Smart Planning

Learning Path: Management Pro

Duration: 2 Day(s).

Course Overview

As project managers and professionals, we realize the difficulty of accurately estimating project duration. That skill is a core responsibility for us. This seminar holds no secrets or tricks to creating accurate schedules. We will, however, learn the fundamental elements and considerations required in creating all types of schedules.
Students will have completed the Intermediate Project Management seminar before this course, or possess equivalent experience. Students should already be able to:

  • Define projects and project management
  • Understand project life cycle
  • Discuss project planning basics and scheduling
  • Complete a project charter and a Statement of Work 

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Learning Objectives

  • Create a Work Breakdown Structure
  • Estimate task durations and determine project duration
  • Identify and understand task relationships
  • Calculate the critical path of a project
  • Construct a network diagram
  • Create estimates using the Program Evaluation and Review Technique
  • Plan for risks
  • Create a communication plan
  • Efficiently allocate project resources
  • Update and monitor the project schedule

Target Audience 
Project managers

Course Calendar

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Course Outline

Unit One: Defining Projects and Schedules
Unit Two: Using the Work Breakdown Structure
What Is a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)?
Understand the Role of a WBS
Creating a WBS
WBS Formats
WBS Numbering
WBS Dictionary
Estimating Activity Durations
Unit Three: Case Study – A Trip to Casablanca
Unit Four: Identifying Task Dependencies
What Are Task Dependencies?
Task Dependency Types
Case Study: Trip to Casablanca
Task Relationships Exercise
Unit Five: Aligning Resources with Activities
What Is a Resource?
4 Stages of Resource Scheduling
Case Study: Planning an Outdoor Concert
Unit Six: Introducing Project Planning Basics
Working with Network Diagrams
Using Critical Path Method
Using Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT)
Using Gantt Charts
Unit Seven: Using Scheduling Software
Unit Eight: Dealing with Uncertainty and Risk
Risk Management Planning
Pre-Assignment Review
Unit Nine: Planning for Project Communication
Have a Communication Plan
Communication with Project Team Members
Unit Ten: Creating a Workable Schedule
Common Scheduling Problems
Unit Eleven: Updating and Monitoring the Schedule
Update the Schedule Along the Way
Case Study

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