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Posted on 2011-09-13
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Hello, my company is implementing a Project (Meaningful Use) using LeanPM. They want to avoid Tasks in MS Project that are less than 8hrs.
Basically under the Monitoring and Controlling Phase.
My question is how to put in a Change Request Structure (Cleanest and Best Practice)?

Real life Steps:
1) Change Request to PM (email)
2) Team Evaluates (1hr meeting)
3) Approval (sign off)
4) Update Project Plans (1hr)

I appreciate the views of some more experience PM's.
Thank you!
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by:thausla
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Hi,

can you shed some more light on this? Is your question about how to get change requests (where ever they are captured) into a Microsoft Project plan?
The initial requirement to not plan below 1 day sounds very reasonable but is more a process and organisational measure than a software issue.

Any additional detail would help!

Thomas
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by:CitySunrise
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Thomas,
Hello, thanks for looking at the question.
I just want to see how it should look in the Project Plan.
Right now the plan I inherited looks like the following.
And the weeks go on for the length of the Project. so each group is really long.
Is that how other people are doing it?
Maybe but it seemed like there must be an easier way to me.

Change Request  
  Goes to PM
     Goes to PM (week 1)
     Goes to PM (week 2)
     Goes to PM (week 3)
     Goes to PM (week 4)
  Team Evaluates
     (week 1)
     (week 2)
     (week 3)
     (week 4)
  Sponsor Approval
     (week 1)
     (week 2)
     (week 3)
     (week 4)
  Change in Project Plan
     (week 1)
     (week 2)
     (week 3)
     (week 4)

Thanks.
     
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thausla earned 500 total points
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Hi, this sounds more like a check list for the weekly CR process. I wonder if you need these 4 steps as separate tasks because you want to either assign different resources to them (if at all) and/or need to update and track them separately. Both would be a level of detail that's difficult to maintain!

Would it work if you insert a RECURRING task into your schedule and have the information about the 4 steps in the notes of the task? Sorry if I'm boring you with this and you tried it already... Insert-recurring-task.docx
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by:CitySunrise
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thausla,

Thank you!
I think this a a great idea!
I just didn't know how to approach it. And I knew about recurring task but I havn't seen them used this efficiently. Perfect!

Have a great day!
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by:CitySunrise
ID: 36587865
So gald to have a solution to this.
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