Scheduling

With the SOW, WBS, and estimates complete, the project manager can draft an integrated, or network, schedule for the project. The integrated schedule is based upon the logical relationship among lower level tasks in the WBS and the time estimates; the result is a calculated set of dates for each task. These dates are: early start date, early finish date, late start date, and late finish date. Early start date is the earliest time that a task can start and early finish is the earliest time to finish; late start is the latest that a task can finish and late start is the latest time to finish. These dates become significant because they determine not only the flexibility in starting and completing tasks but also the critical path. It is the path in the network diagram that is the longest and has the tasks that cannot slide. Sliding these tasks will jeopardize the project completion date. "Float" is the degree that a task can slide past its completion date; tasks on this path have the least float. Exhibit 2 is part of a network diagram for an ISO 9000 project.

Exhibit 2. Network Diagram

Exhibit 2. Network Diagram

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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