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The PMKI Library This page offers a brief overview of a few of the 1000s of 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 other resources we have reviewed, used or
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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. See more.

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: https://www.pmi.org/pmbok-guide-standards/framework 
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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.
 

GAO GuideDownload the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) Cost Estimating and Assessment Guide: Best Practices for Developing and Managing Capital Program Costs - GAO-09-3SP: Published: Mar 2, 2009. This guide defines a consistent methodology, based on best practices and that can be used for developing, managing, and evaluating capital program cost estimates.

 

EVMPractice 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

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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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Scheduling & Controls Books

Murray Woolf's 'Faster Construction Projects with CPM Scheduling' - Written by a 30 year scheduling veteran, this book is packed with hundreds of 'tricks of the trade', and 'CPM Mechanics ' - a comprehensive, coherent, and practical guide to the raw, underlying mechanics of the Critical Path Method (CPM): http://www.cpmmechanics.com/

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Scheduling & Controls Resources

The GuildGuild of Project Controls Compendium and Reference (GPCCAR). 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/

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: https://www.praxisframework.org/

        

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Useful External Web-links & Resources

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/ 


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