Keeping our projects on track

Given that our success as project managers, rightly or wrongly, often depends on getting there on time and within budget, we need to promptly detect and correct excessive variance, where variance is the difference between planned and actual performance, of which there will always be some.  The principle here is “to solve it easily, detect it early.”  Means of detection might include a threat/opportunities (risk) log, issues log, lessons learned log, change or variations log, accident register, progress reports, status reports, exception reports, site visits, variance reports, milestone slip charts, personal contact, interviews, questionnaires, sampling and testing, meetings, audits and reviews, prototypes and trials, checklists, telephone conferences, video conferences, structured walk throughs, demonstrations, simulations, benchmarking, peer reviews, and earned value analysis, but not all of these of course.  We need to be cost-effective.

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