Project Planning Resources

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This category lists resources that are provide useful information or tools for project planning and scheduling. This is not a listing of project management software.

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bullet Construction Schedule Specifications (http://www.schedulespecs.com/)  
Description: Built to provide resources, report on developments and collect ideas on developing best practices in schedule specifications.

Includes a library of actual specification requirements (or samples from existing contracts).
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bullet Delay and Disruption Protocol (http://www.eotprotocol.com/)  
Description: Published by the Society of Construction Law, the protocol exists to provide guidance to all parties to the construction process when dealing with time/delay matters. It recognises that transparency of information and methodology is central to both dispute prevention and dispute resolution.

The document is available as a free download (.PDF format) or in bound hardcover from their online shop.
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bullet Plan On the Net (http://www.planonthenet.com/)  
Description: Provides a free web-based facility for collaborating on project plans and critical path schedules. Free accounts are limited to 1,000 tasks.
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bullet PMConnection (http://www.pmconnection.com/)  
Description: Mostly focused on project management, but it does have numerous articles specific to using Microsoft Project. They also have a large directory of links to articles and other project management sites.
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bullet Project Manager Today (http://www.pmtoday.co.uk/)  
Description: UK based online (and print) project management publication. Includes a searchable knowledge base of articles organized by topic with many related to planning and scheduling. There are also reviews of planning and scheduling software. Both resources require a subscription.
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bullet Project Planning Tools Forms Templates and Scorecards for IT Project Management (http://www.ittoolkit.com/qtools.htm)  
Description: Provides planning tools, forms, checklists and templates (in PDF format) to help planners meet specific management objectives. The collection includes:
  • Meeting Agenda Template
  • Project Closure Checklist
  • Project Office Mission Statement
  • Status Report Template
  • Project Status Scorecard
  • Assumptions and Constraints Worksheet
  • Checkpoint Planning Worksheet
  • Acceptance Criteria Worksheet
  • Project Sizing Worksheet
  • Requirements Planning Worksheet
  • Work Breakdown Structure Planning Worksheet
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bullet Project Smart (http://www.projectsmart.co.uk/)  
Description: UK based magazine focused on project managent includes some articles on planning and scheduling issues. The articles are freely available online.

They also offer free and commerial project management templates.
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bullet PROJECTmagazine (http://www.projectmagazine.com/)  
Description: On-line magazine primarily aimed at project managers though some articles are specific to planning and scheduling issues. It offers 4 to 6 articles in each issue as well as regular columns on software and book reviews.
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