6.7 Control Schedule

"The process of monitoring the status of project activities to update project progress and manage changes to the schedule baseline to achieve the plan."

The definition shown above in italics is taken from the Glossary of the Project Management Institute, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) – Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute Inc., 2013

Project Management Institute, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) – Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute Inc., 2013 Figure 6-22 Page 185

Tools & Techniques

To find out where we are time wise:

  • Performance reviews
  • Variance analysis
  • Project management software

To resolve scheduling issues & bring project back on track:

  • Resource optimisation techniques
  • Modelling techniques
  • Leads and lags
  • Schedule compression
  • Scheduling tool
  • EVM (Earned Value Management): to be discussed in 7.4 Control Costs process

Factors to consider

Where are we now in the schedule?

What are the factors that could cause change?

  • How do I influence them to minimise/eliminate the need for change

What has changed and when?

  • What are the implications?
  • Did the implementation of approved changes go as intended?

Changes to the schedule and budget need to be raised to the CCB and approval gained

Tools and Techniques

Performance Reviews:

  • Trend Analysis
  • Critical Path
  • Critical Chain
  • Earned Value Management – identifying variances and efficiency measures

Resource Optimisation Techniques

Modelling Techniques

  • Scenario analysis with risk monitoring to identify changes required

Leads and Lags

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