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Tuesday, September 23, 2003
PMI Congress Notes: Modeling Tough Scheduling Problems with PM Software (Alex Brown) -- Tough problems defined as:
Hard and Soft Dependencies
Maintenance of the Schedule
(fp - This presentation was heavily dependent on group case studies, not conducive to note-taking. It's just as well, since the "tough problems" covered are not significantly major concerns in my chosen PM methodology -- Critical Chain. Resource leveling and soft dependencies are dealt with in CCPM through its respect of resource dependencies. The presentation's emphasis of durations that don't coincide with work effort are also less of a concern in the single-tasking, relay-race environment of CCPM. The emphasis on capturing actuals likewise have little to do with scheduling management in a CC project, other than to support learning about estimate accuracy of completed tasks and for capturing costs -- two things that have little impact on the decisions necessary for making decisions about the future remaining part of the project. Rolling estimates of duration to complete active tasks is all that is needed to maintain a schedule. That said, this was a valuable presentation for people who are stuck in non-CCPM environments.) posted by Frank - Permanent Link -