Project Scheduling Essentials | PPMT.X416

Project Scheduling Essentials | PPMT.X416

Formerly titled “Managing Projects with Microsoft Project.”

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.

Learning Outcomes

    At the conclusion of this course, you should be able to

  • 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)

Topics Include

  • 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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Sections Open for Enrollment:

Open Sections and Schedule
Start / End Date Quarter Units Cost Instructor
11-05-2024 to 11-12-2024 1.5 $750

Sutanu Ghosh


Final Date To Enroll: 11-05-2024


Date: Start Time: End Time: Meeting Type: Location:
Tue, 11-05-2024 8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Flexible SANTA CLARA / REMOTE
Tue, 11-12-2024 8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Flexible SANTA CLARA / REMOTE