A trustworthy plan starts with a trustworthy process.

Software Rooted in Hands-on Success

For more than 25 years, our planning method has rescued large-scale projects from scheduling conflicts, budget overruns, and the many other stresses and strains that occur when a project under-delivers.

Until now, our method has required hours or days of hands-on facilitation. Now, OVERGantt guides you through the same proven process.

You can complete the process entirely on your own, relying on the voice of the software’s planning assistant, OLee, for guidance. Alternatively, an OVERGantt Facilitator can lead you through all, or some of the steps, providing personal support as you build your project plan.

Whatever level of support you choose, our method leads you through five steps of guided inquiry, resulting in a detailed plan, that you and your team can rely on as you execute the project.

step one

Confirm the WHY

A successful project journey begins with a clear destination, an explicit, justifiable rationale for completing the project. To start a project, the team needs to establish an OVERView, a brief document summarizing the project and describing exactly what success will look like. Unlike conventional project charters, the OVERView isn’t a bulky document that gets filed away and forgotten. It’s a brief, living document that’s easy to read and update. As the project unfolds, the OVERView keeps your entire team focused on the project objectives and required performance criteria.

step two

Clarify the WHAT

The OVERView isn’t complete until we’ve identified all the project outcomes and the individual outputs that will deliver those outcomes. Many inexperienced project managers skip this step, but it’s critical to success. Working collaboratively with subject matter experts and others on your team, we confirm each project deliverable, leaving no execution step unexamined. Through a process of guided inquiry, we also call out assumptions and risks, identify constraints, and determine how and when to communicate with stakeholders. Yes, this clarification takes time, however without this in-depth analysis, you can’t generate a reliable plan—you’re only planning for inevitable failure.

step three

Map out the HOW

Most project plans are doomed from conception because they begin with an arbitrary timeline imposing a start date, a finish date, or both. In many cases, these hard constraints put unrealistic pressure on the project team and budget. We take a more rational approach. Rather than starting with the timeline, we start with the project goals and deliverables and use them to develop a logical plan your team can actually execute. Whereas most planning methods start with the first project task and work forward from there, we create a schedule in reverse order, working from the final task to the start, creating a schedule in reverse. Using our focused logic method, we map out each task in an advanced network diagram. This shows the entire project in an easy-to-read, scrollable flowchart. As we place each task on the diagram, we ask, “What must be immediately true for this task to start?” Compared with more conventional approaches, this logical planning method allows us to more effectively identify predecessors. Dependencies (predecessors/successors) are the missing link between tasks. OVERGantt also assists in identifying task constraints and risks that need to be mitigated.

step four

Identify the WHO, WHEN, WHERE

When you use guided inquiry to interrogate each step of the project, you plan all the requirements needed to complete each project task, including the resources, timeline, and location. This combination of focused logic and guided inquiry removes potential “surprises” that can derail a project, such as schedule conflicts or unforeseen delays due to a lack of supplies or personnel. The advanced network diagram provides a schedule that’s easy to interpret and share. At a glance, everyone on your team can view all the elements that make up a project. This visibility creates a common vision of success and improved collaboration.

step five

Project Control

The truth is there’s no such thing as a perfect project plan, and it is by no means static. The complexity of coordinating hundreds or thousands of tasks, links, resources, dates, etc. is an iterative process of refinement and takes a lot of effort.

OVERGantt was created to produce the very best project plan and  equip the team to control the plan through to completion. We enable teams to correct errors and omissions sooner, take advantage of opportunities and options when they happen and quickly transition to ‘what-if’ scenarios should a risk factor come to life.

Traditional, static plans often lag behind what’s actually happening. Left unchecked, faith in the plan wanes, allowing crisis management to take over.

OVERGantt creates ‘living plans’. Our unique combination of tools and methods keeps your plans up-to-date and under control like you’ve never seen before.
Your stress level will thank you.

Finally, A Method...

For too long, planning has been undervalued as a project management discipline. We’ve fallen into thinking that reliable planning is a myth and that the real work of project management is responding to crises during execution. With OVERGantt, you can avoid this trap. Stop fixating on execution issues and start managing to a clear vision of success. Give your team the guidance and support they need to stop worrying about schedule slippage so they can focus on their assigned tasks and get the work done.

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