Archive for April, 2014

P3 Tips, with Bill

April 28th, 2014    Posted in Uncategorized

Do you know what DATA DATE is?

The P3 DATA DATE is the first available day to begin or continue work in your schedule.

If you haven’t started the schedule, the DATA DATE is the first workday of the schedule.

If your schedule is in progress, the DATA DATE is the next day work can begin (next workday) after your CLOSE OUT DATE.

Many people confuse DATA DATE with CLOSE OUT DATE.  If you CLOSE OUT your schedule as of the last day of the month, your DATA DATE is the first day of the following month.

If you use a mixture of calendars, select the day after the CLOSE OUT DATE as your DATA DATE.  If the DATA DATE is a non-work day on an individual calendar, the affected activity will begin work on the next day available on its work calendar.

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What to Look for in a Project Manager (PM)

April 14th, 2014    Posted in Uncategorized

To be a successful Project Manager, one must have the right skills. Below are top skills of a Project Manager who can make things happen.

1. Understands Level of Detail
A Project Manager should know enough about scheduling software not to ask for 60,000 activities on a single 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. A Project Manager simply says, “I want what I want” because he doesn’t take time to think about what he is asking.

2. Understands Software Capabilities
Some people may think: Since “it’s on the computer,” anything is possible. However, there are limits to what can be done in a given amount of time.

3. Budgets Time and Money
The best Project Managers believe in the investment of plans and schedules. The Project Manager needs to remember that, when he ‘low balls’ the hours to get the job, he limits the scheduler’s hours to do the detail required.

4. Team Player
Schedules need to be integrated to reflect all parts of a project. A common cry in construction projects is, “Develop a detailed schedule, but don’t bother the engineers; they are too busy to talk to you.” Everyone needs to be consulted. The best Project Managers are aware of that. Experienced schedulers are good at forecasting issues. Good Project Managers will utilize the warning instead of ignoring it.

5. Understands Benefits of a Schedule
The best Project Managers use a schedule to plan work, monitor progress, and analyze the impact of changes. It is not just pretty wallpaper to satisfy a contractual requirement or impress a client.

6. Doesn’t Kill the Messenger
A planner/scheduler merely reflects the situation in the field, but has no control over the actions of anyone project-related. Don’t kill the messenger because the schedule is not progressing as expected.

7. Communicates with the Team
If the Project Manager doesn’t talk to the team, tell them what he wants, what the scope of the project is, and what the client wants, he shouldn’t be surprised when no one does what he wants without being told. Planners/schedulers are not mind readers, although it would be helpful.



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