Project Schedule Management

How to Create a Project Schedule Baseline (6 Illustrated Steps)

After you have defined the scope of a project and created the scope baseline, you will likely start developing the project schedule. The approved schedule will become the schedule baseline of the project which the basis for the cost baseline and performance measurement. In this article, we will guide you step-by-step through the process of …

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Project Schedule Baseline: Definition | Purpose | Example

Project managers typically use Gantt-charts, milestones and start/finish dates to measure and report the progress of a project. These are common examples of tools and techniques that help visualize the project schedule and allow for transparent schedule communication and controlling. The schedule baseline is the stakeholder-approved foundation of the schedule of a project. It is …

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Performance Measurement Baseline: Definition | Example | 6-Step Guide

One of the key tasks in project management is the tracking of the progress and performance of a project. As a prerequisite, the criteria for measuring performance need to be clearly defined and agreed by the project’s stakeholders. This is done by establishing a performance measurement baseline (PMB) thay serves as the yardstick for the …

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Agile Release Planning in Hybrid and Agile Projects

When you are working in an agile project or aim to use agile methods, agile release planning can be a critical technique for IT- and product-centric projects. Agile release planning is listed as a scheduling technique in the PMBOK (PMI’s Project Management Body of Knowledge). It is therefore also relevant for the Project Management Professional …

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Project Schedule Network Diagram: Definition | Uses | Example

When you need to schedule the activities of a project you might want to consider using a project schedule network diagram. This is a proven technique for determining and documenting the sequence of activities taking interdependencies among them into account. It is also suggested by the Project Management Institute’s framework (PMBOK® Guide, 6th ed., ch. 6.3.3.1). …

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PDM – Precedence Diagramming Method [FS, FF, SS, SF] (+ Example)

When you determine the sequence of activities in a project you need to pay attention to dependencies between these activities. Some activities might require predecessor or successor activities to be completed or started before they can be started or completed themselves. According to the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®, 6th ed., ch. …

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Estimating Activity Durations: Definition, Methods, Practical Uses

Before you begin developing the schedule of a project, you need to know the expected durations of all activities of a project. Project management frameworks such as the PMI’s PMBOK contain different tools and techniques for estimating durations. The expected amount of time for the completion of an activity is the basis for developing the …

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Bottom-Up Estimating – Definition, Example, Pros & Cons

Bottom-up estimating is a technique that involves estimations on a granular level for parts of a project. These are then aggregated to a total estimate for the entire project. It is often referred to as one of the most accurate ways of estimating. Estimating cost, duration or resource requirements of a project typically starts with …

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How to Do Analogous Estimating – an Illustrated 5-Step Guide

Analogous estimating is a common technique in project management to determine cost, schedule or resource estimates. It is often used in situations where a rough estimate meets the needs of the stakeholders or at a time when not many details are known about a project. Applying the technique involves the selection of similar projects, the …

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