Scheduling your Time

One of the most important jobs that you can do for your   project is to schedule the time.  Scheduling involves making a list  of every single resource and task that it takes to complete a project starting from the initial concept until the project is in operation.  It involves establishing a start date and a end date for the project along with establishing dates for deliverables or milestones.

You also need to know all the people who are involved, how many hours they will need to work and an estimate of time off,  if there will be any time off for those involved.  It is often hard to estimate this information at first.  However,  now that you have the project separated into the individual tasks and phases you can determine the time for each and then add them together.

The significance of scheduling to project success cannot be underestimated.  Many good projects have been unsuccessful due to delays because the project manager did not schedule enough time for a part of a project to be completed.  These delays prolong the completion of a project task and in the long run cost money.  Therefore, it is important that you take the time to make a good time schedule for your project.

There are many great software programs that will help you to work through scheduling such as ConceptDraw.  The following diagram is called a Gantt Chart and it was created for a project through Concept Draw

Gantt Charts can show you start and ending dates, as well as, milestones for your project.

This is another example of a gantt chart showing milestones.
You have now assessed the project, created a project scope,  developed a budget, organized your personnel, determined the workflow and scheduled your time.  Now you can move into phase of your project called design.  Hope that this has given you some direction for getting started on managing a project.

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