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A listing of articles discussing various project planning and scheduling issues. This is not a listing of general project management articles.

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Turnaround Project Planning Primer
bullet Turnaround Project Planning Primer (http://www.interplansystems.com/turnaround-project-planning-primer/)  
Description: Free ~30 page tutorial for estimating, planning, and scheduling refinery and petrochemical plant maintenance turnaround / shutdown projects.
Resources: eTaskMaker Project Planning Software
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bullet Agile Project Planning Tips (http://www.ambysoft.com/essays/agileProjectPlanning.html)  
Description: This article offers tips on planning projects for use with the agile project management approach. Topics include:
  • Scheduling Tips
  • Estimating Tips
  • People Management Tips
  • Agile Metrics Tips
and more.
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bullet CPM Scheduling Can Help in Resolution of Disputes (http://www.constructionrisk.com/articles/hillint/cpmscheduling.htm)  
Description: Describes how critical path schedules are used in alternative dispute resolution to find solutions for construction disputes without litigation. It provides ideas for making critical path schedules more effective towards this goal.
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bullet Department for Education and Skills - Project and Programme Management (http://www.dfes.gov.uk/ppm/)  
Description: UK government site offers basic tutorial for manageing projects including a section on planning that includes document templates. This site appears to be geared more towards the student or beginner.
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bullet Opinion: The Perils of Project Planning (http://www.cioinsight.com/article2/0,1540,1995816,00.asp)  
Description: Article focusing on how to plan for a predictable project outcome.
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bullet Planning a Project (http://www.see.ed.ac.uk/~gerard/Management/art8.html)  
Description: An article giving a perspective on the method involved in planning a project. It is presented from a "helicopter view" of the process - touching on the problems posed by the human element and guidelines for mitigating it.
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bullet Project Management for Construction (http://www.ce.cmu.edu/pmbook/)  
Description: Free on-line book by Chris Hendrickson, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University. The book has chapters on (among other things):
  • Cost Estimation
  • Construction Planning
  • Fundamental Scheduling Procedures
  • Advanced Scheduling Techniques
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bullet Project Planning Tutorial (http://www.imls.gov/project_planning/index1.asp)  
Description: This tutorial was designed for museums, libraries, and related organizations that are applying for National Leadership Grants. However, the material covers the skills, knowledge, and tools needed to develop a good project plan for just about any kind of project.

The tutorial includes sections on defining the project (organizational needs, target audience needs, project goals) as well as planning the project (activities, evaluation approach, schedule and resources).
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bullet Ron Winter Consulting LLC (http://www.ronwinterconsulting.com/)  
Description: Ron Winter has published numerous articles on this site, many of which were presented at various conferences including Primavera user's conference, AACEi annual conference and the PMI College of Scheduling annual conference.

Ron also offers services for CPM scheduling, schedule analysis and claims services and markets software for schedule and claims analysis.
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