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Project Planning and Scheduling

Book Description

This is the only book that makes all planning methods and tools available to project managers at all levels easy to understand ... and use. Instead of applying techniques piecemeal, you'll take a cohesive, step-by-step approach to improve strategic and operational planning and scheduling throughout the organization. You'll master advanced scheduling techniques and tools such as strategic planning models and critical chain and enterprise project management. Includes time-and-error-saving checklists.

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword
  2. Preface
  3. CHAPTER 1   Introduction to Project Planning and Scheduling
    1. Definitions
    2. The Purpose of Planning
    3. Planning and Scheduling in the Project Management Process
    4. Planning, Scheduling, and the PMBOK® Guide
  4. CHAPTER 2   Concepts and Tools of Planning and Scheduling
    1. Strategic Planning
      1. Applied Strategic Planning Model
      2. Enterprise Resource Planning
    2. Management Control Planning
      1. Enterprise-wide Project Management
      2. Program Management
      3. Project Management
    3. Operational Control Planning
      1. Material Resource Planning
      2. Line of Balance
  5. CHAPTER 3   Steps in Project Planning and Scheduling
    1. Step 1: Establishing the Planning Framework—The WBS
      1. WBS Development Steps
      2. Work Package Definition
      3. Step 2: Defining the Activities or Tasks—The Basic Building Blocks
    2. Activity Definition
      1. Activity Characteristics
    3. Step 3: Developing the Network Diagram
      1. Networking Procedures
      2. Use of PM Software for Network Development
    4. Step 4: Estimating Activity Durations
      1. Elapsed Time versus Work Time
      2. Effort-Driven Versus Fixed-Duration Activities
      3. Activity Duration Estimation—PERT
      4. Activity Duration in Critical Chain Project Management
    5. Step 5: Estimating the Resource Requirements
      1. Resource Tables
      2. Resource Histograms
    6. Step 6: Developing the Schedule
      1. PDM and CPM/PERT Calculations
      2. Calculating Critical Path and Float
      3. Setting Standard Milestones
      4. Establishing Check Points and Performance Measures
      5. Rolling Wave
    7. Step 7: Establishing the Baseline Schedule and Budget
    8. Preparing the Project Plan
  6. CHAPTER 4   Advanced Planning and Scheduling Considerations
    1. Heuristics And Optimization
      1. Resource-leveling Heuristics
      2. Crashing
    2. PERT Probability and Monte Carlo
    3. Critical Chain Project Management
      1. Step 4CC: Identify the Constraint—Critical Chain
      2. Step 5CC: Exploit the Constraint
      3. Step 6CC: Subordinate Non-critical Chain Path
    4. Project Management Maturity Models
  7. CHAPTER 5   Summary and Checklist
    1. Planning and Scheduling Process Review
    2. Planning and Scheduling Checklist
  8. Bibliography
  9. Index