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Trainers working with project managers and team leaders know how challenging it can be to accurately determine the duration of a project, yet that is exactly what is expected on a regular basis! This two-day Effective Planning And Scheduling training 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 people need to 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, in order to capitalize on the best learning experience possible.

Confidently teach the essential skills of: estimation and breaking down work; task dependencies; resource scheduling; uncertainty and risk management; communication essentials; creating viable schedules; and more.

Effective Planning and Scheduling competencies are essential in so many aspects of work, and we give you all the tools to teach these skills well. It’s also easy to buy them: Click, purchase courseware, and download instantly! You can customize these training materials to reflect your brand, the experience and needs of your participants, and have unlimited material printing and training license.

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How to Use This Guide

Session One: Course Overview

Session Two: Projects and Schedules

Session Three: The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

What is a Work Breakdown Structure?

The Role of a Work Breakdown Structure

Creating a Work Breakdown Structure

Work Breakdown Structure Formats

Work Breakdown Structure Numbering

Work Breakdown Structure Dictionary

Work Breakdown Structure Exercise

Session Four: Estimating Activity Durations

Session Five: Camping Case Study

Session Six: Identifying Task Dependencies

About Task Dependencies

Task Dependency Types

Case Study: Trip to New York

Task Relationships Exercise

Session Seven: Aligning Resources with Activities


Stages of Resource Scheduling

Case Study: Planning an Outdoor Concert

Session Eight: Project Planning

Network Diagrams

Critical Path Method

Critical Path Exercise

Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT)

About Gantt Charts

Gantt Chart Exercise

Session Nine: Scheduling Software

Session Ten: Uncertainty and Risk Management

About Risk Management

Risk Management Planning

Pre-Assignment Review

Session Eleven: Communication Strategies

About Communication

Team Members

Communication Exercise

Session Twelve: Creating a Viable Schedule

Creating a Schedule

Common Scheduling Problems

Session Thirteen: Updating and Monitoring the Schedule

Schedule Updates

Case Study

Recommended Reading List

Post-Course Assessment

Pre- and Post-Assessment Answer Keys

Personal Action Plan

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