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PSW 8-Hour Webinar


  • Discussion of workshop approach
  • Review of notebook contents

Introduction to Project Scheduling Workshop

  • Workshop Focus
  • Programs vs. Projects
  • Workshop Objectives

Schedule Development Process

  • Nine step schedule development process
  • Current vs. Baseline Schedules

Network Diagramming Fundamentals

  • Introduction to the fundamental components of a schedule network:
    • Activities
    • Relationships

Critical Path Fundamentals

  • Definition of critical path
  • Forward and Backward Passes
  • Total Float vs. Free Float
  • How to determine the critical path
  • Critical path vs. driving path

Project Modeling Techniques

  • Use and abuse of Lags
  • Schedule Visibility Tasks
  • Use and abuse of Leads

Activity Constraints

  • Soft vs. Hard Constraints
  • Naming Conventions
  • Impact of constraints on network calculations

Resource Loading and Leveling

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

Schedule Traceability

  • Horizontal vs. Vertical traceability
  • Causes of traceability problems

Schedule Health

  • Characteristics of a “healthy” schedule
  • Overview of common schedule health metrics

Schedule Baseline

  • Definition and objectives of the schedule baseline
  • Baseline differences between  scheduling tools
  • Baseline revisions

Schedule Status

  • Progress vs. Forecast
  • Status requirements for each activity state
  • Recommendations for effective statusing

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

  • Sources of schedule risk
  • Schedule Risk Assessment (SRA) overview

Reporting and Analysis

  • Benefits and limitations of common scheduling formats/reports

Good Practices in Planning and Scheduling

  • Benefits and limitations of common scheduling formats/reports


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