Lucian Ioan

Project Scheduling – The Central Piece Of Project Management Software

Project scheduling should be considered the central piece of any project management software. Without the possibility to easily schedule all the tasks of a project there would be little expectation regarding the efficiency of controlling complex projects. However, project management planning or scheduling software should simplify a project managers work and not complicate it. The […]

 Lucian Ioan

Tips And Common Practices For Project Managers

Tips And Common Practices For Project Managers

Nowadays almost any manager uses some kind of project management planning and control software and the reason for this is simple: software can help and ease a lot the work of any person. Many experienced project managers have created over time a knowledge base of tips and tricks that they can use; strategies to ensure  […]

 Paul Naybour

What is a Gantt Chart?

What is a Gantt Chart?

When Henry Gantt invented his planning chart is was actually used for scheduling resources in a machine tool shop in the 1910s.  Patrick Weaver has an exclent article describing the historic use of a Gantt chart at  http://pmworldjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/PMWJ5-Dec2012-WEAVER-Henry-Gantt-Debunking-Myths-Featured-Paper.pdf. Interestingly Henry Gantt did not work on project management at all, he was a colleague of Frederick Taylor […]

 Lucian Ioan

Dynamic Project Planning For Increased Productivity and Flexibility

Every project starts with a well defined plan and schedule. But the reality offers a lot of uncertainty so the project may very well not evolve according to the initial plan. The result is that measures are required to adjust the state of the project to reflect the new reality. Planning a project is not […]

 Lucian Ioan

Handling Project Management Software – Who Is Managing Who?

Handling Project Management Software – Who Is Managing Who?

Managing projects is not an easy job and in most cases the manager would greatly benefit from the use of a dedicated software. Starting from this necessity project management tools were created. But the main problem is if these tools are a real help for those that are using them or it is just a […]

 Lucian Ioan

How To Increase Productivity – Choosing The Right Productivity Tools

How To Increase Productivity – Choosing The Right Productivity Tools

Every person at some point in his life starts to feel the need to get more organized for a better productivity. Some have this revelation sooner, others later and a few of them will never have such needs… Depending on each individual a better organized work style may be reflected in the use of different […]

 Lynda Bourne

Controlling or Influencing? The real use of project controls

Controlling or Influencing?  The real use of project controls

Describing scheduling, Earned Value and financial management as ‘project controls’ is dangerous! The steering mechanism on a car is a control system, you move the steering wheel the front wheels turn; and if the car is in motion its direction of travel is altered. Control systems cause a change. Altering the duration of a task […]

 Lucian Ioan

How To Manage Projects Using Baselines

How To Manage Projects Using Baselines

A baseline as the name suggests is a line that is being used as a base for future measurement. It is a reference. In Project Management, the term baseline refers to an accepted and approved project plan. Usually known as project baseline, it is a must for a project manager that wish to monitor and […]

 Lucian Ioan

Working With Subprojects And Master Projects

Working With Subprojects And Master Projects

Managing projects is not a trivial job. You need to have the necessary skills, experience and of course the right project management tools to help you. But when it comes to managing large projects things are becoming even more complicated. Sometimes companies need to manage large projects that extend on several years and that require […]

 Lucian Ioan

Project Management – The Light On The Critical Path

Project Management – The Light On The Critical Path

The mysterious critical path notion seems to put project managers in difficulty and especially the novice ones. However if anyone would take just a few minutes from his precious time to pay a closer attention to it things would be a lot more clear. The origin In order to clear things up we need to […]