What is a Project Schedule, and what are best practices, tools and templates for teams and organizations?
Definition of Project Schedule
A Project Schedule is a project management tool that outlines the work that needs to be performed for a project, the resources needed, and the timeframe during which completion is expected.
Description of Project Schedule
A Project Schedule is important because it communicates the most important aspects of a project, including details on the tasks, resources and timeframe. Without a complete schedule, the project manager will not be able to completely define the cost of a project. Before a Project Schedule can be created, the scheduler needs information on the time and resources for each part of the project, called the Work Breakdown Structure, which are essentially building blocks needed for project completion. In addition to the Work Breakdown Structure, the following information is needed for an accurate Project Schedule:
- Project scope
- Sequence of activities
- Tasks grouped into 5 project phases (conception, definition & planning, launch, performance, close)
- Task dependencies map
- Critical Path Analysis
- Project milestones
Most Project Schedules use online project management software which allows the schedule, resources and budgets to be adjusted in real time. It also allows visibility to others in the organization, such as team members and management, so that everyone involved in the project stays informed of its progress.
Tools & Templates
A specific tool used in creating Project Schedules is typically an online project management program or web based spreadsheet that can be monitored and adjusted by the project team. The challenge of many software programs, online tools, or web-based project management systems, however, is that they are complex, especially for large projects.
upBOARD's Online Project Schedule Tools & Templates
upBOARD’s online Project Schedule collaboration tool allows any team or organization to instantly begin working with our web templates and input forms. Our digital platform goes far beyond other software tools by including progress dashboards, data integration from existing documents or other SaaS software, elegant intuitive designs, and full access on any desktop or mobile device.
Learn more about upBOARD’s portfolio of other project management best practice tools and templates including:
Action Item List, Agile Project Management, Benefits Realization Methodology, Critical Chain Project Management, Critical Path Chart, Critical Path Method, Event Chain Methodology, Extreme Project Management, Gantt Chart, Integrated Project Management, Issue Tracker, IT Roadmap, Lean Project Management, Lean Six Sigma, Plan of Intent (PoI), Plan of Record (PoR), PMBOK Project Management, PRINCE2 Project Management, PRiSM Project Management, Process-Based Project Management, Program Management, Project Budgeting, Project Charter, Project Dashboard, Project Portfolio Management (PPM), Project Portfolio Timeline, Project Risk Management, Project Schedule, Project Scorecard, Project Timeline, Project Tracker, Requirements Breakdown Structure, SCRUM Project Management, Skills Requirement Checklist, Task List, Time Card, To Do List, Waterfall Project Management, and Work Breakdown Structure.