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Weak point: Scheduling

Poor scheduling endangers project success

Time, cost and quality are the three aims of the magical project management triangle. Creating a structured schedule is one of the basic tasks in a project. After all, the resource requirements for the project are often derived from the schedule. But, according to the short study “Schedule management in project organization” conducted by the market research firm, techconsult, many companies fail at the point of creating the schedule.

According to this study, 33% of the medium-sized companies that were surveyed, have problems preparing a realistic schedule.Interestingly, in this context, small and medium-sized enterprises feel that the software they are using does not support them adequately in creating the schedule. One in three rate their project management software as unsatisfactory. The list of inadequacies extends from problems with defining the project phases and milestones to difficulties with ongoing updates to the schedule and a poor realistic estimation of effort by the software.

Can Do software uses inaccurate entries to compute the probabilities of project crises

The project and resource management software from Can Do counters this well-known phenomenon, by allowing you to work with inexact data. It is exceedingly rare for all of the exact deadlines and required work efforts to be known during project planning. Ignorance is the rule here, not the exception. In order to be able to plan logically and realistically despite this, the user should be able to input inaccurate data, such as “effort: 30 – 40 personnel days”, “milestone will be reached in calendar week 42” or “duration of the work package: 6 – 8 weeks”. The Can Do software uses these inaccurate entries to compute the probabilities of project crises, such as scheduling conflicts or overloading.