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Planning and Scheduling in a Marine Industrial Environment

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Learn how to create and use one of the most valuable project management tools: a project schedule.

Defining project success often involves completing on time and on budget, and project budgets are often driven by resource costs and the scheduling of those resources.

This 4-day program is for project managers, engineers, quality managers, tradespeople, and procurement managers in the shipbuilding industry. This course will prepare you to develop project schedules for new ship construction and ship repair projects. You will learn to identify and value critical path and float, use standard scheduling terminology, update and track project schedules, intricacies of resource loading and levelling, prepare performance reports, and use earned value management to identify changes.

With these valuable skills, project managers and planners will have improved control of their projects as they will be able to identify the full effect of the unexpected and the full impact of scope changes on their project schedules.


Participants will gain practical skills to:

  • Create effective project schedules
  • Implement project schedule controls
  • Use earned value management
  • Evaluate project metrics and prepare project performance reports
  • Apply best practices in scheduling projects



This course is appropriate for individuals who:

  • Want to improve their shipbuilding project controls
  • Want to pursue a career in shipbuilding project planning and project controls
  • Work in a shipbuilding project management environment and want to increase their scheduling knowledge



Although not required, Introduction to Project Management is advisable.


Participants will receive a course binder containing copies of presentation slides, case studies, and exercises


Context of Project Planning & Scheduling

  • The project life cycle
  • Large group discussion: The new build case study and gathering project information
  • Document: Project Charter
  • Workshop: Project Objectives
  • Principles of schedule development


The Shipbuilding Project Scope

  • The Work Breakdown Structure
  • Workshop: Developing case study WBS •
  • The project Master Schedule
  • Workshop: Create the Master Schedule
  • Estimating effort and duration
  • Tracking assumptions
  • Workshop: Case Study Estimation


Program Planning and Organization

  • Scope planning, definition
  • Risk management planning
  • Procurement planning
  • Cost estimating
  • Scheduling
  • Communication planning
  • Exercise: Work Breakdown Structure
  • Exercise: Risk workshops
  • Exercise: Make vs. buy
  • Exercise: contract types
  • Exercise: estimate types
  • Exercise: cost estimating workshop
  • Exercise: logic diagrams
  • Exercise: crashing
  • Exercise: resource levelling
  • Exercise: communication management plan


Developing a Project Schedule

  • Sequencing activities
  • Logic diagrams & dependencies
  • Workshop: Defining Relationships
  • Large group discussion: Refit Precedence Diagram
  • Large group discussion: Transfer to Bar Chart
  • Critical path, float, constraints, milestones, baselines
  • Workshop: Free Float and Total Float
  • Assignment: Ferry Docking


Planning & Scheduling a New Build

  • Duration & effort-driven scheduling
  • Workshop: Identifying Work Packages
  • Workshop: Create case study schedule
  • Large group discussion: Case Study Bar Chart
  • Schedule Integration
  • Viability Check
  • The importance of milestones
  • Workshop: Adding milestones
  • Identifying constraints
  • Workshop: Identifying schedule constraints
  • Fast-Tracked Schedule Example
  • Assignment: Fast-tracking Case Study
  • Workshop: Evaluate the Attached Schedule Against the Criteria


Resource Loading the Schedule

  • Assigning resources
  • Workshop: Assigning Resources
  • Resource Histogram
  • Workshop: Interpreting Histograms
  • Resource Loading Curves
  • Resource calendars
  • Workshop: Using Resource Calendars


Planning & Scheduling a Refit/Repair

  • Estimating the Schedule
  • Document: Refit Case Study
  • Workshop: Gathering our data
  • Repair Project Life Cycle
  • Workshop: Creating the Repair WBS
  • Workshop: Bar Charts
  • Workshop: Case Study Logic
  • Workshop: Improving the Logic
  • Comparing Schedule Solutions
  • Document: Checklist for a Good Schedule
  • Add milestones, constraints and contingency
  • Workshop: Assigning Contingency
  • Schedule Integration


Resource Management

  • Assigning resources
  • Resource levelling
  • Workshop: Resource Levelling
  • Scheduling resources
  • Resource smoothing
  • Schedule compression
  • Workshop: Crashing
  • Assignment: Case Study Crashing


Introduction to Earned Value

  • Earned value management
  • Performance Reporting
  • Earned Value Is Not Difficult
  • Workshop: Earned Value Exercise
  • Workshop: Sample Project Performance Report


Updating & Controlling the Schedule

  • Updating and maintaining the schedule
  • Measuring progress
  • Schedule reporting
  • Workshop: Drawing Progress Bars
  • Workshop: Project Update
  • Workshop: Analyze the Schedule
  • Schedule Change Control
  • Workshop: Indicating Progress
  • How to Obtain Data
  • Workshop: Design Change Request
  • Arising work
  • Short interval planning
  • Workshop: 2-week Look-ahead
  • Performance reporting
  • Case Study Update
  • Workshop: Schedule Analysis
  • Measuring schedule variances against the baseline
  • Workshop: Measure the Variances
  • Workshop: Establishing Scheduling Policies


course info

Course ID: 2005
Course Level: Intermediate
Duration: 3 or 4 days

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PMI Talent TriangleThe following table provides the breakdown of the professional development units (PDUs) for this course aligned with the PMI Talent TriangleTM.

  Tech. Ldrshp. Strat. & Bus.
PMP 28 0 0
PgMP 28 0 0
PfMP 0 0 0
PMI-ACP 0 0 0
PMI-SP 28 0 0
PMI-RMP 4 0 0
PMI-PBA 0 0 0

The three columns in the above table are Technical Project Management, Leadership, and Strategic & Business Management.

Other Credits

Other professional (re)certification credits are available, including:

  • Certified Business Analyst Professionals (CBAPs) earn 28 CDUs (Category 2B)
  • Certified Software Quality Engineers (CSQEs) earn 4 RUs
  • CIPS Information Systems Professionals (ISPs) earn 28 Learning Credits
  • CIPS Information Technology Certified Professional (ITCPs) earn 28 Learning Credits