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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Modeling using decisionAccelerator

Modeling using decisionAccelerator

We’ll focus on the modeling functions of decisionAccelerator in this screencast. decisionAccelerator is a decision modeling methodology and tool that enables groups to reach agreement faster and more effectively. It is based on Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and is implemented by lateralworks as an add-in to Microsoft Excel, a ubiquitous engine that many already use for various business applications. This choice reduces the learning curve and the need for expensive software.

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