Schedule updating and project control
Microsoft Project has a Gantt Chart wizard that will automatically format the Gantt chart to display the critical path.
To use the Gantt Chart wizard, access the Gantt Chart view.
The Schedule table is useful when you want to understand the slack in the schedule.
With the critical tasks grouped, you can quickly view the available slack in the non-critical tasks.
The same level of rigor is required to plan changes to the baseline plans, as were required to develop the baseline plan originally.
This is an area that many teams fall short – they often behave like change is complete at the time it is approved (contrary to popular opinion, changes do not implement themselves).
During the process of identifying the change, the project manager will refer to the guidelines established in the Project Management Plan to determine if this is a change that should be managed utilize through the formal project change control process.Effective change control processes maintains the appropriate balance between control/discipline to manage to the baseline plan, and flexibility to adapt the plans to meet customer expectations.In the spirit of not overcomplicating the process, the basic steps associated with the change control process are pretty straightforward (depicted in the graphic below).The goal of change control is NOT to prevent all change.The change control process enables proactive identification and management of change, in a manner that keeps the project moving in the right direction, towards successful completion/delivery.