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Best Practices for Developing Project Schedules



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Project Management

GSA Eligible

This course is eligible for the GSA Pricing Schedule

Pricing and PDU

VirtualPublic Virtual Instructor Led - 7 Hours
Earn: 7 PDUs
List Price: $495 (All courses are available for private delivery for groups. To register multiple students from one company using one form of payment, please call 888-762-3683 for expedited processing of your order.)
PrivatePrivate On-site or Virtual
Earn: 7 PDUs
List Price: Call for pricing
Attendees:Up to 15 (If over 15, call for pricing 1-888-762-3683)

Course Description

What are the consequences to your project if the schedule is incorrect? How confident in the completion date would you be, given that most project schedules contain errors that greatly reduced the schedule accuracy? This 7-hour course covers the essential skills needed to create and maintain a correct project schedule that contains tasks and resources. Topics include a brief review of schedule types, typical formats, critical path method calculations and interpretation of float values. Scheduling best practices will be explained including correct use of task relationships, how to handle the uncertainty in task duration, check for network logic breaks, and correct use of constraints, summary tasks and contingency. Effective methods for adding resources to tasks, reporting progress, handling changes and compressing the schedule will also be discussed. This course includes practical scheduling exercises and participants will have the option of doing the exercises on their computer.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for Project Managers, IT Managers, Business Analysts and anybody else with some experience preparing schedules and who wants to develop expertise in creating and modifying project schedules using scheduling software.

Course Features

This 7-hour course on Best Practices for Developing Project Schedules covers the critical skills necessary to create and maintain a correct project schedule that contains tasks and resources.  Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

• Effectively use Precedence Diagramming and the Critical Path Method
• Describe and use the types of task relationships
• Describe the proper use of constraints
• Explain the relationship between duration, work and availability, and how picking the task type effects schedule calculations
• Use scheduling best practices to prepare a correct schedule
• Know how to resource load a schedule
• Check a schedule for mistakes
• Describe the procedure that should be followed when preparing a project schedule

Course Outline

Module 1: Type of Schedule and Level of Detail
• Schedule Types and Formats
• Appropriate Level of Detail for Schedules
• Naming of Deliverables and Activities
• Showing Activities in the Schedule

Module 2: Scheduling Fundamentals Review
• Task Sequencing and Relationship Types
• Schedule Development using Critical Path Method
• Understanding Critical Path and Float

Module 3: Project Tasks Duration
• Estimating Time Duration
• Handling Uncertainty in Duration Calculations
• Use of Buffers

Module 4: Scheduling Best Practices
• Checking the Network Logic
• Schedule Contingency
• Proper Use of Constraints
• Task Type Impact on Schedule Calculations
• Summary Tasks and Milestones

Module 5: Project Resources
• Using a Resource Pool
• Adding Resources to Tasks
• Resource Leveling Methods

Module 6: Keeping Your Project on Track
• Establishing and Entering Task Progress
• Interrupting Task Work
• Dealing with Changes
• Methods for Compressing a Schedule

Knowledge Areas Addressed

This course addresses the following knowledge areas of the Project Management Institute® A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)--Fifth Edition:
• Project Scope Management
• Project Time Management
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Last modified at 3/17/2017 3:41 PM by Caitlyn Pryde