2 Controlling the project
2.1 Unique problems and constraints
In an ideal world, projects would be completed on time, within specified budgets and to the standards set out in the plans. In practice, any project involves a set of unique problems and constraints that inevitably create complexity and risk. Plans are liable to change as work progresses, and each stage in the process may have to be revisited several times before completion. Projects do not exist in a vacuum: they often take place in rapidly changing contexts, and the impact of the changing environment on the life-cycle of the project has to be managed. In projects, new issues will emerge as activities evolve. In this section we discuss ways of monitoring a project as it progresses, and of identifying any emerging risks or potential for improvement, keeping activities in line with the plan or adjusting plans accordingly.
Attached below as a pdf is an example of a type of bar chart that shows progress to date and the amount of work yet to be done. To be valid, progress needs to be updated regularly.
Please click on the link below to view the tracking bar chart. (PDF, 1 page, 15.0 kb)