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Project Management Foundations: Schedules

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Overview

Learn how to proactively manage project schedules. Get project management tips to resolve schedule conflicts, shorten timeframes, and reduce costs.

Syllabus

Introduction
  • Welcome
  • What you need to know
  • Showcase of project schedule
  • How to use the exercise files
1. Understanding a Project Schedule
  • Why do you need a schedule?
  • Schedules within the project lifecycle
  • Develop a schedule management plan
2. Identifying and Organizing Activities
  • Determine the level of detail
  • Identify project activities
  • Add milestones
  • Organize work
3. Sequencing Activities
  • Estimate duration and work
  • Methods for estimating activities
  • Put activities in order
  • Handle lag in dependencies
  • Problem with start-to-start dependencies
  • Best practices for sequencing activities
4. Assigning Resources to Tasks
  • Plan resources at a high level
  • Procure resources
  • Define resources in your schedule
  • Balance resource assignment variables
  • Keep an assignment variable fixed
  • Assign resources to activities
  • Replace generic resources with people
  • Working with part-time workers and teams
  • Work with remote teams
5. Fine-Tuning Assignments
  • What is the critical path?
  • Determine the critical path
  • Put the critical path to work
  • Too many or too few critical tasks
  • Lengthen, delay, or split assignments
  • Adjust the level of work over time
  • Replace overallocated resources
6. Optimizing Schedules
  • Include schedule contingency time
  • Baseline the schedule
7. Managing Schedules
  • Proactively manage a schedule
  • Update progress in the schedule
  • Find schedule problems
  • Fast-track to shorten a schedule
  • Pay more to shorten a schedule
  • Change the schedule to reduce cost
  • Reduce scope
  • Improve schedules
Conclusion
  • Next steps

Taught by

Bonnie Biafore

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