Schedule's data presentation
The primary objective of a critical path method (CPM) schedule is to communicate the progress, forecasted dates, and critical paths of a project to all stakeholders. If the direct output of a project schedule is too confusing for the team to understand, or if it takes too long to prepare informative output, then the schedule fails to communicate the health of the project in a timely manner. With the advancements that have been made during the last two decades in both CPM scheduling software and the computer hardware that runs these applications, it is difficult to understand why the industry has not developed “enhanced” scheduling systems that can clearly, accurately, and quickly present the schedule data and critical paths to the stakeholders.
There are well documented factors that contribute to the difficulty in analyzing CPM schedules
These factors include the use of multiple calendars, the excessive use of constraint dates, the use of large lags in relationships, out-of-sequence progressing, inadequate and sometimes misleading output from the CPM scheduling software, and, finally, poorly conceived schedules constructed by inexperienced schedulers.
While it is easy to blame poor quality schedules on software vendors since their software allows the aforementioned “advanced” features, they are not entirely to blame. Software vendors incorporate as much flexibility as possible into their software to achieve the goal of selling the greatest number of licenses to a varied client base that employs many levels of CPM scheduling expertise.
Conversely, one could blame the inexperienced, inadequately trained, and sometimes unqualified personnel developing and managing today’s project schedules. Although there may be some merit to this claim, it is not the root problem. Analyzing large computerized CPM schedules can be difficult even for experienced schedulers who are knowledgeable and proficient with the scheduling software.
But the fact remains though using the exact same modeling tool the PM’s experience shows in the quality of the direct output of the project schedule. The experienced PM uses complex maneuvers to filter, sort, and extract the float to bring the clear schedule into light. This later enables the PM to communicate and promote the right decisions for the project leading to its success.
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Glider 2.3 offers you very efficient functions that boost your capability of manipulating schedules in much ease and speed. Capabilities such compounded filtering, selective sorting, faster access to Excel® workbooks and Outlook® meeting invitations, and much more.
Although Glider 2.3 release fully functions with 98 and 2000 releases, it exhibit extended functionality depending on the specific release and operation. You don't need to configure or setup anything, Glider 2.3 detects the release of the Microsoft® Project copy installed on your machine and accommodate the calculation accordingly. For example with Microsoft® Project Release 2003, Glider 2.3 offer you the option of using the Enterprise fields and Baseline1 for the configuration of the Assignment Variance report.
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