Effective Planning and Scheduling

    As project managers and leads, we all know how difficult it can be to accurately determine the duration of a project, yet that is exactly what is expected of us on a regular basis. This workshop will not disclose the secret of creating an accurate schedule, because there isn’t one. However, it will provide the factors and fundamental elements that you should consider and address when creating any type of schedule.

 Participants should complete the Intermediate Project Management workshop prior to this course, or have equivalent knowledge

What Will Students Learn?

Define and create a Work Breakdown Structure

Identify and understand task relationships

Estimate task durations and determine project duration

Construct a network diagram

Calculate the critical path of a project

Use the Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT) to create estimates

Plan for risks

Create a communication plan

Effectively allocate project resources

• Update and monitor the project schedule

What Topics are Covered?

Projects and schedules

The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

Estimating activity durations

Identifying task dependencies

Aligning resources with activities

Project Planning with network diagrams, the Critical Path Method, PERT, and Gantt charts

Scheduling software

Uncertainty and risk management

Communication strategies

Creating a viable schedule

• Updating and monitoring the schedule