Comparing Different Project Scenarios Using OnePager's Swimlanes

Bob Feingold

In many situations, a project manager is faced with different options that, if not well analyzed, could prolong a project’s duration and increase cost. OnePager gives you a way to visualize the different options side-by-side and make a well-informed decision.

You can do this by modeling different project scenarios in MS Project, and then importing each scenario into a separate swimlane within a single OnePager Pro view.

To take a simple example, suppose we want to schedule a drilling rig to drill at three different sites for specified durations. The three destination sites are different distances from the home base where it must return for maintenance after the three drilling operations are completed.

Option 1: Visit Site A > Site B > Site C > Home Base:

Option 2: Visit Site C > Site A > Site B > Home Base:

Option 3: Visit Site A > Site C > Site B > Home Base:

The next step is to import the three different scenarios from Microsoft Project into OnePager Pro. This is done by creating a new OnePager Pro project view from Option 1, updating it to add a second swimlane for Option 2, and then doing a second update to add Option 3 in its own swimlane.

Although this is a simple example, it does show that using OnePager Pro’s multiple project import feature is a good way to show different project options and portray various scheduling “What If” scenarios. 15-Day
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