Resource Scheduling Methods Analysis
It has been said, “A schedule is… An instruction to a fool… A guide to a wise person. In retrospect scheduling is an important part of project management to anyone that has and ever will be engaged in such a task.. This monograph will be an analysis of the concept of resource scheduling, evaluation of various methods used to schedule resources, the benefits and challenges associated with each, and methods of when each would be most appropriate. As well a choice will be made about which is most appropriate for the authors’ Collaborative Learning Community (CLC) project.
In resource scheduling as with almost anything in life, there are benefits and challenges. A few of the benefits of resource scheduling can be listed as: It improves the probability for the project team to meet its goal, it establishes overall schedule parameters, aids in determining staffing requirements, assist in the determination of resource loading basis, identifies long lead items, and areas of high risk (Gray, Larson, 2011).
Challenges to resource scheduling are; having sufficient detail to control the project. Too much detail is cumbersome to maintain. Not enough detail and analysis of the schedule is difficult. Communication will definitely be challenged when relaying the status of the project to others. When communication is poor, lacking or non-existent, project time as well as cost may be extended and or increased, which may lead to unfavorable conditions up to and including project failure (SRS, 2010).
There are numerous methods of scheduling resources; the methods that will be examined here are the Milestone Scheduling System, and activity network / Critical Path Method (CPM). With the Milestone Scheduling System, milestones are used to mark significant events in the life of a project, usually critical activities which must be achieved on time to avoid delays in the project. The milestones should be truly significant and reasonable in terms of deadlines. This method would likely be applied when an important piece of equipment needs to be installed; a cutover to a new system; or completion of project phases.
With the critical path method, it provides an easy to understand, graphical view of a project and its activities; the estimated time required to complete the project; and...