A well-constructed schedule provides a realistic model of when activities should occur. The schedule logic you create by defining the sequence of activities is a crucial component in a well-built schedule. Learn best practices for putting activities in sequence.
- A well constructed schedule provides a realistic model…of when activities should occur.…A good schedule is also flexible so it can adapt easily…to changes that arise during project execution.…The schedule logic you create by defining the sequence of…activities is a crucial component in a well built schedule.…Let's review best practices for sequencing activities.…
First, use finish-to-start dependencies…between most activities.…Second, avoid start-to-start lengths…unless they are truly needed.…In most cases, finish-to-finish lengths work well without…the side effects that can arise with start-to-start.…Start-to-finish lengths are rare and confusing.…Avoid them unless they are really necessary.…
Third, apply lag to dependencies only…to reflect passage of time.…Do not use lag if a delay is due…to work that must be performed.…Fourth, avoid negative lag, or lead, because it implies…that you know when the predecessor activity will finish.…Instead, try using shorter tasks…with finish-to-start lengths.…Fifth, every activity except for the first and last…
Note: This course aligns with best practices from A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) - Sixth Edition, published by the Project Management Institute®.
- Developing a schedule management plan
- Identifying project activities
- Adding milestones
- Organizing work
- Estimating duration and work
- Handling lag in dependencies
- Defining resources
- Assigning resources to activities
- Working with part-time and remote workers
- Fine-tuning assignments
- Optimizing schedules
- Managing and changing schedules
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Understanding a Project Schedule
2. Identifying and Organizing Activities
3. Sequencing Activities
4. Assigning Resources to Tasks
5. Fine-Tuning Assignments
6. Optimizing Schedules
Baseline the schedule2m 12s
7. Managing Schedules
Next steps2m 33s
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