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There are seemingly endless glitches that can throw off a project's schedule--stakeholder issues, poor planning, and lack of resources, and so forth. This article discusses how project managers can regain lost time and get their projects back on track. A project scheduler for a mining firm identifies issues that can result in scheduling issues: deficient scope definition; poor stakeholder identification; lack of a resource usage plan; no risk-management plan; and poor constraint identification. To eliminate some of these issues, project planning must take place at the start. A clear executive mission should be communicated at the start of the project as well. The article also reviews how to get a project back on track. Sometimes team members need to work extra hours. In this situation, it is necessary to maintain morale. Clear lines of communication are needed and quality monitoring should be conducted throughout the project life cycle, not just until the schedule is restored. Accompanying this article is a s
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