Scheduling Guide for Program Managers

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This guide provides an introduction to scheduling intended for use by government
program managers and industry program of project managers and their respective staffs.
It is the third version of a 1986 publication prepared by Mr. David D. Acker, Mr. J. Stanley
Baumgartner, and Mr. Michael B. Patterson. A second version, published in 1994, was
prepared by Mr. William W. Bahnmaier and Mr. Paul T. McMahon.

This version addresses many of the topics contained in their earlier versions, especially
those relating to the different types of scheduling techniques. The major difference
between this and the previous versions is the treatment of scheduling as part of the
acquisition process and the overall program management effort, particularly as it relates
to the planning and control functions of program management. Scheduling is discussed
in the context of the development of integrated master plans and schedules, the risk
management process, and earned value management.

This guide is not intended as a detailed treatment of scheduling techniques. Instead, it is
more of a primer on the subject, addressing the importance of scheduling and the
application of basic scheduling techniques. It is a compilation of information from various
sources, and hopefully will serve as a starting point for those who desire to delve deeper
into the various scheduling techniques.