fastProject 4.8.7 Released

General

  • Warning when deleting a Target manually removed

  • Importing a schedule now

    • Sets the split bar up to the Duration column

    • Fits the schedule to the screen

  • Breakdown

    • Can now add prefix to multiple selected summary tasks

    • Bug fixed where breaking down an in-progress activity with a finish date in the past and tasks are not linked would cause an error

    • Doing an Unbreakdown now displays the task bar in the Gantt chart (since it may have been a Summary with the task bards hidden)

  • Updated training files

  • Link to Blog fixed

Refresh

  • After an Update, the Inspector is now automatically invoked

  • Optimized the Refresh interface so the functionality works left to right

  • Bug fixed when trying to run the Wigglechart when the Wigglechart is open. The Wigglechart can be run when open, but only if opened via fastProject, otherwise the user will get a warning to close the Wigglechart.

Macro-micro Roll-up

  • New “Create Macro from Micro” function added. This will delete all subtasks to a roll-up task while moving external dependencies to the associated roll-up task

  • Added an additional test to check for Touchpoints in the macro - these buts be contained within a summary task

  • Updated Macro-micro Roll-up documentation

  • Added a new function “Find duplicate task names” which finds tasks with the same name that can cause problems with the roll-up

  • Added “Display timing analysis” as an option in the initial dialog box

  • Documentation updated (V2.0)

Macro Mind-Mapping

Macro Mind-Mapping

In this screencast I’ll discuss Macro Mapping, which is a planning technique we use to organize a top-level macro plan. This mind-mapping approach causes a team to look holistically at a program from beginning to end... from a macro perspective. This way of looking at a program from the top-down is a key characteristic of fast teams we’ve worked with over the years.

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Refresh Planning

Refresh Planning

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 it

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Refresh Planning Assessment/Checklist

We have been using this checklist to assess the effectiveness of team Refresh Planning. The checklist identifies 24 aspects or practices used in the Refresh Planning process. These include Timing, Participation, Pre-Refresh, Update, What Changed?, Pull-in, Post Refresh, Analysis, Follow-up, and Reporting.

It is designed to be used as a learning tool. Score your team and use it to improve.

Download Refresh planning assessment (Excel)

Common CPM Scheduling Mistakes

Common CPM Scheduling Mistakes

Critical Path Method (CPM) Scheduling mistakes we observe in many schedules, those built prior to lateralworks FTTM Scheduling training. These include 1) no contiguous critical path, 2) negative float, 3) date constraints, 4) wrong updates (of actual progress), and 5) no successors. Each individually or together result is inaccurate / wrong critical paths, and therefore potentially wrong dates for key milestones. The result is a schedule that can’t be used as a management tool and can not be trusted. This post discusses each problem.

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