Scheduling is a subset of the planning process.  It is defined as the process used to determine the overall project duration and when activities and events are planned to be implemented.  This includes identification of activities and their logical dependencies, and estimation of activity durations, taking into account requirements and availability of resources. Scheduling can only commence once the scope for the project has been defined which will detail the Product Breakdown Structure (PBS) and the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).


In the project management environment many individuals mistakenly use the term “project planning” for matters relating to “scheduling”.