Schedule management

Overview

The project schedule is one of the most important project artefacts.

Establishing a realistic and achievable project schedule is one of the critical initial actions in setting up a project.

Project scheduling provides a detailed plan or 'road map' to assist the project manager and project team complete the project successfully.

It represents how and when the project will deliver the products, serving as a tool for communicating to stakeholders and as a basis for performance reporting.

Key activities

Schedule management process includes the following key activities:

  • Schedule management planning – The schedule management plan is developed, describing the approach for schedule management.
  • Develop the schedule – The schedule is developed based on the project's work breakdown structure (WBS). It involves defining and sequencing activities, estimating the activity durations and resources and baselining the schedule.
  • Schedule monitoring and control – Keeps the schedules current and accurate, monitors the status of the project, and managing changes to the schedule baseline. It is performed throughout the project lifecycle.
  • Schedule status reporting – Standard schedule reporting types include:
    • resource task lists and work packages
    • project schedule report and
    • project master schedule (Gantt chart).

Key outputs

  • Schedule management plan.
  • Project schedule baseline:
    • activity list
    • milestone list
    • duration estimates.

Last updated: 16 April 2021

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