MilestoneTask – Project Management Matters

MilestoneTask.Com is an initiative to enhance project management knowledge by sharing experience gained in delivering real life projects, implementing best practices, and applying tools and techniques to meet project goals.

MilestoneTask intends to offer useful resources for project managers as well as PMP aspirants. Atul Gaur a Project Management Professional (PMP) and an ex. officer of the Indian Navy with a rich experience in delivering EPCM projects across various industry verticals is the author of this blog.

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Project Management Skills



Adept in managing complex warship boiler re-tubing projects to highly demanding engineering, procurement and construction projects for process industry across industry verticals. System oriented who uses structured approach to solve problems.


Proficient in using Microsoft Project as scheduling tool, apply global benchmark practices to develop WBS, activity list and activity dependencies. Skilled in applying S-Curve for tracking deliverable and implement EVM for schedule and cost control.


Capable of leading a multi-disciplinary team of professionals in matrix as well as projectized organization structure, can lead a project right from takeover from market segment until handover of the project to end customer.


Methodically review projects, work out variances and initiate corrective and preventive actions. Involve project team in the review processess and use interactive presentations to report the project progress to stakeholders.

Value System

Driven by core Naval values which are deeply imbibed in thoughts and action. Absolutely systematic, process oriented and unbiased in approach. Believes in fulfilling contractual obligations without impacting project profitability.

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Continue reading more on MilestoneTask to know about nuances of project management and also benefit from the abundance of experience gained in executing demanding engineering, procurement & construction projects.


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The Author

Atul Gaur

Ex Naval Officer & Project Management Professional (PMP) with established credentials of successfully delivering engineering, procurement and construction projects across industry verticals.
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Monitoring and Controlling of project work requires constant review of planned vs actual data of project work. Earned Value (EVM) project management technique offers mathematical equations for arriving at schedule and cost variance but there are many organizations that do not use earned value management techniques for project monitoring and controlling. Whether a project deploys evm techniques or not, it is necessary that the present performance of the project is compared against

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The Guide To The Project Management Body Of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide)® is an indispensable resource for project managers as well as for PMP aspirants. The guide includes the standard for project management and key concepts and project management processes that can be used in any industry. The PMBOK guide fifth edition was published in 2013 and was due for an update. So what’s new in the sixth edition?

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While developing the project schedule it is imperative that all project activities that relate to project success are identified. These identified activities are then analysed for relationships that exists among them so that a well-structured and a logically correct network of project activities can be established. A logically correct schedule network can help the project team in concentrating on sequence of activities essential for project success.

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Critical path of a logically structured project schedule network diagram specifies a list of activities that are in sequence and need utmost attention of the project manager and the project team. If any activity on the critical path is delayed it will delay the project completion date. Critical path signifies that all activities on the critical path must start and finish as per the schedule dates and no slippages are acceptable.

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Summary task as the name signifies are project activities used for structuring the project schedule. Summary tasks are not assigned any predecessor and successor and are also not assigned any duration or resources. MS Project automatically calculates the duration, start, finish dates and the cost associated with the summary task based on the information of the associated sub task. In order to create a summary task in MSP, all you need to do is to indent a task just below it.

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Project managers have to face questions on future performance of the project cost. What is the remaining work likely to cost? What is the entire project likely to cost? How much will be over or under budget at the end of the project? Earned Value Management technique has a set of highly effective and proven tools to forecast the cost performance of the project. This post explains how evm formulas can be used to forecast project costs.

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Awards & Accolades

Acknowledgement of Skills

Mistake? Solution

Atul Gaur expressed his views on common mistakes that occur in project management like blowing cost estimates, failing to escalate, and keeping strategy close to the vest, views were published in PMI Career Central article titled Mistake? Solution.

PMP Certificate

Atul Gaur is committed to the profession of managing projects successfully and has therefore achieved the global credential in Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in Feb, 2016. The extract of PMP certificate is available here.

Articles Indian Navy

As a commissioned officer Atul Gaur has authored various articles for the Indian Navy. The ones that were awarded are Digital battlefields, weld repairs to water drum of aircraft carrier and titanium fabrication of snort exhaust trunking for submarines.


Atul Gaur expressed his views on roadblocks encountered during virtual communication. These views were published in an article Open Lines on the Open Road in February 2014 edition of PM Network – a PMI publication. Extract of the article is placed here.

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