Available on 8/26 for immediate download.
Industry and Client demands have put a lot of pressure on project schedules. Software developers are constantly coming out with new and improved programs that will do everything but cook your breakfast. Just like a toolbox on the jobsite, there is no one tool that does it all. How do you decide which tools you are going to use for each project, or for your company?
The selectin of tools needs to do more than just produce CPM schedules. You need to be able to quantify and assess risks, create useful reports, and track the right metrics. Most importantly, your tools need to be selected so that everyone on your team can use these tools to effectively plan and execute their work.
Projects that finish late are rarely profitable. Software vendors sell dreams and deliver complicated solutions that require you to hire more specialized staff. You begin to question whether these people who no operation experience are really your answer.
The simple reality is that project scheduling can be much easier and more productive if you have the right tools and the right team members. Even better is that you probably already have them and don’t have to invest any more money. These are decisions made during project set up by the project manager, but does your project manager understand these issues? You need someone who is not just a Project Manager. You need a Project Leader. Much of this transformation comes from the use of our attitude.
Our attitudes are the most important tool in our toolbox. It costs us nothing to purchase, if we use it well it can gain us everything, and if we use it poorly it can cost us everything. How we use it is up to us. Participants will learn how to get the most from their project team by focusing on key attitude changes.
These soft skills translate to hard dollars lost. Projects are not profitable when the schedule does not reflect the project execution plan. Projects are not profitable when the schedules software costs as much as heavy equipment on your job site. Learn how to do more with tools you may already have.
At the completion of this course, attendees will be better able to select appropriate scheduling and budgeting tools and techniques. This will foster more project team input and accountability into the schedule, thus increasing the probability of timely completion.
- Identify and promote multiple planning techniques
- Select a full toolbox of planning tools while staying within budget
- Set up tools that help those accountable for the work plan the work
- Decrease project risk by using your tools right
- Effectively report project status to various levels of managers
- Properly check for schedule health
- Link project budgets to project schedules