Scheduling For Effect

As the end of 2012 approches, and assuming the world won't end of the 12/12/12 I have a few thoughts for every scheduler’s New Year resolutions.

  1. You can’t change the past, the present is being managed by the project workforce, the only thing you can influence with your schedules is the future. To achieve this, the schedule needs to be an effective communication medium that can be easily understood by the project workforce if it is going to have any impact on their future actions.
    Resolution #1 – I will make my schedule reports easy to understand!
  2. Useful schedules are useful because they are used! For a schedule to be used, the scheduler needs to design it so that the right information can be given to the right person (stakeholder) at the right time.
    Resolution #2 – I will set my schedules up in such a way that it is easy to extract focused reports for each of the key stakeholders that are easy for them to use.
  3. There is no point in communicating with someone if you don’t want then to act on the communication. Communication without expecting an action/reaction simply wastes everyone’s time, particularly yours.
    Resolution #3 – My schedule reports will be focused on communicating useful information that will encourage relevant action on the part of the receiver.

These resolutions have a common underlying theme – we need to make our schedules more useful in 2013 if we are going to improve project delivery. I will leave the other resolutions such as establishing a better work/life balance, doing more exercise and losing weight to you.

Wishing you all a great New Year.

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