The History and Future of Time-Scaled Planning

Authored by: Timothy Deane Mather

Most projects, regardless of type or size, include some sort of planning or scheduling session early in their lives. The extent of collaboration, content and scope for such a session can vary dramatically, from something as simple as one person taking a few minutes to detail a few project steps on a piece of paper to something as complex as all project stakeholders participating in a multi-day interactive process to develop a project plan in detail. The authors intend to investigate the historical and current processes used to develop early project plans and to critique current methodology in light of new technologies available now. The authors also will detail what they feel to be the future of interactive/collaborative project planning.