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Effective Planning and Scheduling

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Recommended Prerequisites

Course Overview

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 course 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.

Learning Objectives

Course Outline

  1. Course Overview
  2. Projects and Schedules
  3. The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  4. What is a Work Breakdown Structure?
  5. The Role of a Work Breakdown Structure
  6. Creating a Work Breakdown Structure
  7. Work Breakdown Structure Formats
  8. Work Breakdown Structure Numbering
  9. Work Breakdown Structure Dictionary
  10. Work Breakdown Structure Exercise
  11. Estimating Activity Durations
  12. Camping Case Study
  13. Identifying Task Dependencies
  14. About Task Dependencies
  15. Task Dependency Types
  16. Case Study: Trip to New York
  17. Task Relationships Exercise
  18. Aligning Resources with Activities
  19. Definitions
  20. Stages of Resource Scheduling
  21. Case Study: Planning an Outdoor Concert
  22. Project Planning
  23. Network Diagrams
  24. Critical Path Method
  25. Critical Path Exercise
  26. Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT)
  27. About Gantt Charts
  28. Gantt Chart Exercise
  29. Scheduling Software
  30. Uncertainty and Risk Management
  31. About Risk Management
  32. Risk Management Planning
  33. Pre-Assignment Review
  34. Communication Strategies
  35. About Communication
  36. Team Members
  37. Communication Exercise
  38. Creating a Viable Schedule
  39. Creating a Schedule
  40. Common Scheduling Problems
  41. Updating and Monitoring the Schedule
  42. Schedule Updates
  43. Case Study
  44. Personal Action Plan
  45. Recommended Reading List
  46. Post-Course Assessment

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