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Chapter 15
You’re Behind: Now What?
In This Chapter
Reviewing your plan versions and notes to understand what went wrong
Trying out what-if scenarios
Working with the Analysis toolbar
Understanding how getting more time or more people will help
Adjusting your timing going forward
In almost every project comes a time when you feel like the floor dropped
out from under you. Suddenly — and this one just snuck up on you —
you’re $20,000 over budget. Or you’re going to miss that drop-dead deadline
by two weeks. All the aspirin in the world isn’t going to solve this one.
Of course, you have a general idea of what happened because you’re smart,
you kept in touch with your team, and you have Project and all its columns of
data. Still, somehow things are off track, and you need to take action at this
point. First, you have to justify what occurred (abbreviated CYA ), and then
you have to fix things so that you can go forward and just maybe save your
project, your job, or both.
How do you save the day when things go off track? What you have to do at
this point involves analyzing your options and making some tough choices.
This is stuff you did before you ever heard of Microsoft Project. However,
Project can help you try out some possible solutions and anticipate the likely
results. After you decide what to do, you have to implement your solutions in
Project.
Justifying Yourself: Notes, Baselines,
and Interim Plans
If you’ve kept interim plans, multiple baselines, and task notes in Project, it’s
much easier to explain how you got into this mess to the powers-that-be.
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