5 Tips for Controlling Project Schedules

schedule management Mar 31, 2019
5 Tips for Controlling Project Schedules

I've heard from several industry experts that many new project managers do not know how to effectively create and manage schedules. Here are 5 tips for better control of schedules:

  1. It is essential to start with a well-constructed schedule.
  2. Track all time on a daily basis. On Friday, most people won't remember how many hours they worked on specific tasks and projects on Monday. Be sure to include unpaid overtime - it will make the historical record more accurate.
  3. When troubleshooting project problems, it is often better to keep on schedule than on budget due to the cost of human resources. Be sure to weigh costs vs. schedules.
  4. Continue to check your schedule for errors. Issues such as missing vacations and holidays, assigning people at 100% capacity, and insufficient contingency time can create schedule issues.
  5. Always watch critical path and near critical path tasks more closely to avoid schedule slips.


Want to learn more about how to integrate these practices into a project methodology?  Check out our Micro Guide to the PROJECT Methodology.

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