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Mastering The Workback Schedule: 5 Essential Tips

Quincy Yarbrough
Publication date:
July 14, 2021
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Mastering The Workback Schedule: 5 Essential Tips

The workback schedule is a method of scheduling in which the planner assigns resources to tasks in reverse order, starting from the last task and going to the first. It is best executed with the help of project scheduling software, such as ProjectManager. It is especially beneficial when there are few specific details about the project, such as deliverables and a due date. Additionally, if the project has an immovable deadline, using a workback schedule ensures that everything is scheduled to take place within the project's life cycle. A workback schedule can be used as often or as seldom as the project manager likes.
A workback schedule is a method of scheduling projects that operates by way of bookends: the project start date and the project due date. It allows the project manager to schedule tasks and allocate resources as they see fit, so long as these tasks are accomplished within the set timeline. The chief benefit of this method is the assurance that projects won't go past critical due dates. However, it comes with its share of risks, such as not spreading resources evenly enough and being thrown off by "hiccups" projects face along the way. Additionally, the schedule is sensitive to delays, so if a task at the beginning of the project takes a week longer than anticipated, the rest of the schedule must adapt while maintaining the firm due date.


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Quincy Yarbrough
Mastering The Workback Schedule: 5 Essential Tips
July 14, 2021
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