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  Importance of Project Schedules ã Managers often cite delivering projects on time as one of their biggest challenges ã Time has the least amount of flexibility; it passes no matter what ã Schedule issues are the main reason for conflicts on projects, especially during the second half of projects 1  Project Time Management Processes ã Project time management involves the processes required to ensure timely completion of a project. Processes include:  –  Activity definition  –  Activity sequencing  –  Activity duration estimating  – Schedule development  – Schedule control 2   Activity Definition ã Project schedules grow out of the basic document that initiate a project  – Project charter includes start and end dates and budget information  – Scope statement and WBS help define what will be done   Activity definition involves developing a more detailed WBS and supporting explanations to understand all the work to be done so you can develop realistic duration estimates 3   Activity Sequencing ã Involves reviewing activities and determining dependencies  – Mandatory dependencies: inherent in the nature of the work; hard logic  – Discretionary dependencies: defined by the project team; soft logic  – External dependencies: involve relationships between project and non-project activities ã You must   determine dependencies in order to use critical path analysis 4
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