Project Schedule Management

You find the definition and the processes involved in Project Schedule Management (PMBOK®) and a link to free downloadable templates in the download area on this page.

The Project Schedule Management Plan is a component of the Project Management Plan that establishes the activities for developing, monitoring, and controlling the project or program.

Definition of Project Schedule Management

The PMI defines it as:

Project Schedule Management includes the processes required to manage the timely completion of the project. (PMBOK® Guide).

Project Schedule Management Processes

Definition of the processes by PMI:

Plan Schedule Management
Plan schedule management is the process of establishing the policies, procedures, and documentation for planning, developing, managing, executing, and controlling the project schedule.
Define Activities
Define activities is the process of identifying and documenting the specific actions to be performed to produce the project deliverables.
Sequence Activities
Sequence activities is the process of identifying and documenting relationships among the project activities.
Estimate Activity Durations
Estimate activity durations is the process of estimating the number of work periods needed to complete individual activities with the estimated resources.
Develop Schedule
Develop schedule is the process of analyzing activity sequences, durations, resource requirements, and schedule constraints to create the project schedule model for project execution and monitoring & controlling.
Control Schedule
Control schedule is the process of controlling the status of the project to update the project schedule and manage changes to the schedule baseline.

Project Schedule Management - How to

Errors in scheduling are one of the biggest problems in the project life cycle. Everybody knows that instinctively, but ignores the problem and claims that he/she does not make that mistake himself/herself. Among other things, the following sources of error seem to contribute significantly to the problem:

  • Unclear project scope and requirements definitions,
  • Insufficient decomposition of deliverables into manageable work packages, activities and tasks,
  • Disorganized schedule preparation and without focus on how the schedule should be used in the future,
  • Duration estimates without sufficient input from subject experts,
  • No or insufficient risk evaluations,
  • Inflexible organizations and/or project team leaders,
  • Creation of the schedule under too much time pressure and regarded as a necessary evil, instead of giving it the necessary meaning.

Download Area Project Schedule Management Templates


  1. Hi Shiva,

    Thank you very much for your interest.
    Sorry, but I don’t have any usable templates for the requested subjects.
    I will keep on updating, please check back later.


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