Control Schedule

This article contains most of the important information you need to know about Control Schedule in order to answer questions related to this topic in the PMP Exam, I recommend you review this type of articles 1 week before your exam date, all information mentioned are based on PMBOK Guide 6th edition and PMP Exam Prep 9th edition for Rita Maclhy’s, ITTO refers to Inputs, Tools & Techniques and outputs.

This process is a part of Monitor and control Process group and Time Management Knowledge Area with the following ITTO’s


  1. Project Management Plan ( Schedule Management Plan , Schedule baseline , scope baseline , performance measurement baseline )
  2. Project documents ( Lessons learned register , project calendars , project schedule , resources calendars , Schedule data )
  3. Work Performance Data
  4. Organization process assets

Tools & Techniques:

  1. Data Analysis ( Earned value analysis , iteration Burndown chart, Performance reviews , trend analysis . variance analysis , What if scenario )
  2. Critical path method
  3. Resource optimization techniques
  4. Project management information system
  5. Modeling techniques
  6. Leads and Lags
  7. Schedule Compression


  1. Work Performance information
  2. Schedule Forecasts
  3. Change requests
  4. Project Management Plan updates ( Schedule management plan , Schedule & Cost baseline , performance measurement baseline )
  5. Project documents updates ( Assumption log , Basis of estimate , lessons learned register , project schedule , resources calendar , Risk register , Schedule data )


  • It’s the process of monitoring the status of the project to update the project schedule and managing changes to the schedule baseline .
  • When an agile approach is applied to the project , the control schedule process is concerned with reprioritizing the remaining work plan (Backlog) , managing actual changes as they occur , determining the project schedule has changed and conducting retrospectives if required .
  • Project manager is responsible in this process to keep measuring against the plan and to take actions as needed to control schedule.
  • If the project can no longer meet the agreed upon completion date , the project manager might recommend termination of project.
  • Project manager should identify the need of changes and follow the change control process.

Iteration Burndown Chart , It tracks the work that remains to be completed in the iteration backlog , used to analyze the variance with respect to and ideal burndown based on the work committed from iteration planning.

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