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Project Management with Dynamic Scheduling

Baseline Scheduling, Risk Analysis and Project Control

  • Overview of project scheduling principles available in literature

  • Integration of scheduling, risk and control

  • Use of software stimulated (students version available)

  • Topics based on many research projects and real-life projects


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Mario Vanhoucke
    Pages 1-8
  3. Scheduling Without Resources

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Mario Vanhoucke
      Pages 11-35
    3. Mario Vanhoucke
      Pages 37-57
    4. Mario Vanhoucke
      Pages 59-79
    5. Mario Vanhoucke
      Pages 81-100
    6. Mario Vanhoucke
      Pages 101-106
  4. Scheduling with Resources

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Mario Vanhoucke
      Pages 109-139
    3. Mario Vanhoucke
      Pages 141-174
    4. Mario Vanhoucke
      Pages 175-185
    5. Mario Vanhoucke
      Pages 187-208
    6. Mario Vanhoucke
      Pages 209-213
  5. Project Control

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Mario Vanhoucke
      Pages 217-240
    3. Mario Vanhoucke
      Pages 241-260
    4. Mario Vanhoucke
      Pages 261-271
  6. Scheduling with Software

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 273-273
    2. Mario Vanhoucke
      Pages 275-289

About this book


The topic of this book is known as dynamic scheduling, and is used to refer to three dimensions of project management and scheduling: the construction of a baseline schedule and the analysis of a project schedule’s risk as preparation of the project control phase during project progress. This dynamic scheduling point of view implicitly assumes that the usability of a project’s baseline schedule is rather limited and only acts as a point of reference in the project life cycle. Consequently, a project schedule should especially be considered as nothing more than a predictive model that can be used for resource efficiency calculations, time and cost risk analyses, project tracking and performance measurement, and so on.

In this book, the three dimensions of dynamic scheduling are highlighted in detail and are based on and inspired by a combination of academic research studies at Ghent University (, in-company trainings at Vlerick Business School ( and consultancy projects at OR-AS ( First, the construction of a project baseline schedule is a central theme throughout the various chapters of the book, and is discussed from a complexity point of view with and without the presence of project resources. Second, the creation of an awareness of the weak parts in a baseline schedule is discussed at the end of the two baseline scheduling parts as schedule risk analysis techniques that can be applied on top of the baseline schedule. Third, the baseline schedule and its risk analyses can be used as guidelines during the project control step where actual deviations can be corrected within the margins of the project’s time and cost reserves.

The second edition of this book has seen corrections, additions and amendments in detail throughout the book. Moreover Chapter 15 on "Dynamic Scheduling with ProTrack" has been completely rewritten and extended with a section on "ProTrack as a research tool".


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Ghent University Fac. Economics & Business AdministrationGentBelgium

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From the reviews of the second edition:

“This book is brought in such a way that it is able to inform a wide audience about the current state-of-the-art principles in dynamic project scheduling. The target audience can consist of undergraduate or MBA students following a project management course, participants of company trainings with a focus on scheduling or software users who search for added value when using software tools. … I recommend this book as a compliment to your project management studies and especially for those already working in this area.” (Inspire and Action blog,, December, 2013)