Planners & Schedulers

Our team are specialists in Planning and Scheduling and experts in developing integrated plans to support Project Management, Program Management and Portfolio Management functions. Our Planners & schedulers continue to enhance standards and develop innovations to ensure accurate and meaningful project planning is achieved in each unique environment.

We recognise there is a big difference between planning and scheduling, one being the art and one the science. While schedulers have a tool focus, planners have a people focus. Planners help people articulate plans that live in their imagination. Planners add value through identifying risks and opportunities.

While lamenting the over use of the title “Master Scheduler” we do recognise the unique skills needed by a Planning/Scheduling team lead. As a minimum they must be an experienced planner (and hence an experienced scheduler) but also possess the leadership and influencing skills needed for integration of complex plans. They must be able to set, articulate and implement scheduling standards as well as facilitate appropriate reporting.

Our team are skilled and experienced in the various scheduling tools, and make the best use of the common tools such as MS Project, working around their flaws and limitations.


“We had a shortfall in resources to plan and initiate a significant project. Through a structured approach to project planning and estimating and strong stakeholder engagement, Core Consulting Group established a realistic and practical project approach, plan and estimate. The outcome was a well-initiated project, structured for success, with great organisational engagement. The approach used will serve as a standard for planning and initiating future major projects.”
Simon Price – Energy Company (2009)