Projects are, by definition, temporary in nature. This means every project has a definitive start and a specific targeted end date. Said another way, every project has a schedule. Often the date of a project’s beginning may be somewhat fuzzy as an idea evolves into a true project and gains actual funded momentum. The end date, however, must be clearly defined so that all the project participants agree on what it means to be complete. A project’s success is often determined by how well the PM does in defining & managing the schedule, hitting specific milestones along the way, and most importantly of all, meeting the specified delivery date of the product at the conclusion of the project.
In a more formal sense, Schedule Management is the process of:
- Defining up front how long it will take to perform the Work required to create and deliver your product.
- Actively measuring and controlling Work so that the product is created and delivered on time.
The following are links to specific posts and pages on this all-important topic of Scope Management: