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1 of 42 Introduction to Project Management Session 3 James Bowen, Ph.D, PMP
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2 of 41 AGENDA Network Diagrams Sequencing and scheduling 
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3 of 41 Scheduling A schedule is the conversion of a project action plan  into an operating timetable It serves as the basis for monitoring and controlling  project activity Taken together with the plan and budget, it is probably  the major tool for the management of projects The basic approach of all scheduling techniques is to  form a network of activity and event relationships This network should graphically portray the sequential  relations between the tasks in a project Tasks that must precede or follow other tasks are then  clearly identified, in time as well as function
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4 of 41 Scheduling In a project environment, the scheduling function is  more important than it would be in an ongoing  operation  Projects lack the continuity of day-to-day operations  and often present much more complex problems of  coordination
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5 of 41 Scheduling The basic approach of all scheduling  techniques is to form a network of  activity and event relationships This network should graphically portray  the sequential relations between the  tasks in a project Tasks that must precede or follow other  tasks are then clearly identified, in time  as well as function
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6 of 41 Scheduling Such networks are a powerful tool for  planning and controlling a project and  have the following benefits: It is a consistent framework for planning,  scheduling, monitoring, and controlling the  project It illustrates the interdependence of all tasks,  work packages, and work elements It denotes the times when specific individuals  must be available for work on a given task
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7 of 41 Developing the Project Plan The Project Network A flow chart that graphically depicts the sequence,  interdependencies, and start and finish times of  the project job plan of activities that is the  critical  path  through the network. Provides the basis for scheduling labor and equipment. Enhances communication among project participants. Provides an estimate of the project’s duration. Provides a basis for budgeting cash flow. Identifies activities that are critical.
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