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.
- Course Outline
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.
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).
At the end of this course participants will be able 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®.
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
- Prerequisites & Certificates
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. f you don't meet these prerequisites, please consider our Certificate in Project Scheduling & Controls.
Certificate of completion
- Cancellation Policy
A 20% cancellation fee applies for cancellations received up to fourteen (14) business days before the course. Any cancellation up to five (5) business days before the course is subject to the entire course fee, which you may apply toward a future course for a one year period (subject to availability). The course fee is non-transferrable and non refundable five (5) business days prior to the scheduled delivery date.
Please note that if you do not cancel and do not attend, you will still be responsible for payment. Substitutions may be made at any time. If Procept finds it necessary to cancel a course due to low enrolment, a full refund will be made. Procept will not be responsible for participant's expenses.
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