Scheduling a Project at Different Levels

Authored by: Gui Ponce de Leon

Scheduling a project at the right level, at the right time, is an important consideration in project planning and scheduling. However, practitioners who develop schedules at different levels do not agree on the criteria that apply to summary- and detailed level schedules, including scheduling technique. This paper reviews recent developments on the concept of schedule levels, including the hierarchy in Guide to the Forensic Scheduling Body of Knowledge Part I (FSBOK Guide). Aspects of the FSBOK Guide reviewed include correlation to the work breakdown structure (WBS), schedule granularity, scheduling technique, integration of levels and other criteria. To avoid getting lost in the details, keeping the Level 2 schedule current for the duration of the project and limiting rolling wave planning to Level 4 schedules are advocated.