Talk to me about schedules, please. I recently moved back into an IC role and am once again responsible for developing project plans. I absolutely loathe building schedules but I can’t seem to pin point why. Maybe because building a good one with dependencies takes forever or because no one looks at them or because they seem outdated. Why can’t prioritization do the work for us? How do you all approach schedules? Thoughts? Ideas?

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I don’t meant to be harsh but maybe you are in the wrong role/field? A schedule is critical. Building it allows you to think through what needs to get done, critical key milestones, potential issues, etc. I focus on key milestones with partners who don’t get into the weeds but I always have detailed timelines that I can keep updated as I go! The ones I use the most are templates. This is how I clearly prioritize work for teams because what seems like a priority to them may not make the most sense based on all the work and dependencies.

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I felt this way early on in my career and I later discovered that it was because I hadn’t fully wrapped my head around all of the steps that were required to complete the project from beginning to end. Templatizing helped A LOT. Don’t reinvent the wheel, pick up something you’ve already built and tailor it to the new deliverable. It will also help you think through those steps, and if you have any knowledge gaps, it’ll help fill them in visually. It did for me!

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