In this chapter, we focus on managing the ongoing project. Chapter 6, “Production Planning,” considered production planning with primary focus on preplanning prior to starting field operations. Chapter 7, “Managing Time,” provided a general discussion of managing time for the project as a whole. Chapter 8, “Resource Management,” addressed the management of resources, primarily workers, materials, and equipment. Chapter 9, “Project Scheduling Applications,” broadened the focus to strategic scheduling topics, including consideration of claims and the legal ramifications of the schedule.
This chapter begins by looking at detailed schedules used by the field supervisor to plan crew work on specific activities in the near term. It then moves on to measurement and reporting of progress. Progress reporting provides the opportunity to analyze the current status of the project. Often, this will lead to rescheduling and corrective action to bring the project back within specified time parameters. This cycle of planning and executing activities, measuring and reporting progress, revising the plan based on current status, and updating the schedule is continued repetitively throughout the project.
Learning objectives for this chapter include: