Mastering Project Management
Planning and Scheduling:
Delivering Successful Projects On
Schedule and On Budget
This masterclass will give you a solid understanding across the concepts and techniques to plan, schedule, monitor and control time and resources on a project. The training course delivery is structured around the five process groups of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) Guide; initiation, planning, executing, monitoring and control, and closure.
Participants will learn that project time management is a process of strategic planning, monitoring and control to accomplish the timely completion of a project. Completing projects on time is often one of the key success criteria for a project.
This masterclass will provide participants with the tools and techniques to plan, manage and control project time more effectively to give more certainty to the project sponsor and stakeholders.
Why You Should Attend?
√ Learn how to be successful at planning, scheduling and managing project time and resources.
√ Learn to successfully plan and manage project time based on realistic project resource constraints.
√ Develop reliable schedule estimates.
√ Evaluate and risk-adjust activity duration estimates prepared by others.
√ Set dependencies.
√ Undertake committed project time monitoring, forecasting and control.
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
- Identify and document project requirements.
- Facilitate the process of identifying and estimating project activities.
- Design and create a work breakdown structure.
- Develop an accurate schedule for project deliverables.
- Use the work breakdown structure to develop a network diagram.
- Calculate schedules using PERT/CPM.
- Manage contingencies.
- Predict future project performance based on historical data.
- Monitor and control the project schedule, and determine if the project will
complete on schedule.
- Identify and implement strategies to crash and fast track project schedules.
- Identify, assign and tabulate resource requirements.
- Optimise the application of resources.
- Forecast and track resource usage
Clear explanation of theories coupled with hands-on exercises for a firm grasp of project management through:
- Practical Examples
- Case Studies
- Short Exercises
- Group Discussions
- Building a deliverable-oriented WBS that defines the scope of the project and translating it into an activity list.
- Understanding and applying network diagrams.
- Differentiating between estimating models and the difference between effort and duration.
- Estimating for activity duration and the use of productivity to determine true duration.
- Schedule calculations: float, areas of flexibility, critical, near-critical and noncritical path.
- Identifying resource requirements and building a resource breakdown structure.
- Creating a baseline schedule and understanding the variance between planned and actual values.
- Distinguishing between fast-tracking the project and crashing the critical path.
Who Should Attend
Project Directors, Program Managers, Senior Project Management practitioners looking to increase their knowledge of professional project management
Session 1: INTRODUCTION
Session 2: SCHEDULING STRATEGY
- Enterprise Environmental Factors
- Organizational Process Assets
- Project Management Framework
- Project Management Knowledge Areas
- Project Life Cycle and Organization
- Project Phases
Session 3: SCHEDULE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
- Planning Key Points
- Collect Requirements
- Define Scope
- Project Scope Management
- Create WBS
- Scheduling Components
- Define Activities
- Estimate Activity Duration
- Sequence Activities
- Network Diagram
- Critical Path Method
- Critical Chain Method
- Rolling Wave Planning
- Agile Technique
- Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT)
- Monte Carlo Simulation
- Resource Estimating
- Schedule Model Adjustments for resource availability
Session 4: SCHEDULE MONITORING AND CONTROLLING
- Schedule Model Management
- Schedule Data Management Plan
- Schedule Approval
- Baseline the Schedule Model
- Setting the baseline, contingencies, monitoring and statusing the schedule.
- Forecasting critical activities and end dates.
- Updating the schedule.
- Understanding fast tracking and crashing of schedules
- Using computer-based scheduling tools.