Amacom - Modern Project Management (Ocr) - 2001 ! - (By Laxxuss)

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Unformatted text preview: odern Project to actually use these dates as opposed to some other set of dates. These new dates, as we already know, are stored within Modern Project in a database table called Schedule Dates, but they have not yet been moved into the individual tasks in Modern Project. To do this, you must click on the Transfer Schedule Dates control button on Modern Project's Main Menu. This will cause the Transfer Schedule Dates form to appear, which allows you to choose which schedule you want to update. Choose the control schedule by clicking on the Update Control Schedule control button. Modern Project should now confirm that it has successfully transferred the dates. Page 210 If you display the Earned Value Chart again after the dates have been transferred from Microsoft Project, you will see that the shape of the baseline labor-hours curve has changed somewhat. This is because the schedule data produced by Microsoft Project is a little different from the control schedule dates we entered manually in Chapters 2 and 6. TE Team-Fly® AM FL Y Page 211 Chapter 8— Government Projects The management of large government-funded projects has had a profound impact on the project management profession. In general, it can be said that project management for government projects and for commercial (nongovernment) projects has progressed along two separate tracks. On the surface, these tracks appear to be considerably different, but upon closer inspection it can be seen that they run parallel to each other. Each project management profession (government and commercial) has developed its own vocabulary. In this book, up until now, we have restricted our vocabulary to that of the commercial project managers, primarily because there are a lot more of them out there. But now it is time to turn our attention to the government project management sector. This is not for the purpose of making government project managers feel they have not been left out but to understand the significance of their contribution to the project management field and their particular philosophies of project management. 8.1— Historical Perspective Government project managers could argue that, in a sense, most of the significant project management technical innovations of the past forty years have originated in government proj - Page 212 ects. Commercial project managers who have come in contact with government project management techniques often feel they are overly restrictive, with an emphasis on techniques and form rather than on end results. Commercial project managers also find the vocabulary of government project managers arcane, filled with cryptic acronyms that, when expanded, translate into overly complicated technical names for simple concepts. Before we can mine the gold that is hidden within the government project management profession, we must first learn its vocabulary. The language government project managers speak is actually not a complicated one. Unlike human language translation, translation from the government...
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