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The Project Management Tool Kit: 100 Tips and Techniques for Getting the Job Done Right by Tom Kendrick

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Document Relevant Non-Project Dates and Factors

Schedule development is a central component of project plan development. It combines activity duration estimates with activity dependencies to determine calendar dates for the project, based on bottom-up analysis.

Begin the process by creating a project calendar. Identify all significant dates important to the project, including the project start date, any project constraints, interim and final deadlines, and any key dates when your project interacts with other scheduled work. Also include information about the project team, such as:

  • Weekends you plan to work (if any)

  • Holidays and other non-workdays—for all locations doing project work

  • Each team member’s planned vacations and other timing conflicts ...

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