By Robert K. Wysocki

This publication culls the simplest practices from CMM and PMBOK, the de-factostandards for method development and undertaking administration, to showproject managers easy methods to make sure that their venture plans aren't onlyperfect on paper but in addition excellent in perform.

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Schedule Control—Level 3 Characteristics • There is a documented standard for change control, schedule reporting, and cost/schedule control that is used on all projects. • Schedule performance against plan is monitored and managed. Schedule Control—Level 4 Characteristics • A comprehensive cost/schedule control system is used for management decisions. • Lessons learned and best practices are captured and made available to other teams. Schedule Control—Level 5 Characteristics • A process is in place to capture schedule performance and improve the process.

Schedule Control—Level 3 Characteristics • There is a documented standard for change control, schedule reporting, and cost/schedule control that is used on all projects. • Schedule performance against plan is monitored and managed. Schedule Control—Level 4 Characteristics • A comprehensive cost/schedule control system is used for management decisions. • Lessons learned and best practices are captured and made available to other teams. Schedule Control—Level 5 Characteristics • A process is in place to capture schedule performance and improve the process.

Cost changes must be integrated into several other processes as pointed out in the project integration management process. For a list of survey questions that applies to this process see pages 190–192 in the Appendix. Cost Control—Level 1 Characteristics • The control and management of cost is left up to the discretion of the individual project managers. • Cost reports are provided on an ad hoc basis and do not follow any standard template. Cost Control—Level 2 Characteristics • • • • There is a standard format in place for reporting cost reports.

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