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Managing Projects in the Real World: The Tips and Tricks No One Tells You About When You Start by Melanie McBride

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How to Develop a Robust Schedule

Now that I’ve convinced you that a project plan is much more than a project schedule and that it’s a lot of hard work, let’s talk about just how you go about building a robust, dynamic schedule. This is the planning activity that becomes the core of your project plans so you really must invest the time to get it done and get it done right. Many PMs hate developing a schedule because it seems like a no-win proposition. No matter how much work you put into it, your sponsor’s gonna tell you to either (a) grow up and face reality or, more likely, (b) sharpen your pencils and do better. Well, before you can face “reality” ...

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