Project Scheduling Agenda 16-Hour

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Project Scheduling Agenda 16-Hour


  • Discussion of workshop approach
  • Review of notebook contents

Introduction to Project Scheduling Workshop

  • Programs vs. Projects
  • Workshop Objectives

Use and Users of the Project Schedule

  • Impacts of poor scheduling
  • Using schedule results
  • Schedule Roles and Responsibilities

Schedule Development Process

  • Planning vs. Scheduling
  • Nine step schedule development process

Scope Definition and Work Breakdown Structure

  • WBS overview
  • Introduction to the WBS Dictionary

Network Diagramming Fundamentals

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

Case Study:  Creating Simple Network Diagrams

  • Construction of a basic network diagram

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

Case Study:  Forward/Backward Pass Calculations

  • Practice the calculation of early dates, late dates, float and the critical path

Project Modeling Techniques

  • Use and abuse of Lags
  • Schedule Visibility Tasks (SVTs) - an alternative to Lags
  • Use and abuse of Leads
  • Modeling common processes with Templates
  • Overview of integrating Level of Effort into the schedule

Activity Constraints

  • Hard vs. Soft constraints
  • Constraint types
  • Examples of how constraints alter forward/backward pass calculations

Resource Loading and Leveling

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

Case Study:  Resource Leveling

  • Apply resource leveling principles to model an achievable plan

Schedule Traceability

  • Horizontal vs. Vertical traceability
  • Summary tasks vs. hammocks
  • Causes of traceability issues

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 Changes

  • Routine updates vs. Baseline changes
  • Causes of baseline changes

Case Study: Determining Status and Forecasting Project Completion

  • Demonstrate the impact of status on the forecasted project completion

Reporting and Analysis

  • Benefits and limitations of common scheduling formats/reports

Schedule Acceleration Techniques

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

Introduction to Schedule Risk

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

The Schedule in the Government Environment

  • Differences between commercial and government scheduling
  • Review the documents that define project requirements
  • Introduce the concept of a control account
  • Overview of the Integrated Master Plan (IMP)

Other Schedule Metrics

  • Review of metrics not already covered in the Schedule Health section

Good Practices in Planning & Scheduling

  • Scheduling best practices
  • Schedule review checklist


Course Evaluation Sheet


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