Develop Schedule Process in PMP Exam

The subject that we will focus on today is the process of creating a project schedule. A schedule is a basic document that forms the schedule baseline, allows us to track our activities throughout the project in terms of time, will be a guide in the execution processes, and will be used as a basis for monitoring and controlling the project. In addition, it is possible to ensure increased engagement of senior management and stakeholders in the project by creating a good schedule.

In fact, we started our preliminary work on the output that we will create in the process of developing the schedule in the project life cycle in the process of creating the schedule management plan, defining and sequencing activities, and developing the basis for the schedule.

After defining the activities of the project and after performing the necessary sequencing and estimating the source of activity and duration of activity that we will need to complete the activities, the time frame for which all project activities will be performed can be shown on the schedule along with the time they cover. This chart can be a Gantt chart commonly used in project management, as well as specific charts and project management tools for projects. In this way, as a project manager, we can portray a clearer project process in the eyes of ourselves, team members, senior management and stakeholders.

Thanks to the schedule, it is clear which activity will start and when it will end. In this way, the project team and project stakeholders know better what process they should be ready for and how to react in what process.

Project Schedule is developed during planning process group and as a part of schedule management knowledge area.

Outputs Created in Develop Schedule Process

  • Schedule baseline
  • Project schedule
  • Schedule data
  • Project calendars
  • Change requests

Outputs Updated in Develop Schedule Process

  • Schedule management plan
  • Cost baseline
  • Activity attributes
  • Activity duration estimates
  • Lessons learned register
  • Resource requirements
  • Risk register
  • Assumption log

Inputs of Developing Schedule

  • Activity list
  • Activity attributes
  • Activity duration estimates
  • Scope baseline
  • Schedule management plan
  • Assumption log
  • Basis of estimates
  • Lessons learned register
  • Milestone list
  • Project schedule network diagrams
  • Project team assignments
  • Resource requirements
  • Resource calendars
  • Risk register
  • Agreements
  • Enterprise environmental factors
  • Organizational process assets

Tools & Techniques Used while Creating the Schedule

  • Schedule network analysis
  • Critical path method
  • Resource optimization
  • What-if scenario analysis
  • Simulation
  • Leads and lags
  • Schedule compression
  • Project management information system (PMIS)
  • Agile release planning

1- JrPM: Thanks for the valuable information you have given about the schedule. I think it is very useful for the PM Exams. However, it would be more beneficial for us if you provide an example of the schedule also. Additionally, if you create a post by describing how to create it step by step, it would be even more helpful.