Project Management Templates > Scheduling and Estimating

Scheduling and Estimating

The schedule isn't the project plan, but it's a core component of it. Estimating work and managing schedules is a core competency for any project manager. Here you'll find examples of project schedules, guidelines on how to develop an accurate and comprehensive project schedule, and resources to help you improve your task estimating across the team. Also see our Scheduling and Estimating Know-How.

Estimation
  • Estimating Process and Methods
    Provides an overview of project estimating methods.
  • Agile Technique Brief: Estimating
    This agile approach to generating task estimates -- or "story points" -- makes a challenging task more fun and more accurate, by focusing more on relative feature sizes and actual production during a project iteration.
  • Pete's Estimating Laws
    A loosely bound set of Universal Laws that provides the project manager with amusing reminders of possible influences on and errors encountered when estimating work on a project.

Scheduling and Plan Development

Work Breakdown Structure
  • Infrastructure Deployment WBS
    This Microsoft Project schedule for an infrastructure deployment plan includes a detailed work breakdown, draft scheduling estimates and dependencies, and role-based resource allocation. The WBS runs from project scope investigation to post-project review (including lessons learned).
  • WBS Example: Marketing Project
    This WBS and early schedule (in MS Project format) includes a work breakdown, general scheduling and dependencies, and preliminary resource allocation for planning a marketing project.
  • WBS Example: Market Research Planning
    This WBS and early schedule (in MS Project format) includes a work breakdown, general scheduling and dependencies, and preliminary resource allocation for planning a market research project.
  • Renovation WBS and Draft Schedule
    WBS and schedule example for an office renovation project, from design to move-in. This schedule illustrates decomposition of a complicated project into manageable work packages.
  • WBS and Project Schedule for Event Planning
    WBS and schedule (in MS Project format) created for planning an event, to ensure no important elements are overlooked.
  • ISO 9000 Registration
    Are you stretching toward ISO compliance in 2013? This WBS will help. It outlines a process for moving from initial exploration and gap analysis through registration and auditing. While specific to ISO, this four-level phase-based breakdown should be useful for any quality management or certification process.
  • Brochure Planning WBS and Schedule
    Brochure creation is a great example of a simple project that can benefit from some simple work breakdown planning. This WBS in MS Project format includes general scheduling and dependencies, plus notes on the potential scheduling conflicts they raise.
  • Integrated Hardware/Software Mechanical WBS
    This is a work breakdown structure in its purest form: All tasks, no dates. Developed for a mechanical hardware/software integration project, it runs from charter to installation without descending to an unmanageable level of detail.
  • WBS Example: Vendor Selection Project
    This WBS and early schedule (in MS Project format) includes a work breakdown, general scheduling and dependencies, and preliminary resource allocation for a vendor selection project.
  • WBS Example: Agile Project Plan
    WBS and schedule created for starting a new business, including task estimates, resource allocation, preliminary leveling information, and more.
  • WBS Example: Consulting Planning
    This WBS and early schedule (in MS Project format) includes a work breakdown, general scheduling and dependencies, and preliminary resource allocation for planning a new consulting engagement.
  • WBS Example for LAN Installation Planning
    WBS and draft schedule for a LAN installation, including task estimates, resource allocation, and cross-functional work.
  • Software Application Development WBS
    This WBS and schedule example for a software application development project, includes detailed notes for new software PMs, as well as a phase-based WBS from team formation to post-project review.
  • WBS Example: Presentation Planning
    WBS and early schedule (in MS Project format) includes a work breakdown, general scheduling and dependencies, and preliminary resource allocation for planning a presentation or seminar event.
  • Commercial Construction WBS and Draft Schedule
    WBS and schedule example for a commercial construction project, from demolition to doorknobs. This complex project illustrates breaking a years-long project into manageable work packages.
  • WBS and Project Schedule for House Construction
    This Microsoft Project schedule for a home construction project includes a detailed work breakdown, general scheduling and dependencies, and high-level resource allocation. The WBS runs from the initial space planning work to site shutdown and computer relocation. Work packages are described for both the planning and construction phases.
  • User Manual Planning WBS and Schedule
    As any technical writer can tell you, there's no such thing as "just" writing a user manual. This work breakdown in MS Project format includes notes on task estimates and resource allocation, and incorporates cross-functional tasks you could easily overlook.
  • Department- and Project-Level WBS Example
    Work Breakdown Structures examples, created for a multi-project IEEE 802.11 department project portfolio.
  • WBS and Project Schedule for New Business Planning
    This Microsoft Project schedule planning a new business launch includes a work breakdown, general scheduling and dependencies, resource allocation, and even beginning leveling information. The WBS runs from the initial corporate entity setup to production of marketing materials and hiring employees.
  • WBS and Project Schedule for Trade Show Planning
    WBS and schedule created for planning a trade show, including task estimates, resource allocation, preliminary leveling information, and more.
  • WBS & Gantt for 802.11 Master Development Schedule
    WBS with dependencies created for a 100-person project to develop an Access Point and PCMCIA card using IEEE 802.11b technology.
  • MS Project Template for IT Software Development Project
    A model MS Project cross-functional work breakdown structure (WBS) for IT/software development projects.
  • WBS & Gantt for USB Development Schedule
    WBS/Gantt chart created for a project to create client laptop or desktop connections using IEEE 802.11b technology and USB version 1.1.
  • WBS for Electromechanical Systems Project
    Task list/Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) in Microsoft Project, from a multi-subsystem electromechanical development project, covering activities from the early planning phase through the end of the alpha and beta testing activities.
  • WBS and Project Schedule for Office Relocation
    WBS and schedule created for an office move, including task estimates, resource allocation, preliminary leveling information, and more.
  • Party Planning WBS and Schedule
    This WBS and schedule covers planning a party, from guest list to greetings. This would also make a good example for project management newcomers.
  • WBS Example: Planning a Holiday Dinner
    Tongue-in-cheek example of applying project management to a product development with a small team -- by scheduling a holiday dinner with everything ready at the same time.
  • WBS for Large Network Software Project
    WBS for a large-scale software project for a commercial data acquisition network; an example of a very thorough plan requiring many areas to change simultaneously before anything will work correctly again.
  • Software Release Life Cycle WBS
    An MS Project work breakdown structure covering all 10 phases of the Software Release Life Cycle.

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