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10.4. Creating Schedules

The schedule is the one part of your plan that project managers will always examine closely. This section looks at the dimensions of scheduling, estimating effort, and identifying dependencies.

10.4.1. Managing the dimensions of scheduling

Scheduling works in three dimensions:

  • Content:  The scope and quality of your deliverables.
  • Time:  The amount of time available.
  • Resources:  The people who will develop the content, plus the cost of tools, space, services, and other expenses.

You never have equal control over all three dimensions. There is a saying among project managers: You can have it good, cheap, or fast; pick any two. While that is an oversimplification, any project has to balance the time ...

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