the WBS (in parallel with previous step) by indenting tasks. For these last two steps, use ONLY the Task name column. Do not play around with durations and specially with dates.

    5. Define the dependencies. Establish the dependencies on every task (do not link summary tasks) and make use of leads and lags. Avoid thinking in terms of "commited dates" and let Project do the calculations.

    6. Estimate durations. Do not think durations in hours but in days. Just ask yourself (or the resource if you can) in how many days should the task be completed. You will calculate later the work required. If you are an experienced PM you can estimate work and calculate durations but that means you probably do not need this guidance.

    7. Make sure you have a milestone for every summary task in your plan and define them by setting the duration to 0. Also set as deadline any "commited date" you have in your project in the milestones.

    8. Create the resource list. Specify who/what will you need to execute every task. Do not forget to consider vacations and other non-working time that are resource specific.

    9. Assign resources to tasks. Do not use the column Resource Names for assigning resources. Instead use the "Assign resource" button in the Resource ribbon. If you know what you are doing, prefer the Task Entry pane (View > Details). When adding/deleting/changing resource assignments to a task, look for Smart Tags (those tiny green corners on the task name cell) and make sure Project is calculating what you need. Look for "Burning men" saying there are overallocated resources and SOLVE THEM. You can change dependencies, resources, units and even use the "Leveling resource" if you must but do not ignore them.

    10. Set the Baseline.

    Now you are ready to go to tracking actuals in your project.

    Best regards,

    Rene Alvarez

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012 5:55 PM