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About: Jim Aksel

Jim Aksel, PMP, PMP-SP, MVP, is the Principal Consultant for AzTech International, LLC based in Southern California. He has been working in the aerospace and commercial sectors since 1976 with stints at Boeing, General Electric, Toshiba-America, Rockwell Collins, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, and others. His leadership involves both domestic and international management. Contact Jim at  

All Articles and Webinars by Jim Aksel

Webinar: From the Experts …Let’s do a Schedule Health Assessment

Written on December 11, 2013, by

Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Technical Category of the Talent Triangle.   Description: A schedule health assessment assures schedule models accurately represent the scope of work in a logically connected manner. A healthy schedule is logically sound, contains proper status, is not…

Project Date Numbering

Written on March 22, 2010, by

Often a schedule is prepared without knowledge of an actual start date. For example, a proposal may be prepared and shown to a customer who wants to know what happens on each day of the project without regard to a calendar date. This article shows how to present a schedule using “Project Days” instead of…

Scheduling Master: Finish to Start Successors

Written on May 12, 2009, by

In addition to creating schedule logic the way people ordinarily perform their business activities, it’s important from a scheduling logic perspective to also include at least one Finish-To-Start successor to each detail level task in a Microsoft Project schedule model. To illustrate this, I’m going to use a wildly exaggerated example. Consider a program that…

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