The project timeline is a cornerstone of project management. But as most system integrators and computer/software programmers know, developing and sticking to a timeline can be easier said than done. From technical issues to personnel problems, unexpected complications can arise at any time, throwing an IT project team off-schedule.
Even so, a project timeline is critical to time management planning and is a necessary project management tool for keeping your client informed and your project on track and on budget. Whether your consulting project involves system integration or computer/software programming, a detailed timeline enables an IT project manager to:
- Give your client immediate, accurate, on-demand status reports on what’s done, due or behind schedule;
- Always know where you are in each project, and whether you’re ahead of the game or losing money;
- Identify potential delays and resolve glitches before they set your project back;
- Alert customers earlier to potential delays