Project Time Management

Information Technology Project Management. Providing Measurable Organizational Value, Third Edition
Chapter 6: The Work Breakdown Structure and Project Estimation

ISBN: 9780470371930 Author: Jack T. Marchewka
copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Below is an excerpt from the chapter concerning Project Time Management

The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) area called project time management focuses on the processes necessary to develop the project schedule and to ensure that the project is completed on time. As defined in the PMBOK Guide®, project time management includes:

* Activity definition—Identifying what activities must be completed to produce the project scope deliverables
* Activity sequencing—Determining whether activities can be completed sequentially or in parallel and any dependencies that may exist among them
* Activity resource estimation—Identifying the type of resources (people, technology, facilities, etc.) and the quantity of resources needed to carry out project activities
* Activity duration estimation—Estimating the time to complete each activity
* Schedule development—Based on the availability of resources, the activities, their sequence, and time estimates, a schedule for the entire budget can be developed
* Schedule control—Ensuring that proper processes and procedures are in place in order to control changes to the project schedule

In this chapter, we will concentrate on two of these processes: activity definition and activity estimation. These are key processes that deserve special attention because they are required inputs for developing the project network model that will determine the project’s schedule and budget. In the next chapter, you will see how we put this all together to develop the detailed project plan.

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