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Chapter 10
Fine-Tuning Your Plan
In This Chapter
Using filters to view timing and resource issues
Determining what’s driving your tasks
Using Multiple Undo to try out solutions
Turning on change highlighting
Adding slack to your tasks to plan for change
Making adjustments to shorten your schedule
Reigning in your costs
Resolving resource conflicts
As they say, the best-laid schemes of mice and project managers go oft
awry (or is that “gang aft agley?”), and your plans are no different. After
you take your best shot at laying out your project plan, creating every task, and
assigning every resource — and you think you’re ready to start your project —
think again.
A close look at almost any plan will reveal some issues that you should
resolve before you begin working on your first task. These might include a
schedule that ends a month after your deadline, human resources who are
assigned to work 36-hour days, or a budget that exceeds the national debt.
(Details, details. . . . )
But even if you don’t see any glaring problems in the areas of time, workload,
or money, you should do a few things to make sure that your project is as
realistic as possible before you commit to it. So take a moment to give your
project the once-over.
Everything Filters to the Bottom Line
A first step in making sure that your plan is solid is simply looking at it from
a few different perspectives. It’s like walking around a car to see all its features
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