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The Secret to Better Project Planning for Less Frustration in Scheduling

Posted by  Martijn van der Hoeden

Project managers can learn a lot about dealing with uncertainty from military commanders. One of the most valuable quotes from U.S. General Dwight Eisenhower is “Plans are worthless, planning is everything.”

What he meant by that is that things are never going to go exactly according to plan. The successful leader is always planning and adapting to each new situation. Stubbornly sticking to an obsolete plan is a sure recipe for disaster.

It’s one thing to adapt rapidly to new market conditions, and it’s another thing entirely to communicate those changes effectively to all project teams. The best way to get there is with the next generation of cloud-based scheduling tools that solve these problems immediately.

Information Everywhere

The latest project planning software resides in the cloud, with an intuitive project dashboard your whole team can access from a desktop, laptop or mobile device. Communication is not an issue because the team can instantly see changes to worker schedules and resource planning, even in their own Outlook.

Seamless integration with your PSA & ERP solution, time tracking and financial applications make it clear what changes on the back end imply for team tasks and deadlines. As soon as an employee calls in sick or takes paid time off, you can adjust team priorities to meet critical deadlines and budget caps.

Situations like these will arise time and again. In such cases, it helps to have a long-term scheduling plan. This is less about maintaining a staff list and availability chart, and more about formulating policies and frameworks managers can rely on in an emergency.

From Strategy to Tactics

Most project managers agree on general principles, but applying those principles in the best way is really an art form that determines your degree of success. Get advice on both strategy and tactics from experts in project management watching our on-demand webinar on excellence in project performance with the Unit4 PSA Suite. You’ll pull ahead of the competition with insights into forecasting sales, advanced invoicing and the latest tech for intelligent project planning. The future is uncertain, but you don’t have to be.

Martijn van der Hoeden

As Founder of the PSA Suite and Global Head of the PSO Center of Excellence, Martijn van der Hoeden drives to provide the Professional Services Organizations to improve their performances and maximize their organizations efficiency with the Unit4 PSA Suite.