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Manage It! by Johanna Rothman

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Select from These Scheduling Techniques

I select from among these scheduling techniques when laying out the project: top-down, bottom-up, and inside out, Hudson Bay Start, and a short iteration.

Top-Down Scheduling

Top-down scheduling generally starts with milestones. Serial life cycles tend to start with top-down scheduling, because the phases are so clear. (Hint: if you must use a serial life cycle, make sure you use deliverable-based planning as a technique to generate your milestones, as discussed in Deliverable-Based Planning.)

Organize the project schedule into phases, iterations, or chunks. Lay them out on a whiteboard or on stickies on a wall. Dwayne Phillips recommends cards on a wall as another low-tech scheduling technique. When ...

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