In the previous post, we explain how to do the Inch-Pebbles estimation technique. Now you know to do skillful project estimation. But there is always a but. Other stakeholders do not have that knowledge and will try to game your scheduling effort. The post is based on a remarkable book written by Johanna Rothman, Manage It!
Enter The Schedule Games
Johanna explains what the Schedule Game is. It is not a pleasant game for Project Manager because the estimated project schedule is attacked!
You will play a scheduled game against all other stakeholders. Your opponents are:
- team members
To play the scheduled game well, you first need to recognize the schedule game pattern, because there are sixteen different schedule games. Your opponents will push against your project schedules in the other way. Push back means that they would like to contract your schedule. Pushing back is done in recognizable patterns, sixteen of them. You will be better at schedule games if you can better recognize schedule game patterns.