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Advanced Project Scheduling (APSW) Workshop Agenda

Introduction to the Advanced Project Scheduling Workshop

  • Course prerequisites
  • Overview of course goals

Critical Path Fundamentals

  • Overview of critical path characteristics
  • Critical path as a “root cause analysis”
  • Driving paths

Critical Path Characteristics:  Fact or Fiction?

  • Test commonly held beliefs about the critical path

Schedule Calculation Options

  • Out-of-sequence (OOS) progress
  • Retained Logic
  • Progress Override

Analyzing Schedule Changes (PS Case Study #14)

  • Analyze the status impacts to determine the source of schedule delays


  • Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Integrated Master Plan (IMP)

Resource Loading and Leveling

  • Benefits of resource loaded schedules
  • Basic resource limitations: Resource capacity and time
  • Resource leveling priorities

Resource Leveling (PS Case Study #20)

  • Apply resource leveling principles to model an achievable plan

Integrating Subcontract Schedules

  • Major Interface Milestones only
  • Representative Model
  • Full Integration

Schedule Acceleration Techniques

  • Identify the various schedule acceleration techniques
  • Understand the potential drawback of each technique
  • Participate in a schedule acceleration demonstration

Managing Schedule Risk

  • Duration Uncertainty
  • Unplanned Risk Events
  • Merge Bias

Schedule Risk Assessments

  • Overview of SRA process
  • Using SRA Results
  • Schedule Margin

Earned Value - Introduction to EVMS

  • Overview of basic EV terms/principles
  • Demonstrate the relationship between the schedule and EVMS
  • Calculation and use of common EV indices

Interpreting and Calculating Cost and Schedule Variances (EVMS Case Study #4)

  • Reinforce understanding of basic cost and schedule indices

Analysis Using EVMS Calculations with the Schedule

  • Use summary EVMS data to identify schedule risk areas
  • Combining EVM indices and schedule data to diagnose issues

Schedule Analysis Combining SPI, CPI and Critical Path (PS Case Study #16)

  • Use schedule status to calculate indices and forecast project completion

Modeling Level of Effort (LOE)

  • Forecasting LOE
  • Avoiding LOE on the critical path
  • LOE anomalies, issues and errors

IPMDAR DID Scheduling Requirements

  • Overview of scheduling requirements in each section of the IPMDAR DID

DCMA EVMS Compliance Metrics (DECM)

  • Test metric specifications for each schedule metric
  • Examples of each issue

Performing a Schedule Audit (PS Case Study #22)

  • Review a project schedule from the customer perspective, identifying potential issues and areas of concern

Earned Schedule

  • Like EV, but from a different perspective
  • Calculation of time-based SPI (SPIt)
  • Calculation of time-based Schedule Variance (SVt)
  • Calculation of To- Complete SPIt and comparison to SPIt

Using Independent Forecast Completion Date (IFCD) Formulas

  • Comparison to IEAC formulas
  • BCWP-based IFCD formulas
  • BCWS-based IFCD formulas
  • Earned Schedule-based IFCD formulas


Course Evaluation Sheet


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