Hi there! As promised, here is the second of three Free White Papers that will help you strategize your decisions and keep the team grounded!
The planning and scheduling process become truly important if and only if the people (planners and schedulers) who carry the planning and scheduling torch know how to preserve their usefulness. Good schedule quality results in good quantification. The quality of input data drives the correctness, accuracy, completeness, and usefulness of the schedule.
Recognizing what the risks are will enable people who execute the project to complete safely on time, meeting prescribed quality, and come within budget targets. Well-informed planners and schedulers shape discussion, influence decisions, set direction, plan, monitor, and control courses of actions to make the project more predictable. They should not be bench-sitters or cheerleaders. They must proactively seek to improve project certainty and must have the courage to politely push-back when needed. Read this brief White Paper on the subject and be forearmed!