Our advice is to refresh (i.e. update, breakdown, pull-in) your schedule once a week.Read More
In this example the team needed to determine which market segment to target for a new product. The choice of segment would then drive customer selection and eventual product definition around the driving requirements of the tier 1 customer in the selected segment. They believed that 80% of the segment's requirements would be captured from this driving customer, so selection of the right segment and customer was critical to realizing the project goals.Read More
Often confused, a Target Date for an important milestone is a deadline at which time one expects to achieve a result, however a Target Date may not be when the milestone is actually going to finish.Read More
Refresh Planning is made up of the following elements:
Update (looking back to record what was done)
Pull-in (looking forward to breakdown long duration tasks and/or change the schedule to cause schedule acceleration)
Most teams only focus on Update, which is good, but it alone does not cause the schedule to accelerate. You really need to do schedule pull-in after each update.
Reserve 5-10 minutes at the end of the refresh session to seriously look for pull-in opportunities and then put them directly into the schedule so the team can see the result of the action.
You can aid this process by asking:
What is on the critical path over the next 3 weeks?
Looking at the critical path chain of activities, what can we do to accelerate this work?
Specifically, can X be done at the same time as Y? Can we do Z faster in any way? Can Q be broken down into more detail and made to go faster?
Finally, if all the above fails to generate a pull-in, ask if the work over the next three weeks can be done differently in order to make it go faster?
If you get a pull-in, ask what the risks are with the new flow and what you can do to help mitigate them?
The critical path is red (example) and the second critical path is blue (i.e. float less than ten days).Sometimes when you focus exclusively on the critical path you can miss the path of activities right behind the critical path. The critical path is the longest contiguous path that drives the end date for the project (i.e. the long pole in the tent).Read More
The long pole in the tent holds the tent up. It determines the height of the tent. The long pole in a project is the critical path. It is the longest contiguous path, from start to end, that forms the overall project duration. The long pole in the project tent drives the end date.Read More
Refresh Planning is a core practice of fast teams. Refresh Planning involves three steps; update, break-down, and pull-in. It’s a weekly team activity. They look back in time to record what they did and didn’t get done, then decompose near-term long duration critical path tasks, and then use the more granular and detailed schedule to reconfigure the work in order to accelerate itRead More