MilestoneTask – Project Management Resources

MilestoneTask offers project management resources for professionals and pmp aspirants. These resources can help enhance efficiency and also provide an indispensable study reference.

This blog is a compendium of knowledge and skills acquired during real world execution of challenging projects. The blog posts are nothing but carefully crafted compilation of valuable experience gained in implementing project management best practices.

Atul Gaur the author of this blog is a certified project management professional with over two decades of experience.

Atul who is also an Indian Navy Veteran has rich experience of managing projects across industry verticals.

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Project Management Skills

Competencies

Capabilities

Profound project management competencies, adept in managing complex naval boiler re-tubing projects to highly demanding engineering, procurement and construction projects. System oriented uses structured approach to solve problems.

Profitability

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.

Leadership

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.

Satisfaction

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

Value System

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

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Atul Gaur

Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) & Ex India Naval Officer with established credentials of successfully delivering epcm 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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Implementation of EVM technique offers some challenges and the most important ones are developing implementation methodology, assessment of percentage work completed, timely collection of work progress data, and availability of actual cost data as organizations have different principles in collection and reporting of actual project cost data. Given the challenges faced with implementation of earned value management technique it is an effective and a reliable tool.

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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. With effect from September 2018 the PMBOK guide has been revised 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 clearly 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 analysis is the process of identifying the longest path in a schedule network diagram. It not only indicates completeness of project schedule but also helps to ascertain degree of flexibility. Moreover, critical path analysis also reveals the minimum duration required to complete a project. Most of the scheduling programs use PDM technique to construct the schedule network diagram. Hence Critical Path Method (CPM) is the most popular analysis technique.

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Critical path of a logically structured project schedule network diagram specifies sequencet of activities that 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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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.

Best Suggestion

As Project Manager – Process & Energy, Atul Gaur participated in an organization wide change management program. Atul received the Best Suggestion Award for recommending improvements to organization’s Project Management Processes.

Communication

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.

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.

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