Comparing Different Project Scenarios in OnePager

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 1 MSP-09042013

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

Option 2 MSP-09042013

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

Option 3 MSP-09042013

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.

Reshoot-Drilling Rig Scheduling Analysis-09092013

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.

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About Bob Feingold

Bob is a seasoned technology and project management executive. As an Air Force Officer (Colonel) from 1965 through 1991, he served in a number of executive leadership, computer system development, and program management roles. After retirement, he joined Robbins-Gioia, Inc. as a Regional Vice President and Program Management Consultant. He then moved to state government, where he held numerous influential positions, culminating in his service as Chief Information Officer for the State of Colorado under Governor Bill Owens. Bob has a doctorate degree in Operations Research and an MBA from Indiana University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami.

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