Improving theQuality of yourMicrosoft Project2010 Schedule
Why Have Scheduling Software?
The Key to a High Quality Schedule
The Key to a High Quality Schedule
In the World of the Biggest Projects . . .
The Need for A Good Critical Path“In most cases, 99.9% of the time, wecant produce a valid critical path.”   - Mike Beatti...
Schedule Quality Is . . .• Trust – Is it the truth? Are the  Tasks, Resources, Assignments, Costs, Actuals, etc. accurate?...
Schedule Quality Is Not . . .• Performance Problems• Defects in the Deliverables• Scheduler Quality                       ...
Ten Common and Serious Problems
1. Missing Predecessors               Task A
2. Missing Successors                 Task B
3. Use of Constraints         Hard Constraints              Soft Constraints                Must Start On          As Late...
3. Use of ConstraintsWill yourschedulepass thepush test?
4. Lags          Lag
5. Leads           Lead
6. Planned Start in the Past                                       Task A                                  Hasn’t Started ...
7. Actual Date in the Future                              Task C            Status Date (or               today if no     ...
8. Summaries With Resources                           Summary Task B    Task A       Task B1                    Task B2
9. Summary Tasks With Links                                    Summary Task B             No!    Task A                Tas...
10. Manual Scheduling             Task A
The Impact of Poor Schedule Quality •   Don’t Know True Project Finish Date •   Rework •   Schedule Slippage •   Budget Ov...
A “Spell Checker” for Microsoft Project
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  1. 1. Improving theQuality of yourMicrosoft Project2010 Schedule
  2. 2. Why Have Scheduling Software?
  3. 3. The Key to a High Quality Schedule
  4. 4. The Key to a High Quality Schedule
  5. 5. In the World of the Biggest Projects . . .
  6. 6. The Need for A Good Critical Path“In most cases, 99.9% of the time, wecant produce a valid critical path.” - Mike Beattie, Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA), May 2007
  7. 7. Schedule Quality Is . . .• Trust – Is it the truth? Are the Tasks, Resources, Assignments, Costs, Actuals, etc. accurate?• Fidelity – Is the critical path really the critical path?• Detail – Does it contain the right level of detail? Trust Fidelity Detail
  8. 8. Schedule Quality Is Not . . .• Performance Problems• Defects in the Deliverables• Scheduler Quality Trust Fidelity Detail
  9. 9. Ten Common and Serious Problems
  10. 10. 1. Missing Predecessors Task A
  11. 11. 2. Missing Successors Task B
  12. 12. 3. Use of Constraints Hard Constraints Soft Constraints Must Start On As Late As Possible Must Finish On Start No Earlier Than Start No Later Than Finish No Earlier Than Finish No Later Than A slip here . . . . . . won‘t cause a slip here.
  13. 13. 3. Use of ConstraintsWill yourschedulepass thepush test?
  14. 14. 4. Lags Lag
  15. 15. 5. Leads Lead
  16. 16. 6. Planned Start in the Past Task A Hasn’t Started Yet Task A has a planned Start Date in the past but hasn’t started. The existing Planned Start Date cannot be trusted! Status Date (or today if no Status Date)
  17. 17. 7. Actual Date in the Future Task C Status Date (or today if no status date)
  18. 18. 8. Summaries With Resources Summary Task B Task A Task B1 Task B2
  19. 19. 9. Summary Tasks With Links Summary Task B No! Task A Task B1 Task B2 Yes!
  20. 20. 10. Manual Scheduling Task A
  21. 21. The Impact of Poor Schedule Quality • Don’t Know True Project Finish Date • Rework • Schedule Slippage • Budget Overruns • Lack of trust
  22. 22. A “Spell Checker” for Microsoft Project
  23. 23. 5 Second Commercial
  24. 24. Improving theQuality of yourMicrosoft Project2010 Schedule
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