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books, standards and guides focused on scheduling and
project controls available in the marketplace, the
organizations we know of, and other web based resources
that are free, or easy to join. We focus on the books and
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Good Practice in the Management of Time in Major
Projects: Dynamic Time Modelling, 2nd Edition.
A practical treatise on the processes and standards
required for the effective time management of major
projects, including real life case studies dealing with
strategic time management and high-density, resource-based
scheduling. It is the definitive handbook for any project
and program management professional seeking to manage time
effectively on major projects. See
Standard for Scheduling provides the
latest thinking regarding good and accepted practices in
the area of scheduling for a project. It is a systematic
guide describing hallmarks of an effective schedule
methodology, as well as providing quantifiable means for
assessing the maturity of a schedule model. PMI's Practice
Standard for Scheduling is available free of
charge to PMI members, see: https://www.pmi.org/pmbok-guide-standards/framework
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Schedule Assessment Guide: Best Practices for
Project Schedules - GAO-16-89G:
Published: 22nd December 2015. This schedule
guide is a companion to the GAO Cost Estimating and Assessment
Guide. The Schedule Assessment Guide and
Cost Guide, together offer a consistent methodology for
developing, managing, and evaluating capital program cost
estimates includes the concept of scheduling the necessary
work to a timeline. Simply put, schedule variances are
usually followed by cost variances. Because some program
costs such as labor, supervision, rented equipment, and
facilities cost more if the program takes longer, a
reliable schedule can contribute to an understanding of
the cost impact if the program does not finish on time. A
schedule risk analysis allows for program management to
account for the cost effects of schedule slippage when
developing the life-cycle cost estimate. A cost estimate
cannot be considered credible if it does not account for
the cost effects of schedule slippage.
GAO Cost Estimating and Assessment Guide: Best Practices for Developing and Managing Capital Program Costs - GAO-20-195G: Published: March, 2020. This updated guide defines a consistent methodology, based on best practices, that can be used for developing a reliable, high-quality cost estimate, evaluating the estimate, and then for the effective management of program cost through the use of earned value management (EVM) in capital program (original version published Mar 2, 2009).
Practice Standard for Earned Value Management - the PMI Practice Standard for Earned Value Management expands on the earned value information in the PMBOK® Guide and is applicable across many Knowledge Areas and Process Groups. This practice standard is intended for anyone who wants to better develop their project management tool set and know how to potentially improve project performance through the use of earned value. The standard expands the available resources on the use of EVM for medium and smaller projects, whilst still being relevant for larger projects, provides insight and detailed explanations of the basic elements and processes of EVM, and demonstrates how to scale EVM to fit varying project sizes and situations. The PMI Practice Standard for Earned Value Management is available free of charge to PMI members as a non-printing PDF, see: https://www.pmi.org/pmbok-guide-standards/framework
the U.S. DoD Earned
Value Implementation Guide. This guide is
based on the implementation of EVM systems based on the 32
Guidelines contained in the Electronic Industries Alliance
Standard-748 EVMS (EIA-748). This approach to EVM
developed in the 1960s and has largely been superseded by
the performance based approach incorporated in ISO 21508
and the PMI Practice Standard for Earned Value
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Easy EVM is a self-paced course, supported by Mosaic Project Services Pty Ltd. The purpose of this ‘course-in-a-book’ is to provide practical guidance to people, and organizations, involved in either implementing an earned value management system, or using information created by an earned value management system. It provides guidance on concepts, responsibilities, integration, and processes, for the implementation and use of earned value management based on ISO 21508: Earned Value Management in Project and Programme Management. Easy EVM, and ISO21508, are compatible with PMI's The Standard for Earned Value Management (ANSI/PMI 19-006-2019), and is a suitable study resource for the EVM component of the PMI-SP and PMP exams.
$35.00 AUD (Plus GST, Australian customers only). Size: 240 pages, 100 questions, file size 14 Mb.
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Easy CPM is a self-paced course-in-a-book, supported by Mosaic Project Services Pty Ltd. The purpose of this ‘course-in-a-book’ is to provide practical guidance to people involved in developing, or using schedules based on the Critical Path Method (CPM). The book is designed to act as a reference and practice guide to enhance the effectiveness of their scheduling practice after they have learned to use the CPM scheduling software of their choice. It is divided into six sections, each section includes guidance on an aspect of CPM scheduling, references, and a set of 20 questions; with the answers in Section 7. Section 8 incorporates the appendix.
Easy CPM is a suitable study resource for the CPM component of the PMI-SP and PMP exams.
$35.00 AUD (Plus GST, Australian customers only). Size:TBA.
Publication due January 2022
Planet. 150,000 members (free
membership), includes access to regular blog posts, a
massive Q&A Forum, a knowledge-base WIKI, a build
times library, and much more: http://www.planningplanet.com/
of Project Controls Compendium and Reference (GPC-CAR).
A suite of process-based documents which document what
1000's of contributors believe constitutes Project
Controls. It is an ever evolving global statement as to
what we, the practitioners, believe constitutes our role
as 'project controllers'. Anyone with an opinion (and
justification) is free to propose amendments and
additional references. See more at: http://www.planningplanet.com/guild/GPCCAR/
Praxis®. A free framework for the management of projects, programmes and portfolios. It includes a body of knowledge, methodology, competency framework and capability maturity model. The framework is supported by a knowledge base of resources and an encyclopaedia.See more at: https://www.praxisframework.org/
The Association Of Controls Management. A UK Association open to all who work in controls (Planning, Document Control, Commercial, Quality, Administration ,etc): http://www.taocm.co.uk
PM-COS - Project Management College of Scheduling. A USA Association dedicated to advancing the practice and profession of project planning and scheduling throughout the World. - http://www.pmcos.org/
AACEi - Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International. A prolific publisher of recommended practices covering all aspects of project controls: https://web.aacei.org/
Planning Planet. For planning, programming and
controls professionals around the world: http://www.planningplanet.com
- incorporating The Guild of Project Controls - project controls certifications: http://www.planningplanet.com/guild
College of Performance Management - CPM is an international, non-profit professional organization dedicated to the disciplines of project management and performance measurement (earned value): http://www.mycpm.org/