Obscuring a sensible, and possibly realistic, plan within a schedule is a continued and commonly accepted practice in today’s management services industry. Many are the cases where schedules must be developed and/or submitted in Oracle-Primavera or Microsoft Project, both of which entice a planner’s focus on “laundry-listing” and “lag-mining” during schedule development.
While during early planning, it is crucial to maintain focus on the plan, the schedule eventually trumps the plan, though the plan represents the collective and collaborative efforts of those with the expertise, knowledge, and drive to successfully deliver a project. When the plan is no longer visible to stakeholders and managers alike, a fresh and much-needed project plan perspective is needed that reorients, recalibrates, and refocuses efforts on what critically matters for project success.
Noel Álvarez pmp, leed ap – PMA Consultants
Noel Álvarez has more than 18 years of experience in pharmaceutical, private and mixed-use building, power, and aviation construction industries. He has extensive knowledge of project controls, integrated planning, scheduling, cost estimating, and construction project management. Noel holds a BS in architecture from Cornell University, is a certified Project Management Professional, a LEED-Accredited Professional, and he is a member of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers.
Presented at the NetPoint & GPM Conference.