Mosaic Planning and Controls

Scheduling Fundamentals (core reference papers)

The questions 'what makes a good schedule?' 'what makes a good planner?' and 'what should they do?' are addressed in these papers:


Core Papers

  • A Guide to Scheduling Good Practice describes the work undertaken by a scheduler to create an effective 'dynamic schedule' and is consistent with the PMBOK Guide and the PMI Practice Standard for Scheduling. Open the paper
  • Attributes of a Scheduler considers the personal skills and competencies needed by a person to be an effective scheduler and describes the various 'roles' a scheduler will have during the lifecycle of a typical project including the difference between planning and scheduling and the scheduling value proposition. Open the paper
  • Dynamic Scheduling describes the benefits derived from developing a 'good schedule' as defined in A Guide to Scheduling Good Practice. Open the paper.
  • Links, Lags & Ladders focuses on the issues, problems and challenges of overlapping tasks in a schedule using various link types (F-S, S-S, F-F-, S-F) with or without lead and lag durations, the more sophisticated 'ladder' concept, and the importance of actively managing the 'space' between tasks. Open the paper.
  • Schedule Float discusses the various calculations and definitions for float in both ADM and PDM networks. Open the paper.   
  • Schedule Levels provides a guide the 5 levels of schedule typically used on major projects from the 'Master Schedule' to the 'Detailed Short Term Schedule', adapted from Bechtel & Fluor standards. Open the paper.  
  • Schedule Calculations  a guide the Time Analysis and Float calculations used in PDM schedules. Open the paper.