Develop schedule

Develop schedule  Schedule network analysis – an iterative process performed until a viable schedule model is arrived at and comprises of; Critical path method Resource optimization techniques Modeling techniques Assessing the need to aggregate schedule reserves at the points of path convergence, to reduce the probability of schedule slip Critical path review to detect activities of…

Estimate activity durations

Estimate activity durations  Once the activity sequences are established, the next logical step is to estimate the activity durations. The key techniques are; Analogous estimation – Estimation of the activity at hand is performed by comparing it with a past similar activity. Parametric estimation – based on averages / indexes. Example : Cost / Square…

Sequence activities

Once the activities are identified, the next step is to sequence them based on their dependencies. This step defines the logical sequence of work considering inter disciplinary constraints thus providing the greatest efficiency. Major chunk of the activity sequencing happens during planning and continues throughout the project. The output of ‘Sequence activities’ is the activity…

Define activities

Once the schedule management plan is prepared, the next step is to define the activities. When we start the project, we start with the high level scope, which gets elaborated into detailed scope. The detailed scope gets decomposed into  Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) The work packages of the WBS gets decomposed further into activities For…

Plan schedule management

Plan schedule management  Plan schedule management is the first step in schedule management. Involves creation of a schedule management plan to prepare and manage the project schedule. The key steps involved are; Defining the method to be adopted for the development of the schedule. This is tightly linked to the project’s strategy. Some projects demand…

Key steps of schedule management

Steps involved in schedule management Plan schedule management – Establishes the policies, procedures and documentation for planning, developing, managing, executing, and controlling the project schedule resulting in the Schedule management plan Define activities – Decomposing the work packages into activities resulting in the activity lists, activity attributes Sequence activities – Sequencing the activities based on their relationships resulting in…

Different types of schedules based on level of detail and purpose

Level 1: Level 1 schedules are high-level schedules that reflect key milestones by major phase, stage or summary activities of projects being executed specifically engineering, procurement, construction and start-up activities. Generally represented as gantt charts. Level 1 schedules provide high-level information that assist in the decision making. Level 2 : Level 2 schedules are generally prepared to…