The 6th process in the Time Management Knowledge Area is to Develop Schedule. Project management professional training explains that activities were identified, activity relationships were defined, activities were arranged in a sequence, resources were estimated, and durations were estimated. The outputs from the previous processes are organized during the develop schedule process to create the final schedule for the project. This article will provide you with detailed information about the develop schedule process and its objectives.
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We will then look at a real-life example that will help you understand the process of developing a schedule. To be successful in the PMP exam, make sure to include the develop schedule process in your PMP exam preparation. Let’s now get to the core purpose of the develop-schedule process.
What is the purpose of the Develop Schedule Process Process?
To create a project schedule model, Develop Schedule involves analyzing activity sequences, their durations, and resource requirements. You will have a finalized schedule that includes the start and finish dates for each activity, the relationship between activities, the resource of the activities, and the total duration of your project.
What are the Outputs of this?
The Develop Schedule process creates a schedule model that includes dates for completion of project activities. Once activities have been arranged, resource and activity relationships have been defined, the project schedule will contain all dates for project activities.
The estimates in the project schedule are time-based. For example, similar activities and their estimates will be used for software projects.
The installation of the database takes 5 days
Front-end development for the login screen takes 2 days
The back-end development of login screen takes 3 days, etc.
It is common for all schedule plans to use the same estimation units. For example, all activities can be estimated in days, hours, weeks, or months.
Project Schedule is calendar-based. Once all activities have been organized, the start and end dates will be determined. Jane will perform activity A, which will be 13 February. It will end on the 15th February. The schedule will show the start and end dates for each activity.
7 inputs you need to develop a schedule process
Let’s take a look at the 7 inputs required for the Develop Schedule Process.
Project scope statement: The project scope statement is the most important document you will need to develop your schedule. Because the main goal of your project is to complete the project scope within the agreed time and budget, with the agreed quality. The project scope statement is an important part of the development schedule process.
Activity list: This activity list lists the activities that must be completed to complete work packages or the entire project scope. The project schedule is the list of all the activities that have been organized and ordered. Activity list is an important input to the development of a schedule.
Network diagram: A network diagram shows the flow of activities from the beginning of a project to the end. It is crucial to have a network diagram on hand when defining the interrelationship between activities in the develop schedule process.
Activity duration estimates: These provide time estimates for each activity. Once the interrelationship between activities has been added to the project schedule, the time estimates for each activity are determined. The start and end dates for each activity are also given.