Join Bonnie Biafore for an in-depth discussion in this video What you need to know before starting, part of Project Management Foundations: Schedules (2013).
Before we dive into project scheduling, there are a few things you should be familiar with already. In this course, I provide some background on projects, project management and the factors that effect project schedules. But if you're new to managing projects, consider taking my course Project Management Fundamentals first, and then come back to this one. The first thing you need to know is what a project is. A Project is a unique undertaking to achieve a specific goal. A project is also temporary. It has a definite beginning and end, and often has a budget. In contrast, performing the same work day after day does not qualify as a project. For example, an HR person processing forms.
The forms are the same and the work continues as long as the company is in business. And there's no specific budget, other than the HR person's salary. It's also helpful to know the terminology that project managers use and what those terms represent. For example, things like scope, stakeholders and the critical path. Several factors contribute to making a project successful. Scope, time, cost, resources, and quality.
It's important to understand what these factors are and how they contribute to a project's success. That's because the choices you make as you build and manage your project schedule depend on the priority of these factors. If you're ready let's learn about managing project schedules. If you feel like you need a refresher on any of these topics, head over to my course, Project Management Fundamentals. Then jump back to this one.
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- Identifying the work that needs to be done
- Adding milestones
- Delaying or overlapping tasks with lag and lead time
- Assigning resources
- Balancing workloads
- Adding buffers and baselines to the schedule
- Uncovering and correcting out schedule problems<br><br>
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