Before we leave the office for the weekend, we stop for a quick coffee talk with our project management colleagues to chat about their best practices. Well, not literally, but that's how we designed our interview series "5 questions about project management". To be fast, intense and refreshing like a good cup of coffee.
Today, we’ll talk to Gareth Watson. He is the founder of Lgo Knowledge Ltd., a project management consulting company supporting clients in using project management methods like PRINCE2 and others. Gareth Watson also teaches Merlin Project to individuals and corporations.
You use Merlin Project to schedule your projects and keep track of work, resources and cost? Then you already know how to enter new activities, define them by 'Given Work' or 'Given Duration' as required and/or assign resources. So let's assume that you have two activities; defined one by 13 hours, the other by 4.5 weeks of given work.
You need now to show - maybe for reporting reasons - 'Planned Work', 'Expected Duration', etc by activity or assignment. So you enable the desired column(s) in the outline or Gantt. Merlin Project calculates the information, uses the statistic work values and selects the unit coming nearer to the entered values. That shows the first activity by a planned work of 1.62 days, the other by 1.12 months.
How to have all work or duration units the same, for example in 'days'?
What does project business has to do with the Bible? Nothing. Unless you take the 10 Commandments and apply them to project management. That’s exactly, what we have done and it was not only fun but revealed some basic truths about how to manage projects with success.