Unit 6: Project Scheduling

Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law.

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Now we are ready to get down to the serious business of project scheduling.

In this Unit we will bring together our WBS and estimates of time to build a schedule, calculate a critical path, and express this information in that most recognisable output of the planning process: the Gantt chart.

We will then introduce you to some more advanced scheduling techniques, including:

  • Resource levelling
  • Fast-tracking, and
  • Crashing

…and give you practical examples of their application.

As you will see, the mathematics that underpin project scheduling are quite simple and elegant; the skill of the project manager is in being able to anticipate the consequences of each intervention.