Discusses how to implement the Agile concept in fastProject.Read More
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
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.
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.Read More