We were kicking around the new role description for a Project Manager. Howard held a copy of the current description. Current should be taken with a grain of salt. It was created five years ago and was little more than a starting place.
“Okay,” I began. “It says here that one of the responsibilities is scheduling.
-The Project Manager is in charge of scheduling materials, equipment and personnel for the project.-
“Remember our two questions? How well should it be done and by when?” I paused. The looks around the table were puzzled. I would have to dig deeper.
“Is part of scheduling actually publishing a written schedule?” I asked, finally getting nods of agreement.
“How far in advance should the schedule go?”
Matthew raised his hand. “At least a week.” He looked around to see if he was right. No one challenged him.
“Okay, by when should this schedule be published?”
Henry jumped in first. “By Friday, the week before, so on Monday, we know what is going on.”
“What time on Friday?”
“By 5:00 o’clock.” Henry replied.
I smiled. “Why not give yourself some time on Friday to review the Project Manager’s schedule to make sure it will fly?” Henry thought a minute, then slowly his head nodded.
“By Friday at noon, the Project Manager will publish a written schedule detailing the materials, equipment and personnel requirements for each day of the following week.”
“Is that better than the Project Manager is in charge of scheduling?”