Effective Planning & Scheduling

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Description:
As project managers and leads, we all know how difficult it can be to accurately determine the duration of a project, yet that is exactly what is expected of us on a regular basis. This two-day workshop 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 you should consider and address when creating any type of schedule.
Prerequisites:
Participants should have completed an Intermediate Project Management workshop prior to this course or ideally have equivalent knowledge.
How You Will Benefit:
• Define and create a Work Breakdown Structure
• Identify and understand task relationships
• Estimate task durations and determine project duration
• Construct a network diagram
• Calculate the critical path of a project
• Use the Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT) to create estimates
• Plan for risks
• Create a communication plan
• Effectively allocate project resources
• Update and monitor the project schedule
What You Will Cover:
Projects and schedules
The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
Estimating activity durations
Identifying task dependencies
Aligning resources with activities
Project planning
Scheduling software
Uncertainty and risk management
Communication
Creating a viable schedule
Updating and monitoring the schedule