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Project Time Management in PMBOK for better Project Scheduling & Control

ADVISORY ARTICLE

By Dr. T D Jainendrakumar

Madhyapradesh, India

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Project time management includes the processes required to accomplish timely completion of the project; it involves 7 processes used in developing time schedule. The schedule can have any format. And the schedule has to be revisited many times at the execution and monitoring & control stages to see that the activities are performed on time as per the plan. In case of any change schedule control process has to be performed to bring back the activities on track or to minimize the delay. To understand this knowledge area readers are requested to read my previous articles also.

Plan Schedule Management

The first process in this knowledge area is Plan Schedule Management which comes in the planning process group. Through this process we are establishing the policies, procedures, and documentation for planning, developing, managing, executing, and controlling the project schedule. The key benefit is to provide guidance and direction on how the project schedule will be managed.

Plan Schedule Management: Inputs

  1. Project Management Plan
    • Scope baselines (approved scope statement, WBS & WBS dictionary)
    • Other Information
  2. Project Charter
  3. Enterprise Environmental Factors
  4. Organization Process Assets

Plan Schedule Management: T & T

  1. Expert Judgment
  2. Analytical Techniques
  3. Meetings

Plan Schedule Management: Output

  1. Schedule Management Plan, includes but not limited to:
    • Project Schedule Model Development
    • Level of accuracy (For example bottom up estimation will be more accurate than three point estimation)
    • Rules of Performance Management
    • Reporting Formats
    • Process Description

Define Activities

The second process in this knowledge area is to Define Activities which comes in planning process group. This is done to identify the specific actions to be performed to produce the project deliverables as activities provide a basis for estimating, scheduling, executing and monitoring and controlling the project work.

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About the Author

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Dr. T D Jainendrakumar
, PhD, MCA, PMP is an international PMP trainer, EX-Scientist/Principal Scientist/Joint Director, N.I.C, Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, Government of India, Madhyapradesh. He has over 25 years’ of extensive experience in the areas of IT Project management in e-governance at Ernakulam District Collectorate, District Courts of Kerala, Central Administrative Tribunal Ernakulam, Rajeev Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission (400 crore project), New Delhi and Principal Systems Analyst in National Informatics Centre, Madhya Pradesh State Centre especially in the following areas of specialization: IT practice management (Project Management Methodologies, Tools and techniques, Standards & Knowledge);IT Infrastructure Management (Project Governance, Assessment, Organisational Instructions & Facilities and Equipments); IT-Resource Integration Management (Resource Management, Training & Education, Career Development & Team Development);IT-Technical Support (Project Mentoring, Project Planning, Project Auditing and Project Recovery); and Business Alignment Management (Project Portfolio management, Customer Relationship Management, Vendor Management & Business performance management).

Teaching Project Management & ICT Subjects for professionals and post graduates. Master of Computer Applications (MCA), a 3 year post graduate course dealing with software Engineering and Project Management from a premier institute Anna University Campus. He is a PMP of PMI USA since 2008. Resource person of PMI, you can see his name in the PMBOK 4th edition and 5th edition published by PMI, USA under the list of contributors for project management. Scored 4.11 out of 5 in the project management (2005) examination conducted by brainbench.com, secured a Masters Certificate in Project Management, and is one among the top scorers (First in India and 3rd position in the world in the experienced category).

Published many international journal papers in PM World Today having cumulative index factors more than 2 in the areas of specialization of Project Management & Information Technology.

Holding a Hon’ Doctorate from Cosmopolitan University, USA in Project Management & Information Technology. Presently working as an independent project management consultant and an International Project management (PMP) trainer. Provided PMP training to the senior officials of big MNCs like M/S. Earnest & Young and He is a visiting professor and sharing his knowledge and experience and to handle classes in Management Information Systems, Quality Management, Project Management and Software Engineering to some of the big universities. He can be contacted at [email protected].

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