Chris Croft
Project Management

The 12 Steps to Successful Project Management


Define the Project

List the tasks

Estimate times and costs for each task

Find the critical path

Consider crashing or overlapping critical tasks

Draw Gantt (bar) chart

Calculate resource requirements over time

Assess risks, and prepare action plans

Monitor progress to the Gantt chart

Monitor cumulative cost

Communicate progress and changes

Review: learn and praise

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3. Estimate times and costs for each task.

Based on experience, records of previous projects, and your team

Allow for optimists and pessimists in your team – apply your own judgment

Consider the maximum it might take/cost and the minimum

Don’t promise the average to your customer – you will have a 50% failure rate!

Add up the averages and then add in some contingency

Get contingency in time, cost, and perhaps even specification

It is probably not a good idea to tell the customer about the contingency

If necessary spread the contingency in small amounts across all of the tasks so that it is not easily seen or removed