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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9. Monitor progress to the Gantt chart

  • Colour in the tasks when they are complete (for some tasks you may decide to colour in a proportion that is completed, but there is a risk of optimism here
  • Keep up with the “today” line
  • Watch the critical tasks particularly closely – they are the ones that define whether the project goes late or not.
  • If the project has gone irretrievably late you may decide to slip the whole Gantt chart and reissue a new, slipped, one. People can then put the new dates in their diary. This decision may be made at the weekly or monthly project progress review meeting.