This paper is an update of a paper
prepared for the June 2002 IPMA Conference in Berlin. It contains content from
various training materials developed for the World Bank. The current paper is
copyright to Robert Youker, © 2007.
Module 7: Planning and Scheduling with the Critical Path Method
This Module's activities are divided into three subsections: Planning, Scheduling, and Using computers
- Review the WBS, responsibility matrix, and master summary schedule.
- Select the appropriate planning tool: activity list, bar chart, or network diagrams (precedence, arrow, and PERT).
- Generate a list of activities for each summary activity and assign responsibility.
- Estimate the duration of each activity.
- Establish the sequence of activities.
- Prepare a precedence network diagram.
- Determine the critical path.
- Calculate float (slack).
- Calculate resource requirements.
- Schedule float activities.
- Compare the results to the original schedule and resource constraints.
- Evaluate risks based on expert advice and experience and modify the schedule accordingly.
- Identify discrepancies and opportunities and escalate to management.
- Determine if the project can meet the target completion date specified in the project analysis report and, if not, decide on the best strategies to reduce duration.
- Revise master summary schedule.
- Apply selection criteria to choose the right tool.
- Set up the computer tool (modify defaults).
- Read and interpret sample output reports.
- Match different types of reports with different users and purposes.