The problem with plans is that life doesn’t always get the memo. Even when you take the time to iron out the details, get support from your team (and those who back you financially), unpredictable delays and challenges arise. Project management gets dicey when tasks get off track but you don’t just throw in the towel on an entire idea. You develop a system that helps you right the ship, despite a temporary derailment.
One of our favorite digital tools – Asana – helps you fit all the pieces of a project together and rearrange them when needed, so that you can still meet your deadline (despite life’s lemons). Asana Timeline helps you prepare for the unexpected in three different ways:
Modify Steps To Completion
If you’ve been a project manager for any amount of time or been voluntold you’re leading a team venture, you know that one of the most time consuming pieces to finishing the job is waiting on each member of the team to contribute their work.
What it looks like -> Kathy can’t finish the graphic designs until Bill (who happens to be out with the flu) gets her the 25 color variations of the company logo, and so on…
You uncover new dependencies throughout the process, but with Timeline from Asana, you get a big-picture view of what the project looks like and can move, reassign or eliminate certain tasks to avoid the dependency delay.
See How Changes Affect The Deadline
When an abrupt challenge surfaces, it can prolong your project timeline and make deadlines difficult to meet. Conversely, if everything is on track and moving more quickly than expected, you want to keep that momentum going.
When you change or add tasks within Asana Timeline, you can see how that one change affects the project as a whole, allowing you to:
- Better project how the change will affect each team member and relay those new expectations to your employees.
- Adjust future tasks to keep the project on target to allow for a different project due date.
Update Everyone Of Changes (Without A Meeting)
So often, we waste the time we could use on completing a task, to organize and conduct a meeting… to talk about completing the task. Asana Timeline eliminates the need for update meetings as the tool allows you to communicate with everyone involved in the project.
Team members won’t miss an update or change when you utilize Asana Timeline. Task owners automatically receive a notification when you make an update within the platform. You can also make comments or start a conversation to make the team aware of new information.
Project goals don’t have to be disrupted by unforeseen changes. Timeline can help you carefully move through changes to ensure you still meet your deadline, communicate with your team when needed, and develop a more efficient way to finish your projects.
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