Project Scheduling Agenda 16-Hour

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Project Scheduling Agenda 16-Hour


  • Discussion of workshop approach
  • Workshop Learning Objectives/DLOs
  • Review of notebook contents

Introduction to Project Scheduling Workshop

  • Workshop Focus
  • Programs vs. Projects
  • Workshop Objectives
  • Class exercise

Project Schedule Use and Users

  • Why Have a schedule?
  • Uses of the schedule
  • Define the term “Stakeholders”
  • Schedule Roles and Responsibilities
  • Schedule Information Requirements and Information Sources

Schedule Development Process

  • Planning vs. Scheduling
  • The Nine Step Process
  • Documents and Documentation
  • Schedule Activities
    • Time Sequence
    • Durations
    • Sequence
    • Obtain commitment and approval
    • Load and level resources
    • Commitment and approval
  • Development Considerations and Concerns

Scope Definition and Work Breakdown Structure

  • Resolve Scope Issues
  • Developing the WBS

Class Exercise – The Family Vacation Part 1

  • Define the activities and durations
  • Debrief and Path Forward

Network Diagramming Fundamentals

  • Introduction to Precedence Diagramming Method (PDM)
  • Network Components
  • Relationships and Logic
  • Fundamentals review

Case Studies #1 and # 2 – Creating Simple Networks and Network Construction

Critical Path Fundamentals

  • Definitions and critical path determination
  • Calculating total and free float
  • Fundamentals Review

Class Exercise – The Family Vacation Parts 2 & 3

  • Improving the previous list of activities
  • Assigning activity durations
  • Construct and calculate the network
  • Determine the critical path
  • Debrief and Lessons Learned

Case Study #7: Critical Path Analysis

Project Schedule Modeling Techniques

  • Lags
  • Schedule Visibility Tasks
  • Leads
  • Constraints
  • Positive and Negative Float Implications
  • Templates
  • Level of Effort

Cast Study #8:  Constructing a More Complex PDM Network

Case Study #9: Use of Constraints

Resource Loading and Leveling

  • Definitions and resource justification
  • Resource leveling and smoothing exercise

Case Study #20:  Resource Loading and Leveling

Schedule Traceability

  • Definitions, requirements, and methods.

Schedule Review

  • When and what to review
  • Who should review

Class Exercise – Family Vacation Part 4

Schedule Baseline

  • Definition and objectives of the schedule baseline
  • Baseline development, maintenance, and revision

Risk Management and Schedule Margin

  • Sources of project risk
  • Process of risk analysis
  • Implementing risk assessment

Schedule Status, Forecast and Changes

  • Statusing and forecasting techniques
  • Managing schedule changes

Case Study #12:  Determining Status and Forecast

Schedule Acceleration Techniques

  • Technique types and when to use them
  • Acceleration demonstration

Diagnosis and Analysis

  • Data vs. Information
  • Actionable information defined

Case Study #14:  Analyzing Schedule Status Changes


  • Formats

Good Practices in Planning & Schedule

IPMR DID Scheduling Requirements

DCMA Data Driven Analytics

Appendix and Good Practices

  • Reference Materials
  • Scheduling Good Practices
  • Additional Guidance
  • PASEG Principles of good practice


Course Evaluation Sheet


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