Management Bug: Undefined Project Schedule

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This week’s “Undefined Project Schedule” is a common problem in project management.
By definition, it is the lack of a mechanism to communicate what tasks need to get done and which organizational resources will be allocated to complete those tasks in what timeframe. A project schedule is a document collecting all the work needed to deliver the project on time.

But when it comes to creating a project schedule, well, that’s something few have deep experience with.
What and who is being scheduled, and for what purposes, and where is this scheduling taking place, anyway?
A project is made up of many tasks, and each task is given a start and end (or due date), so it can be completed on time. Likewise, people have different schedules, and their availability and vacation or leave dates need to be documented in order to successfully plan those tasks.
(Thank you to https://www.projectmanager.com/blog/what-is-project-scheduling)

Managing the project schedule can be one of the most formidable parts of project management. I’ve seen more damaged client relationships through this area of project management than any other. Time management is essential in attaining successful projects.
(Thank you to https://www.projectengineer.net/project-schedule-management-according-to-the-pmbok/)

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This MngtBug has been mentioned in relation to a number of MngtFixes such as…

“Project Scope Definition and Communication”,
“Roles and Ownership Definition”,
“Project Management Templates Definition and Implementation”,
“Project Management Training”,
“Project Planning Implementation”,
and of course “Project Schedule Definition and Implementation”!

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Eduardo Espinheira is a Consultant, Facilitator, Manager, Public Speaker, Creator of the Management Bugs&Fixes and the Machiavellian PM Stories

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