It took 20 years for the
character Andy Dufresne to tunnel his way to freedom in the Oscar winning movie
The Shawshank Redemption. While
most of us will never tackle a project of this scope, we all face long-term
projects in the workplace. How best to track progress?
There is no one size-fits-all
answer. Large companies, with deep pockets and dedicated project managers, can
avail themselves of tools such as enterprise project
management software, Gantt charts, PERT
(Program Review and Review Technique) and Earned
Value Analysis .
Looking to learn more about the fundamentals of project
management? Visit the Project Management Institute (PMI), a non-profit
professional organization, for resources including the seminal A Guide to the Project
Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK
PMBOK is the internationally recognized standard on project management
as it applies to a wide range of projects including construction, software,
engineering and automotive production.
Smaller companies, or independent workers, require simpler
project management tools that allow energy to be focused on completing projects rather than tracking
progress. Pared down tacking tools for leaner infrastructures can include:
The bottom line, long-term
projects need to be chipped away at a day at a time, much like Andy Dufresne's
tunnel. Make use of project tracking tools
ensure that you are staying on track.
How do you track-long
term projects? What role do milestones and deadlines play in getting to the end
of your tunnel? Share your thoughts here and on the Beyond Folders Community's Facebook and Twitter
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