Subjects covered in this section take an in-depth look
at the function of project controls and scheduling, in
part to support out PMI-SP courses, and that go beyond the
core project management processes covered in Section
2 - PMBOK Knowledge Areas.
While 'planning' is a tools and techniques focused
discipline, it is important to remember the core
techniques in planning are:
1. Thinking about the objective to be achieved
2. Gathering ideas from people
3. Organizing the ideas in a sensible way
4. Validating the proposed solution
5. Communicating the solution and getting buy-in
6. Monitoring progress to see what is going to plan and
re-planning or reorganizing is
The various tools and techniques used in planning sit in
point 3 above and assist in point 6. Many of the tools are
discussed in this section of the PMKI.
Click through to our PMBOK
Project Schedule Management page.
- Integrated Project
Project controls is an integrated process that include
the data gathering, management and analytical processes
used to predict, understand and constructively influence
the time and cost outcomes of a project or program
through the communication of useful information. This
subject focuses on the overall integrated process of
‘controlling’ a project or program.
- Scheduling Good Practice
This subject focuses on core scheduling practice and
looks at what makes a good CPM schedule, what makes a
good planner, and what should they do; the ‘good
practices’ needed to create and manage an effective
- Schedule Risk Assessment
Every estimate about a future outcome is uncertain! This
subject looks at the effect of uncertainty on schedule
predictions and the tools and techniques available to
manage the consequences of uncertainty and improve the
accuracy of projected completion dates.
- Schedule Quality
This subject focuses on the emerging science of
measuring schedule quality and conformance to ‘good
practice’ and the automated tools that are now available
to assist in this process. There is a strong correlation
between a well-constructed schedule and a desirable
project outcome, applying these concepts will enhance
the probability of on-time completion.
- Scheduling Methodologies
and Approaches [PMKI-SCH-025.php]
This subject looks at the wide range of scheduling
methodologies and approaches to improving CPM scheduling
currently available. Traditional ‘critical path’
scheduling is only one of the ways to develop a useful
and effective schedule, and in many situations it is far
- PM Software and Tools
This subject takes a look at the range of project,
program and portfolio software and tools available to
use (many free). Where we can, links to the developers'
web sites are provided.
- Project Controls Books
& Resources [PMKI-SCH-035.php]
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 books we
have reviewed, used or written.
- Earned Value &
Earned Schedule [PMKI-SCH-040.php]
Earned Value Management (EVM) has proven itself to be
one of the most effective performance measurement and
feedback tools for managing projects. This subject looks
at EV from a business management perspective.
- Advanced Risk Management
An in-depth look at risk management topics that extend
well beyond the basic requirements for the PMP