With every project comes the risk of scheduling conflicts that can create unforeseen complications. Hear from a few project managers about how they avoid these situations.

Meerschaert says that in order to keep on schedule at CenTrak, she pays close attention to timelines and monitors the team’s work to help quickly identify if tasks were over- or underestimated before the project goes off the rails. She’s also had much success by using effective communication to rephrase her questions during planning meetings: “Instead of asking my team members how long a task will take, I ask them for their best case scenario, their worst case scenario, and then ask them, ‘Assuming this task is delayed, what would have held it up?'” In her experience, this helps her team to more readily identify potential bottlenecks and develop more realistic schedules. She finds these efforts help keep project stakeholders more invested in scope than time line.

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