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Project Scheduling Essentials

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Abstract: 

Are your deliverables consistently late? This course is for your Project Controls Officers or for those who need to 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 3-day course is Part 1 of our intensive 5-day program on Project Scheduling and Controls. It prepares participants to create realistic schedules, resource load those schedules, and update and track project progress. With this valuable skill, project managers and planners will improve control of their projects.

Our instructors are seasoned project scheduling professionals, who have experience in a wide variety of industries and with a number of scheduling software packages (including Microsoft Project and Primavera). Examples used will include construction, IT, and telecommunications. In addition to scheduling theory, practitioners’ tips and tricks will be demonstrated.

We continue our tradition of experiential learning, with hands-on exercises, in which participants will use a “live” project to create a schedule, update it, and track it. Participants will practice transferring project logic into a bar chart, which is best achieved using software; therefore, it is advisable that participants bring their own laptops already loaded with scheduling software to create and update a schedule. Although scheduling software will be discussed and used, it is not the intent to teach to any specific scheduling software package.

This unique professional level course is appropriate for those seeking to obtain their professional credential in planning and scheduling, such as PMI-SP® (PMI’s Scheduling Professional) or AACE PSP® (AACE International’s Planning & Scheduling Professional) credentials. This course is an approved AACE course.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Participants will gain practical skills to:

  • Create effective project schedules
  • Identify and value critical path and float (slack)
  • Use standard scheduling terminology
  • Update and track project schedules
  • Apply best practices in scheduling projects
  • Start their preparation for the scheduling examination from PMI or AACE

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

The Project Scheduling Essentials course is appropriate for individuals who are:

  • Want to improve their project controls
  • Want to pursue a career in project planning and project controls
  • Want to enhance their resume and marketability
  • Work in a project management environment, in any industry or discipline, and want to increase their scheduling knowledge
  • Want to prepare for the PMI-Scheduling Professional,or the AACE Planning & Scheduling Professional credentials

 

PREREQUISITE

  • University degree, or a technology or business diploma. Minimum of two years experience in a project environment.
  • An introductory course in project management such as Project Management Essentials is advisable
  • It is advisable for you to have taken an introductory course in scheduling software, such as Microsoft Project Essentials,or have hands-on experience with Microsoft Project or Primavera, or another similar scheduling software tool
  • If you don’t meet these prerequisites, please consider our Certificate in Project Scheduling & Controls

 

MATERIALS

You will receive a course binder containing a copy of the presentation slides. Course files in Microsoft Project will be available. It is advisable for you to bring your laptop with a scheduling software package already installed (Primavera, Microsoft Project, SureTrak, or similar).

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

DAY 1:
Context of Project Planning & Scheduling

  • Role of the project scheduler
  • Principles of schedule development
  • Workshop: Developing case study WBS
  • Estimating effort and duration
  • Tracking assumptions
  • Logic diagrams & dependencies
  • Critical path, float, constraints, milestones, baselines
  • Assignment: Bar (Gantt) chart for Kiddie roller coaster project
  • Scheduling credentials' requirements

 

DAY 2:
Developing a Project Schedule

  • Duration & effort-driven scheduling
  • Workshop: Create case study schedule
  • Integrating schedules
  • Project schedule reality check
  • Baselining the schedule
  • Creating templates
  • Fast-tracking the schedule
  • Introducing principles of schedule control
  • Schedule Evaluation criteria
  • Assignment: Schedule evaluation

 

DAY 3:
Updating & Tracking the Schedule

  • Identifying progress
  • Updating and maintaining the schedule
  • Measuring schedule variances against the baseline
  • Workshop:Identifying the impact of a change
  • Quantifying delay
  • Assignment: Corrective action recommendation

 

Resource Management and Earned Value

  • Assigning resources
  • Identifying resource loading
  • Workshop: Assigning resources
  • Earned value theory
  • Workshop: Using earned value

 

course info

Course ID: 2003
Course Level: Intermediate
Duration: 3 days

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Gold Seal Certified

Project Scheduling Essentials
3 Credits

 

The National Gold Seal Committee has approved this course for Gold Seal accreditation. The National Gold Seal Committee has commended Procept Associates Ltd. for recognizing the need for defining and providing quality construction management training.

Certificate #15-12-222

PMI PDUs

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 21 0 0
PgMP 21 0 0
PfMP 7 0 0
PMI-ACP 21 0 0
PMI-SP 20 0 0
PMI-RMP 7 0 0
PMI-PBA 21 0 0

 
The three columns in the 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 21 CDUs (Category 2B)
  • Certified Software Quality Engineers (CSQEs) earn 3 RUs
  • CIPS Information Systems Professionals (ISPs) earn 21 Learning Credits
  • CIPS Information Technology Certified Professional (ITCPs) earn 21 Learning Credits