Start Scheduling with a Low-Tech Tool

Back in the Stone Age, when I started managing projects, we didn’t have electronic scheduling tools. We had blackboards, paper, and flowchart templates. I used a blackboard to lay out the schedule for projects. Blackboards worked well—if I made a mistake, I erased the sequence and inserted it where I needed it.

But blackboards can become messy if you have to erase and rewrite information. Even when I moved to whiteboards in the Neolithic Age, the whiteboard can be hard to see—sometimes the old information is still visible under the new drawings.

When yellow stickies came out in the Modern Age, I moved to yellow stickies.[8] It’s easy to write a task on a sticky, put the sticky up on the wall, and discuss ...

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