Project Time Management

PMP Exam Change 2021

Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam Aspirant’s Definitive Guide to PMP® Exam Changes 2021

In June 2019, PMI Certification has released a new PMP® certification content outline. Based on this exam content outline, exam pattern will change by Jan 2021. It is an effort to equip project managers with today's modern project environment. So, now the question is what modern project management is? Based on research by PMI, the following are some highlights to see how project management profession has progressed: 1. Project Manager as a Coach Project Practitioner keeps observing the importance of empathy…
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difference between fast tracking and crashing

What is Fast Tracking and Crashing?

Fast-tracking and crashing are techniques without which a project manager can’t survive. I know many of Project managers out there reading this blog will agree with me. These are schedule compression techniques, and we are not supposed to used commonly. But, these are very common in real life.  There are many driving forces which need compressing the schedule. Many times business reasons encourage to use them. Or, sometimes projects managers have pressures from business stakeholders. So for both practical usages…
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lag in project management

What is Lead and Lag?

Lead and Lag in project activities are easy concepts. Even though, during my coaching sessions, I see a lot of confusion around them. Especially when we use these concepts in - Network diagrams and with a different type of relationships. Let’s decode these confusions here starting from Lag time in project management. What is a lag in project management? Based on PMBOK® Guide Sixth Edition A lag time is the amount of time whereby a successor activity is required to be delayed with…
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Difference between resource levelling and resource smoothing

Underlining the differences between Resource Leveling and Resource Smoothing?

Under the Project Schedule management knowledge area, there is a specific process called Develop Project schedule. Under this process, we have Resource Optimization Techniques and these are Resource Levelling and Resource Smoothing. In this blog, I am addressing differences between Resource Levelling and Resource Smoothing. Now, as both of these techniques are resource optimization techniques so their primary focus is to allocate resources in such a way to bring maximum output effectively. Due to this reason, Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification test-takers generally…
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What Is Float And How To Calculate Total & Free Float?

Project's goals can become heavyweights if we don't have the flexibility to execute intuitive changes. We need the freedom to make choices. Project Float and Free Float analysis are some of the sources to make choices in the project. We use term float to express flexibility. This flexibility can be at the project level or the activity level. During my coaching sessions, I observe a lot of confusion about different types of floats that can exist in a schedule network…
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