My habit is to pull out my last schedule – or some schedule that is vaguely similar to my new project – and use it as a starting point. That works…sort of. It may get you 25% of the way there…or maybe even 50% of the way there if you’re lucky. Well, now we have a better option – The Project Butler from adaQuest.
The concept beyond The Project Butler seems easy enough – you’ll wish you thought of it yourself. Basically, The Project Butler is an application that lets users answer questions which are linked to groups of tasks. The end result is a mostly built project schedule ready for you to tweak and finalize to use on your project. You won’t be left 25% of the way there, or 50% of the way there…this tool will get you 80-90% of the way to a final, ready-to-use project schedule.
The questions The Project Butler asks you can have Yes/No answers or can have answers based on a custom choice list of valid answers. Some questions may even be free text. All answers become attributes associated to the project schedule at the project level.
Each answer and question match may “trigger” a set of tasks to be added to the project schedule. Task lists are actually stored in SharePoint task lists and are intended to be small sets of tasks that represent the best practice way to support the question and answer in the project schedule. Yes, the tool actually asks you questions and walks you through the process of building the right schedule with relevant tasks to your current project.
Sign up for the March 26th webinar here. It’s one hour, it’s free, and it may save you lots of headaches and make you look like a genius at the same time.