you certify your schedulers?
is, above all, a practice where art, science, and craft meet."
Mintzberg, McGill University
Scheduling, Planning, Quality.
you certify your schedulers? [P149]
the last 60 years, planning and scheduling has been a craft either
self-taught or occasionally with knowledge handed from
‘masters’ to ‘apprentices’. In
the last 20
years, many people have confused learning to use a tool, with learning
how to make use the tool to develop effective schedules that have a
affect on project outcomes. As a consequence nearly 50% of projects
The future of project management is predicted to be one that focuses on
the ‘soft skills’ including; communication,
leadership. Uncertainty will be recognised as normal and skills for
managing uncertainty will become essential for successful project
delivery. Consequently, a revised focus on using the schedule to assist
in the effective management of the use of time, by supporting the PM
Team with useful information is emerging. This paradigm
• Collaboration and agreement
• Coordination and timely
• The ability to adapt to
changing circumstances quickly
In this scenario, scheduling should be seen as a modelling process that
helps optimise, coordinate and communicate ideas about what might
happen in the future. This requires practitioners skilled in the arts
of planning and scheduling as well as having the ability to
use the tools needed to
make this a practical proposition.
Until recently, certifications in scheduling were focused exclusively
on senior schedulers and had very little effect on the profession and
scheduling. These factors have now started to
new ideas and paradigms are emerging that will change the way people
advance their careers in planning and scheduling. Initiatives by the
Planning Planet are focused on delivering a career framework for
professional ‘Time Managers’, taking people from
a practitioner skilled in the art of planning and scheduling.
This paper focuses on these initiatives to revitalise our industry
by creating a career path for planners and schedulers as well as
clearly identifying the benefits of certification for organisations
that employ planners
and schedulers. The answer to the question posed in the
title is YES!
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