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.
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).
- Schedule management plan.
- Project schedule baseline:
- activity list
- milestone list
- duration estimates.
Last updated: 16 April 2021
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