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Scheduling in a Defence Environment

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than an exact answer to the wrong question, which can always be made precise."

John Tukey

Keywords: Scheduling, Project Planning.

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Scheduling in a Defence Environment [P069]

The primary purpose of any schedule should be to help the project manager and project team optimise the overall strategy for the delivery of the project, coordinate workflows and assist in the decision making processes needed to resolve dilemmas and issues on a day-to-day basis.  These objectives are routinely compromised by a range of ‘other’ considerations that have usurped the scheduling function; this paper will looks at two, identifies some of the symptoms of scheduling failure and then addresses three topics:
Of particular interest is the development of conformance scoring system that allows schedules to be rated for conformance with accepted good practice. This version of the PMI Practice Standard for Scheduling allows assessors to determine whether a schedule uses (ie contains) a component correctly, not the way it is utilised (ie, its usefulness). Mosaic plans to release a tool to facilitate the assessment of schedules in accord with the Standard this year.

Author: Patrick Weaver

Presented at:

D+I07
Defence + Industry 2007 Conference, Adelaide
 
 

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