A good project schedule is essential for keeping a project on task. It should include resource requirements as well as various milestones, key performance indicators and risk assessments. We work with you to identify key milestones, required resources and the critical path for the schedule. We will also identify any potentially high risk resources and activities that may drive adjustments to the schedule.
We use milestones to identify events that signal a change in the stage of the project. Progress against milestones is used to determine if the project is on track. Milestone activities can be used to develop key performance indicators.
Knowing the resources and their availability adds an increased level of accuracy to the schedule. Resources may include company and vendor labor as well as equipment and material. We work with your inventory specialists to determine lead times for specialized material ordering and recommended shipment methods. We will assist in the identification of supplemental resources such as the acquisition of laydown areas if needed. We will assist in the development of vendor availability schedules based upon required skill sets for project activities.
Key Performance Indicators
Key performance indicators are developed using a variety of metrics that drive results. These indicators are used to determine if action is needed to keep a project on track and what that action should be. Key performance indicators are included in the Earned Value metrics and report outs.
Adjustments to a project schedule are sometimes necessary and can be driven by many things. In some cases, adjustments to activities can be managed so that the critical path is not affected. It is important to identify and understand the drivers for change so that the impacts can be mitigated as much as possible. We track schedule adjustments and work with you to understand the drivers for change. All changes are included in regular reports that also describe the drivers and potential risks to the project.