Many project and program managers try to educate themselves on scheduling and, for years, remain beginners, unable to implement the inputs and outputs of a schedule. It results in poor predictability.
This course introduces the fundamental concepts of time management and scheduling as gleaned from the Program Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), the field of Agile project management, and common practices in industry.
It is a tool-agnostic course geared for hands-on project managers, project management office leads, and middle managers, who crave early warnings and predictable project outcomes.
- Define what makes up a schedule (inputs and outputs) and convert a past schedule into a project template
- Learn how to tie the three legs of the iron triangle—scope, time and cost
- Set expectations with executives and teammates about what is needed from them to run a successful project and what the project managers owes each of them
- Refine existing project estimates by incorporating lessons learned, estimating errors and risk
- Correlate dependencies and shared resources between projects managed by different project managers
- Transition generic resource assignments into persons, set their average daily effort allocation, level their workload
- Correlate top down and bottoms up schedules, set the project baseline and deadline
- Identify risk points
- Track task progress correctly and recover from delays
- Use Microsoft Project at an intermediate level, if you’re using it in your organization (Supplemental material)
At the conclusion of this course, you should be able to
- What belongs in a schedule vs. a to-do or action item list. To-do list implementation in Excel
- Optimum visibility: schedule detail and granularity
- Iron triangle—how to represent scope time and cost mathematically
- Task types and resource types—what is pre-defined, what needs estimation and what should be calculated by a tool
- Milestones and recurring activities
- Dates: dynamic or dependent dates and constrained dates; encoding holidays and vacations
- Workload leveling
- Critical path, slack, reconciling top-down/bottoms up mismatch
- Estimating uncertainty (independent of estimating method), risk and unknown events and how to manage them
- Scaling of estimating data according to specific project size, complexity, and resource productivity
- Dependencies among tasks and resources across projects
- Schedule templates
- Project priorities
- Correct updating techniques
- Recovery techniques: fast-tracking, crashing, and crunching
- Reporting. Escalating with options
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