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Schedule Activity

When attempting to budget the totality of time that is both available and necessary when it comes to the timing of the project and all of its components, often times it is important to do a careful analysis pf the concise and discreet scheduled components of work that are available to be performed over the entire course of the respective project. This is referred to, specifically, as a schedule activity. These particular schedule activities typically have an estimated cost, an estimated duration, and also, a determination as to estimated need and or requirements of resources. Schedule activities tend to be connected to other schedule activitie4is within a given project or to scheduling milestones within a given project via the use of logical relationships. Additionally, schedule activit5ies tend to be de composed from preexisting work packages. Schedule activities can be determined in their entirety at the onset of the project or they can be added and or modified at the conclusion of the project.

This term is defined in the 3rd edition of the PMBOK but not in the 4th.

Schedule Network Templates

Schedule network templates are set of activities and relationships that have been established that can be used repeatedly for a particular application area or an aspect of the project where a prescribed sequence is desired.

The organizational knowledge base for storing and retrieving information includes schedule network diagrams along with issue and defect management databases containing issue and defect status, control information, issue and defect resolution, and action item results. In the process of sequence activities, the schedule network diagrams fall under the outputs of the process. A schedule network diagram in project management is a graphical representation of the logical relationships, also referred to as dependencies, among the project schedule activities.

It is produced manually or by using project management software.  It can include full project details, or have one or more summary activities. A summary narrative can accompany the diagram and describe the basic approach used to sequence the activities.  Any unusual activity sequences within the network should be fully described within the narrative. It also contains the logical relationships of predecessors and successors that will be used to calculate the schedule.

This term is defined in the 5th edition of the PMBOK.

Schedule Data

The collection of information for describing and controlling the schedule is called the schedule data.  It includes at least the schedule milestone, schedule activities, activity attributes, and documentation of all identifies assumptions and constraints. In project management, schedule data could also include items such as histograms, cash-flow projections, and order and delivery schedules.

In the project management, the schedule data will be reviewed and updated in the control schedule process. It is updated and compiled into schedule model to reflect actual progress of the project and remaining work to be completed. The scheduling tool and the supporting schedule data are used in conjunction with manual methods or other project management software to perform schedule network analysis to generate an updated project schedule.

The updated project schedule will be generated from the schedule model populated with updated schedule data to reflect the schedule change and manage the project. On the other hand, the resource breakdown structure is a hierarchical representation of resources by the category and type.

Examples of resource categories include labor, material, equipment, and supplies. Resource types may include the skill level, grade level, or other information as appropriate to the project. The resource breakdown structure is useful for organizing and reporting project schedule data with resource utilization information.

This term is defined in the 5th edition of the PMBOK.

Schedule Data

The collection of information for describing and controlling the schedule is called the schedule data.  It includes at least the schedule milestones, schedule activities, activity attributes, and documentation of all identifies assumptions and constraints.

In project management, schedule data could also include items such as histograms, cash-flow projections, and order and delivery schedules.  In the project management, the schedule data will be reviewed and updated in the control schedule process. It is updated and compiled into schedule model to reflect actual progress of the project and remaining work to be completed.

The scheduling tool and the supporting schedule data are used in conjunction with manual methods or other project management software to perform schedule network analysis to generate an updated project schedule. The updated project schedule will be generated from the schedule model populated with updated schedule data to reflect the schedule change and manage the project.

On the other hand, the resource breakdown structure is a hierarchical representation of resources by the category and type. Examples of resource categories include labor, material, equipment, and supplies. Resource types may include the skill level, grade level, or other information as appropriate to the project. The resource breakdown structure is useful for organizing and reporting project schedule data with resource utilization information.

This term is defined in the 5th edition of the PMBOK.

Schedule Baseline

Schedule baseline is the approved version of a schedule model that can be changed only through formal change control procedures and is used as a basis for comparison to actual results. The project management contains the schedule baseline, used as a reference to compare with the actual results to determine if a change, corrective action, or preventive action is necessary.

In the project management, duration estimates may include contingency reserves, sometimes referred to as time reserves or buffers, into the project schedule to account for schedule uncertainty. Contingency reserves are the estimated duration within the schedule baseline. Schedule baseline is one of the elements of project management that may be updated.

The changes to the schedule baseline are incorporated in response to approved change requests related to project scope changes, activity resources, or activity duration estimates. It may be updated to reflect changes caused by schedule compression techniques. Such documents of the schedule baseline are the accepted schedule performance measures, including start to finish dates, which also indicates when the project costs will be incurred. Because of new work (or omitted work) generated by the risk responses, schedule baseline may be updated to reflect those changes.

This term is defined in the 5th edition of the PMBOK.

Estimate Activity Resources

The definition of resources in project management include people, materials, equipment, money, facilities and any fundamental things that are necessary for executing the project. Resources are needed throughout the entire lifecycle of the project. Determining the resource requirements is very important for successful management.

The ability of the project manager to estimate the activity resources is very crucial. Estimate activity resource is the process that estimates the type and amount of resources like equipment, supplies , and human resource  to perform individual tasks for a particular project. One of the benefits of this particular process is that it  identifies the type, quality and characteristics  of the resources that are required to complete a particular activity. Moreover, this will also allow the calculation of costs accurately as well as duration estimates.

It is important for project managers to know that although this particular process is an integral part of developing the time schedule of the project, it is also undertaken in parallel with the estimate costs process which belongs to the cost management process. The premise here is that if you estimate the resources, it also affects the cost process of the project life cycle.

The estimate activity resources create a link between the duration of an activity and the amount of work effort required to complete the work. It is important to take note that the duration of the activity is always equivalent to the work effort. In typical activities, the duration is usually measured in days and the work effort in hours.

For project managers to determine the estimate activity resources,  it is important to look into the activity list,  schedule management plan, resource calendars, risk register, activity cost estimates, organizational process assets and enterprise environmental factors to name a few. Effective estimation of activity resources can lead to the identification of the activity resource requirements and resource breakdown structure. It can also produce updates on the project documents.

This term is defined in the 5th edition of the PMBOK.