Introduction to Scheduling

Large projects have very large number of stakeholders in the form of Owner, Project management consultants (PMC), Contractors, Sub-contractors. This can be again divided based on their disciplines like quality, procurement, engineering, risk etc.

If all these stakeholders are not using compatible tools and processes to create, status update and schedule revisions, roll up and down of the schedule from the lower levels to higher levels and vice-versa is not possible.

Schedule management is the process of planning, implementing, checking and acting on the compatibility of schedules and the integrity of the schedule data.

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Schedule management comprises of;

  • Plan schedule management
  • Define activities
  • Sequence activities 
  • Estimate activity durations 
  • Develop schedule 
  • Control schedule 

Tools & Techniques 

  • Decomposition
  • Rolling wave planning 
  • Precedence diagramming method
  • Dependency determination and integration 
  • Leads and lags 
  • Project Management Information System (PMIS)
  • Analogous estimation 
  • Parametric estimation
  • Three point estimation
  • Bottom up analysis 
  • Schedule network analysis
  • Critical path method 
  • Resource optimization
  • Agile release planning
  • Schedule compression
    • Fast tracking
    • Crashing 

Artifacts 

  • Schedule management plan
  • Activity lists
  • Activity attributes
  • Milestone list
  • Project schedule network diagrams
  • Duration estimates
  • Basis of estimates
  • Schedule baseline 
  • Schedule data
  • Project calendars
  • Work performance information
  • Schedule forecasts

References

PMBOK V6 Pages 173 – 230