Schedule Management Knowledge Area

The schedule management knowledge area essentially consists of estimating the duration of project activities, designing a project schedule, and measurement, monitoring, and controlling deviations or variations in the project schedule. It is a significant aspect of project management because as a project manager it will be your responsibility to deliver the project on time.
In PMBOK 7, the planning performance domain, project work performance domain, and measurement performance domain are directly related to this knowledge area. Characteristics of processes related to this knowledge area are determined as a result of tailoring processes carried out by the project team. This way the optimistic way to create value from schedule-related project activities is chosen better.
In order to estimate durations of project activities, following methods are used;
  • Parametric estimating
  • Bottom-up estimating
  • Analogous estimating
  • Three point estimating
Five of the six processes in this knowledge area are in the planning process group, while only the control schedule process is in the monitoring and control process group. This information is valuable while preparing for pmp exam or other project management exams.

The processes involved in this knowledge area are as follows: