Private - Best Practices for Developing Project Schedules (1 Day)
About course

Many project schedules contain errors that result in an incorrect completion date. This course will show you how to create a concise and correct project schedule that contains tasks and resources. Types of schedules, the appropriate level of detail for schedules, and the correct naming of deliverables and activities will be addressed. Scheduling fundamentals will be reviewed including task relationship types, critical path method calculations and types of float. 

Methods for estimating task duration will be covered including how to deal with duration uncertainty. Scheduling best practices will be discussed such as checking the network logic, selecting the correct task type, establishing a schedule contingency, using constraints correctly, adding resources to tasks, and using summary tasks and milestones. 

Guidelines for keeping your project on track will be covered including rules for showing progress and methods to shorten the schedule.

Who should attend

This course will benefit project managers, project team members, functional managers, and individuals involved with the planning, implementation and control of projects and looking to become more proficient in preparing schedules for projects.

Course features

This practical course emphasizes the best practices for developing and maintaining project schedules. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Effectively use Precedence Diagramming and the Critical Path Method 
  • Use the four types of task relationships correctly
  • Describe the proper use of constraints 
  • Explain the relationship between duration, work and availability, and how picking the task type affects schedule calculations 
  • Use scheduling best practices to prepare a correct and concise schedule
  • Know how to add resources to a schedule
  • Debug a project schedule
  • Progress a schedule based on work accomplished 
Course outline

Types of Schedules and Level of Detail

  • Schedule Formats and Types
  • Appropriate Level of Detail for Schedules
  • Proper Naming of Deliverables and Activities 
  • Guidelines for Showing Activities in the Schedule

Scheduling Fundamentals Review

  • Task Sequencing and Relationship Types
  • Use of Leads and Lags
  • Schedule Development Using Critical Path Method
  • Understanding Critical Path and Float

Project Tasks Duration

  • Methods for Estimating Duration 
  • Handling Duration Uncertainty

Scheduling Best Practices

  • Network Logic Checks
  • Use of FF Task Relationships
  • Guidelines for Using Buffers and Contingency
  • Proper Use of Constraints
  • Selecting the Correct Task Type
  • Use of Milestones and Summary Tasks

Project Resources

  • Listing Project Resources
  • Add Resources to Tasks
  • Using a Resource Pool for Multiple Projects
  • Methods for Leveling Resources

Keeping Your Project on Track

  • Rules for Showing Task Progress
  • Watching the Float to Determine Project Health
  • Methods to Shorten the Schedule
Course information
Duration: 7 hours
Earn: 7 PDUs
Delivery Method: Virtual or Traditional Classroom
Knowledge areas addressed

This course addresses the Time Management knowledge area identified by PMI® in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) -- 6th Edition