For those of you getting ready to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day this weekend, read our Bizco comic to see how Bizco breaks out the green. While Automation Centre can't offer you a magic shamrock to keep the lights on your projects green rather than red, we can provide you the following three tips to mitigate common causes of project failures.
Tip 1: Plan, Plan, PLAN
Projects that lack concrete planning and requirements often fall astray. Careful planning of the Work Breakdown Structure, making sure task associations and dependencies are accounted for. The project plan should be reviewed and approved by team leadership, including sponsors and stakeholders - everybody needs to be on the same page.
Tip 2: Put the Right People in the Right Place at the Right Time.
Effective resource allocation can be time consuming, but the payoff is worth it - proper resource allocation has a profound effect on project durations. Of course, if you're using one of the resource availability views in TrackerSuite.Net, your job is a lot easier. Just search and filter for the particular resources and skill sets you need for your projects their projects, review their current workloads and make your allocations.
Tip 3. Keep an Eye on Trouble.
Unfortunately, sometimes while risks to a project are known, they aren't documented or planned for, leading to disaster if they come to fruition. As part of your planning process, take the time to profile risks in detail, assign resources to them, and keep an eye on their status.