Chris Croft
Tips of the Month Archive

Project Management Tip 17


Blow your own trumpet

Be assertive at the start

What is a Gantt Chart?

Avoiding people problems

Listing all the tasks

Internal projects

How to discover the key project driver

Three methods of project costing

Why I love Gantt charts

Three ways to handle uncertainty

Overspend or underspend?

Why PM is difficult

My instant guide

Why review?

Some eccentric PM abbreviations

What exactly is a PID?

Its never too late to plan

Why PM is good

Good questions to ask a project manager

Today's tip is: It's never too late to plan!

Let's say that you're half way through a project, maybe because someone else has handed it over to you, or you've only just been on a training course and realised that your project is a bit of a shambles. Is it too late to plan? Should you just limp through to the end of the project and get the next one right? No!!

Start from now:

Do a list of jobs still to do,
Put times on each one.Put them order in a diagram,
Make it into a Gantt chart showing time required and who will do what
Get it agreed by all stakeholders - will the customer(s) be happy with the plan if you deliver it, are the people available, etc.
Monitor and modify from now on.

There, do you feel better now?

Onwards and upwards then

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