1. The Project Schedule is not detailed enough
2. The Project Schedule is too complicated In both cases, the costs are extreme. Without a shared project plan, the costs of re-work and missed goals are inevitable.
Here's a simple list for holding your project managers accountable for shared communication through 'good enough' project schedules:
1. Is there a complete Project Charter with scope, risk, communication and governance clarified? This is the cornerstone to building a Project Schedule.
2. For every task, is there a single owner and single due date? Other people can help, but one person has to own the task completion.
3. Are the risk mitigation, communications and governance strategies translated to tasks on the Project Schedule? If not, it won't happen.
4. Has the PM tool (software) become the driver of the schedule? Is the complexity of the tool blocking communication and accuracy and sucking up labor hours?
5. Have all the stakeholders gone through the current milestone plan minimally every week?
If you'd like to grow your own real-world project management competence while getting work done on your real projects there's still time in 2013:
- Call us to schedule a workshop for your team. 317-475-9311
- Attend an ASTD Project Management for Learning Professionals certificate program. Remaining workshops in Orlando & Alexandria, VA.
- Attend the same ASTD Project Management for Learning Professionals online certificate program. Final virtual session begins November 5th.