Certificate in Effective Planning and Scheduling

£149.00

Creating an accurate schedule is more of an art than a science. However, there are some tools and techniques that you can use to be as precise as possible. This course will introduce you to the most commonly used tools and show you how to apply them to everyday scenarios. We recommend that you complete “Intermediate Project Management” before beginning this course.

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Creating an accurate schedule is more of an art than a science. However, there are some tools and techniques that you can use to be as precise as possible. This course will introduce you to the most commonly used tools and show you how to apply them to everyday scenarios. We recommend that you complete “Intermediate Project Management” before beginning this course.

This course will teach you how to use a variety of planning and scheduling tools, including the work breakdown structure, network diagrams, program evaluation and review technique (PERT), and Gantt charts. You will also learn how to properly estimate time, schedule resources, identify task dependencies, manage risks, communicate your schedule, and keep the schedule updated.

Only 6 to 8 hours of study is required per course.

What’s Included?

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Modules

Only 6 to 8 hours of study is required per course.

Session 1: Course Overview

Learning Objectives
Pre-Assignment

Session 2: Projects and Schedules

Making Connections

Session 3: The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

What is a Work Breakdown Structure?
Sample WBS
The Role of a Work Breakdown Structure
Creating a Work Breakdown Structure
Steps for Creating the Work Breakdown Structure
Types of Work Breakdown Structure Diagrams: Deliverable-Based
Types of Work Breakdown Structure Diagrams: Activity-Based
Types of Work Breakdown Structure Diagrams: Deliverable/Activity-Based
Work Breakdown Structure Formats
Indented List
Spreadsheet
Organizational Chart
Work Breakdown Structure Numbering
Sample Numbering
What is a Work Breakdown Structure Dictionary?
Samples
Work Breakdown Structure Exercise

Session 4: Estimating Activity Durations

Estimating Tips and Techniques
Sample Spreadsheet
Gathering Resources
Activity List
Resources
Estimating Activity Durations
Tips for Increasing Estimation Accuracy

Session 5: Camping Case Study

Camping Case Study

Session 6: Identifying Task Dependencies

About Task Dependencies
Washing a Car
Key Questions
Dependency Definitions
Task Dependency Types
FS: Finish-to-Start
SF: Start-to-Finish
FF: Finish to Finish
Case Study: Trip to New York

Session 7: Aligning Resources with Activities

Definitions
Resource Breakdown Structure
Sample Resource Breakdown Structure
Creating the Resource Breakdown Structure
Availability and Skills, Part One
Availability and Skills, Part Two
Availability and Skills, Part Three
Resource Calendars
Stages of Resource Scheduling
Definition
Allocation
Aggregation
Leveling
Considering the Constraints
Resource Turnover
Case Study: Planning an Outdoor Concert
Task Two
Task Three

Session 8: Project Planning

Network Diagrams
About Activity on Node Diagrams
Sample Activity on Node Diagram
About Activity on Arrow Diagrams
Sample Activity on Arrow Diagram
Critical Path Method
Sample Project
Creating a Network Diagram
Starting Network Diagram
Perform Forward Pass through Network
Perform Backward Pass through Network
Determine Slack
Establish the Critical Path
Critical Path Exercise
Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT)
The PERT Formula
Creating Time Estimates
Making Connections
The Value of PERT
About Gantt Charts
Sample Gantt Chart One
Sample Gantt Chart Two
Gantt Chart Exercise

Session 9: Scheduling Software

Choosing the Right Tools
How Do You Know What Software is Best For You?
Open Workbench
Microsoft Project

Session 10: Uncertainty and Risk Management

About Risk Management
Sample Risk Register
Risk Management Planning
Identification of Risk
Quantification of Risk
Responding to Risk
Monitoring and Controlling Risk
Mini Case Study
Pre-Assignment Review

Session 11: Communication Strategies

About Communication
Purpose
Information Required
Frequency
Method
Tips for Successful Communication
Team Members
Project Stakeholders
Project Team
Other Special Target Groups/End Users
Cross-Functional Teams
Communication Exercise

Session 12: Creating a Viable Schedule

Creating a Schedule
Common Scheduling Problems (Part One)
Common Scheduling Problems (Part Two)

Session 13: Updating and Monitoring the Schedule

Schedule Updates
Frequency of Updates
Receiving Updates
Format for Updates
Format for Updates
Better Predicting
Schedule Monitoring
Case Study
Questions

Session 14: A Personal Action Plan

Starting Point
Where I Want to Go
How I Will Get There

System Requirements

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

Microsoft Windows XP, or later
Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS:

OSX/iOS 6 or later
Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems:

Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities (We recommend Google Chrome)