Very few projects are ever completed in line with original plans and budgets. Unforeseen changes are inevitable in project management. But putting proper change control processes in place can drastically minimize their impact.
Setting a baseline is a crucial element of project management. Without a baseline, there's no way to measure performance or conduct an earned value analysis for your project.
A sound principle of project management is ensuring the baseline is set at the planning stage and not altered later – unless due authority is received from the project owner. A proper baseline process earns value and credibility for the project.
A sobering 9 out of 10 projects experience cost overrun, and experience tells us that schedule overrun is a common occurrence too.
To counter this, project professionals must ensure their project schedule is reliable, meets project requirements, and contains all necessary work.
What’s more, schedules should be built according to acknowledged best practices, such as the US Government Accountability Office’s Schedule Assessment Guide and the DCMA 14 Point Assessment. Regular health checks are another powerful tool in a project manager's arsenal, used worldwide by many businesses and governments to assess the credibility of the project schedule.
To that end, we’ve identified 12 key scheduling best practices. Does your schedule pass these tests?
Controls such as forecasting, scheduling, and risk analysis are integral aspects of successful project planning.
Managing a large aerospace project is no mean feat. With so many aspects to juggle and keep control of, investing in a specialist software solution will undeniably make your life easier and help ensure that your project is delivered on time and on budget – no matter what comes your way.
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Shutdown projects, also known as turnarounds, planned outages or STOs are a distinctive and demanding type of project. Stakes are high, as is pressure on the schedule and project team. They are typically costly, short in duration, high risk, require a large number of human resources (including a substantial proportion of sub-contractors), and have a significant focus on HSE (health, safety and environment). The complexity of these projects dictates a sound process for planning and executing. Meanwhile, the pressure on schedule and overall duration turn them into the formula 1 of project execution and control.
Over 65% of mega projects fail, and scheduling errors are a key factor. We recognise that, ultimately, mega construction projects are an incredibly complex and difficult activity, with no quick or simple fixes. However, we are in a position to identify common mega project scheduling mistakes and potential remedies. For this blog post, we’ve considered three things:
We are excited to announce the release of Safran Project ILAP Gateway, a powerful solution supporting the ILAP XML Schema for project scheduling and control data exchange.