UTS Library

Schedule & Milestones

The importance of measurements and markers

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You can't manage what you can't measure.

Bill Hewlett 
Co-founder of Hewlett-Packard


Scheduling Tool

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The scheduling tool we've chosen to use here is a Network Diagram using the Critical Path Method (CPM).

Look at this critical path for a project whose objective is to set up a workshop.

Trace the progress of the project. Notice how four connecting paths ('networks') emerge:

  • designing the workshop materials

  • designing the workshop format

  • organising the venue and

  • organising the participants

Use this network diagram as a model for constructing the network diagram for your own project in your Workbook.

 

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You might also use a Gantt chart to help you .

 

These tools lay out the tasks and the dependencies between tasks, giving you a project road map. They help you to estimate how long the project will take and how much it will cost.

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PM wisdom...

If everything's going to plan, start smelling a rat.

Milestones

A milestone is a key project event. Your stakeholders have determined the project's milestones and developed a checklist of what they expect the project to have achieved at a particular milestone. You can show the milestones on your planning charts with icons - eg. note the uses of these in the Gantt chart.