Monday, March 12, 2012

Project Scheduling

Late last year we ordered a sizable (for us) piece of capital equipment.  Promised delivery date, from the start, was March 1.  Updates through January and most of February confimred the March 1 date.

Then, on February 25, we got this news:
They are a bit behind…now on track to ship the week of March 12th.

With a week to go, the schedule slid by two weeks. 

How does this happen? 

Managing projects is the stock-in-trade for most engineers and technical leaders.  And projects have common problems.  While some truly surprise, most we can anticipate.  Yet, repeatedly, I mess up project management.  And I know I'm not alone.

It's a subject by itself.  Tools play a role.  Clarity of thinking is more crucial.

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