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Topics included in Scheduling books and resources:

- Scheduling & Controls, Standards & Guides
- Scheduling & Controls Books
- Scheduling & Controls Resources
- Useful External Web-links & Resources.

Other related sections of the PMKI:

- Project management history resources

Scheduling & Controls, Standards & Guides

The GuideGuide to 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.

Scheduling  StandardThe Practice 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:  

GAO GuideGAO 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.

Scheduling  StandardThe NASA Schedule Management Handbook descibes recommended concepts, processes, and techniques used within the Agency and private industry. The intended function of this handbook is two-fold: first, to provide guidance for meeting the scheduling requirements contained in NPR 7120.5, NASA Space Flight Program and Project Management Requirements, NPR 7120.7, NASA Information Technology and Institutional Infrastructure Program and Project Requirements, NPR 7120.8, NASA Research and Technology Program and Project Management Requirements, and NPD 1000.5, Policy for NASA Acquisition. The second function is to describe the schedule management approach and the recommended best practices for carrying out this project control function.

GAO GuideGAO 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).


EVMThe Standard for Earned Value Management - the PMI 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:


DOD-EVMIGDownload 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 Management.

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Mosaic's Scheduling & Controls Books

Easy EVMEasy 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 CPMEasy 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: 295 pages, 120 questions, file size 22 Mb.

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Scheduling & Controls Resources

Planning PlanetPlanning 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:

The GuildGuild 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:

PraxisPraxis®.  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:


PC OnlineA large repository of Project Controls knowledge and information: 


Useful External Web-links & Resources

PC Expo  Project Controls Expo (international series of events)
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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. -

AACEi - Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International. A prolific publisher of recommended practices covering all aspects of project controls:  

Planning Planet. For planning, programming and controls professionals around the world:
 - incorporating The Guild of Project Controls - project controls certifications:

College of Performance Management - CPM is an international, non-profit professional organization dedicated to the disciplines of project management and performance measurement (earned value): 


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Work Performance Management

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Communication Plan

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Work Performance Management

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