Manage the schedule

The purpose of this competency is to achieve the goals of schedule management, i.e. to:

  • determine timescales for the work;
  • calculate profiles of resource demand;
  • present schedule reports suitable for different stakeholders.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. plan and initiate schedule management
  2. identify the work that must be performed to achieve objectives
  3. model the way work will be performed
  4. determine and apply suitable estimating methods for time and resource
  5. schedule the work
  6. agree schedules with stakeholders
  7. determine and apply suitable reporting methods
  8. assure the quality of schedule management

Scheduling approaches are closely linked to all aspects of the context of the work. There are various ways in which this competency can be tailored.

For example, performance criteria may be added or extended to cover:

  • consolidation and maintenance of multiple schedules for programmes or complex projects;
  • audit and approval of contactor schedules.

There is a wide range of methods and techniques that can be used in schedule management.

Additional knowledge requirements may be added to cover specific techniques, particularly where more sophisticated scheduling (e.g. Monte Carlo analysis) or industry specific approaches (e.g. line of balance) are required.

Knowledge and understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. the principles and goals of schedule management
  2. responsibilities for schedule management
  3. the context of the work and its impact on managing the schedule
  4. a procedure for schedule management
  5. the purpose and content of schedule documentation
  6. techniques for identifying work components
  7. methods for modelling the performance of work
  8. time and resource estimating techniques
  9. analysis techniques and reporting formats
  10. the importance of maintaining and updating the schedule
  11. how assurance applies to schedule management



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