About Schedule

What is the Schedule?

A Schedule is a term used to describe the overall plan for the Project, it details:

  • Individual tasks that are required to be performed in order to complete the project.
  • Key project milestones.
  • Estimated time to complete each task.
  • Start and completion dates for each task.
  • Dependencies between the tasks.
  • The owner of each task.

Project on Demand implements a Schedule Management Tool that can be used to detail and manage a Project's Tasks to ensure the Project Schedule is met.

The Schedule Management Tool can be accessed by clicking the Schedule button on the main menu or by clicking Open Tool through an associated Goal on the Phase Progression.

Note: Accessing the Schedule Management Tool through an associated Goal on the Phase Progression will automatically set that Goal's Status to In Progress if it is currently in a Status of Not Started.

Schedule Format

The core component of the Schedule Management Tool is the Schedule control.

The control is divided into two parts:

  • Left side: Work Breakdown Structure - Lists the Project’s Tasks and associated information within a hierarchical structure highlighting parent child relationships.
  • Right side: Gantt chart - Type of bar chart that illustrates the Start and End Dates of both parent and child Tasks together with any Dependencies between them.

How should it be used?

The Schedule management process within Project on Demand is as follows:

Project Management Process Step Action within Project on Demand
1 Define the tasks that are required to complete the Project. Create new Tasks on the Schedule.
2 Provide an estimate to complete each task. Add estimates to the Tasks on the Schedule.
3 Identify any dependencies between tasks. Link Tasks within Schedule.
4 Allocate an owner for each task. Set the Owner property of Tasks.
5 Periodically review and update Tasks. Update Schedule as required.

Task Properties

Name Description Possible Values
WBS Work Breakdown Structure reference. WBS - Generated by the application.
Task Name Full description of the Task. Text.
Duration The elapsed time to complete the Task. Number followed by shorthand denoting unit of time . Recalculated by application when Start Date or End Date is changed.
Work Duration The actual time to complete the Task. Number followed by shorthand denoting unit of time . Recalculated by application when Start Date or End Date is changed.
Start The date which the Task will start. Date.
End The date which the Task will end. Date.
Progress The current percentage of the Task that has been completed. Number. (0.0 - 100.0)
Predecessors The WBS reference of all predecessor Tasks. Selection of Task references.
Owner The person who has been assigned ownership of the Task. User with Project access or text.

Concurrency Control

The Schedule Management Tool implements pessimistic concurrency control.