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Remember that Project 2007 offers new features to help you try out what-if
scenarios and determine what’s driving the timing of tasks (see Chapter 15).
Use these to figure out the best way to proceed.
Learn from Your Mistakes
One of the greatest gifts that Project offers you is the capability to look back
after you complete a project so that you can learn from your mistakes. You
can review your original schedule and every version after that to see how
well you estimated time and money and figure out how to do it better.
By using records of your project, you can spot trends. Where do you always
seem to miss on timing? Do you always allow way too little time on market
research and way too much time for Q&A? Do you always forget to budget for
temporary help during rush times, or do you overstaff early on when you
could get by with fewer people?
Use the wealth of information in Project schedules to educate yourself on
your own strengths and weaknesses as a project planner and manager and to
get better with each project you take on.
Use the Portfolio Analyzer tool to get the bigger picture across all the
projects and programs for which you’re responsible.