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Project Time ManagementTheocharis Papadopoulos
Learning OutcomesAfter completing this chapter, you should be able to:1.Understand and apply key scheduling terminology.2.Apply the logic used to create activity networks, including predecessorand successor tasks.3.Develop an activity network using Activity-on-Node (AON) techniques.4.Perform activity duration estimation based on the use of probabilisticestimating techniques.5.Construct the critical path for a project schedule network using forwardand backward passes.6.Identify activity float and the manner in which it is determined.7.Understand the steps that can be employed to reduce the critical path.8.Understand the trade-offs required in the decision to crash projectactivities.9.Understand the logic and uses of Gantt ChartsTheocharis Papadopoulos
The importance of project timemanagementManagers often cite delivering projects on time as oneof their biggest challengesTime has the least amount of flexibility; it passes nomatter what happens on a projectSchedule issues are the main reason for conflicts onprojects, especially during the second half of projectsTheocharis Papadopoulos
Project scheduling and planningProject schedulingrequires us to follow somecarefully laid-out steps, in order, for the schedule totake shape.PMBoK describes it as,“an output of aschedule model that presents linked activities withplanned dates, durations, milestones, andresources.”Project planning, as it relates to the schedulingprocess, has been defined by the PMBoK as:“The identification of the project objectives and theordered activity necessary to complete the projectincluding the identification of resource types andquantities required to carry out each activity ortask.”
MilestonesAmilestoneis a significant event that normally has nodurationNot every deliverable or output created for a project isa milestoneIt often takes several activities and a lot of work tocomplete a milestoneThey’re useful tools for setting schedule goals andmonitoring progressExamples include obtaining customer sign-off on keydocuments or completion of specific products such assoftware modules or the installation of new hardwareTheocharis Papadopoulos
Activity SequencingAfter defining project activities, the next step is activitysequencingInvolves reviewing the activity list and attributes, projectscope statement, milestone list and approved changerequests to determine the relationships between activitiesAdependency or relationshipis the sequencing of projectactivities or tasksYou must determine dependencies in order to use critical pathanalysisTheocharis Papadopoulos

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