Project Schedule Development
University Project Management Classes
To help you create a useful schedule, Lynn Frock & Company
uses the following approach:
- Understand the schedule needs of all stake holders
- Review the existing project plan to be sure it is sufficient
to begin schedule development
- Work with your subject matter experts to develop the schedule,
plus the screens and reports necessary for analysis and communication.
A good schedule has detail sufficient for control. It should
not require excessive effort to maintain. The amount of detail
is determined by the risks to be managed. A seasoned, motivated
team with dependable suppliers, understood technology and good
stake holder relationships can have a less detailed schedule,
than a team facing larger risk in one or more of these areas.
A good schedule:
- Satisfies the needs of all schedule stake holders.
- Is a combination of actual progress and what is estimated
- Provides comparison with original commitments.
- Includes the impacts of supplier progress.
- Has task and resource detail sufficient for control.
- Is usually precedence diagram based.
- Accommodates resource availability.
- Retains data for project evaluation.
- Reflects the dependencies on and demands of other projects.
- Is updated with status (progress) on a regular, scheduled
- Is changed to reflect changed project objectives, after stake
A schedule is as useful as project managers are willing and
able to make it.