6.1 Plan Schedule Management

"The process of establishing the policies, procedures and documentation for planning, developing, managing, executing and controlling the project schedule."

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 - 3 Page 145

Tools and Techniques

Expert Judgement

  • Guided by historical information from past similar projects
  • Involving others as necessary

Analytical Techniques

  • Rolling wave planning; leads and lags; alternatives analysis
  • Reviewing schedule performance
  • Particular methods (PMI Practice Standard for Scheduling)
  • Method will define what framework and tool will be used to create the schedule model (e.g. Gantt chart; network diagram)
  • Compression techniques (fast tracking; crashing)

Schedule Management Plan

  • How the Project schedule will be developed (level of accuracy; units of measure; links to procedures; tools and models to be used)
  • How the Project schedule will be managed during the project life
  • How estimates are to be made for activity resources and durations
  • What constraints and control thresholds will apply
  • Schedule contingencies will be reported/assessed
  • Changes will be made (by referencing – 4.5 Perform Integrated Change Control)
  • How performance will be measured and reported on and to who
  • Descriptions of all processes which apply

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