Some people new to project management & planning often do not realize the difference between Project Schedule and Project Plan and make critical mistakes when trying to plan and schedule their projects. If you do not want to do the same mistakes, you should understand definitions of both Project Schedule and Project Plan and then compare the documents to see the difference. Let’s look at the next definitions:
- Schedule is a schedule of logically sequenced activities and tasks that have specific durations and clear timeframes. Project Schedule is used to build Gantt charts, design work calendars, and estimate project critical path.
- Plan is a formal document used to define activities and tasks for both the execution phase and the control & monitor phase. It is the primary project management document that regulates all the management activities, such as risk management, change management, communications management, etc.
The difference between the documents is: Project Plan defines the major management activities and tasks for a project while Project Schedule sets time-related characteristics for tasks and activities.
VIP Task Manager will help you create Project Plan and Schedule by using Task Tree view and Calendar view. Task Tree view of the software allows using to-do lists for planning tasks and activities. In Calendar view you can design timelines and calendars.
- Use Task Tree view to plan your project and divide it into phases and tasks. Templates will help you create plans quickly.
- Use Calendar view to schedule your activities and tasks. You can set baseline and define task durations.
- Use Filter panel in both views to track tasks following your milestones.