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Core Papers: These are substantial papers focusing on core aspects of our profession.

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  The questions 'what makes a good schedule?' 'what makes a good planner?' and 'what should they do?' are addressed in these papers:

  • A Guide to Scheduling Good Practice describes the work undertaken by a scheduler to create an effective 'dynamic schedule' and is consistent with the PMBOK Guide and the PMI Practice Standard for Scheduling. [Open the paper]
  • Attributes of a Scheduler considers the personal skills and competencies needed by a person to be an effective scheduler and describes the various 'roles' a scheduler will have during the life cycle of a typical project including the difference between planning and scheduling and the scheduling value proposition. [Open the paper]
  • Dynamic Scheduling describes the benefits derived from developing a 'good schedule' as defined in a 'A Guide to Scheduling Good Practice'. [Open the paper]
  • Links, Lags & Ladders focuses on the issues, problems and challenges of overlapping tasks in a schedule using various link types (F-S, S-S, F-F-, S-F) with or without lead and lag durations, the more sophisticated 'ladder' concept, and the importance of actively managing the 'space' between tasks. [Open the paper
  • Schedule Float discusses the various calculations and definitions for float in both ADM and PDM networks. [Open the paper]  
  • Schedule Levels provides a guide the 5 levels of schedule typically used on major projects from the 'Master Schedule' to the 'Detailed Short Term Schedule', adapted from Bechtel & Fluor standards. [Open the paper]
  • Schedule Calculations  a guide the Time Analysis and Float calculations used in PDM schedules. [Open the paper]
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