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Private - Fundamentals of Scheduling (1 Day)
About course

This 7-hour course will cover the fundamentals for preparing a schedule. The Time Management processes from Project Management Institute (PMI)® A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) will be reviewed including inputs, key tools and techniques, and outputs. Best practices in defining activities using the project Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) will be presented. Attendees will learn how to sequence tasks and prepare a network diagram using the Precedence Diagramming Method (PDM), along with how to establish task relationships using the four types of dependencies. Techniques for estimating task resources and duration will be explained. This course will also show how to use the Critical Path Method (CPM) for developing the project schedule, and will explain how to calculate free and total float and how to determine the critical path. Finally, this course will also present best practices for updating and controlling the project schedule. This class includes multiple exercises on preparing project schedules.

Who should attend

This course is intended for people new to scheduling, and will help Project Managers, Business Analysts, functional managers, and other project team members understand the fundamentals for preparing a project schedule using precedence diagramming and the critical path method.  

Course features

As a result of taking this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the processes used for preparing a schedule
  • Prepare an activities list using the project  WBS
  • Make a precedence diagram showing task relationships
  • Estimate task resources and duration
  • Analyze a schedule using the Critical Path Method to determine the critical path and float
  • Manage updates and changes to a schedule
Course outline

Introduction to Scheduling 

  • Definitions 
  • Schedule Model
  • Time Management Processes
  • Types and Formats of Schedules


Defining Activities Using the WBS 

  • The WBS: Schedule Starting Point
  • Decomposition of Work Packages
  • Use of Milestones
  • Exercise 1: Develop Activities List


Preparing the Network Diagram 

  • Precedence Diagramming Method 
  • Predecessors and Successors
  • Types of Dependencies 
  • Leads and Lags
  • Conditional Diagramming Methods
  • Exercise 2: Prepare PND


Estimating Resources and Duration

  • Estimating Project Resources
  • Estimating Task Durations


Developing the Project Schedule Using CPM 

  • Develop Schedule Techniques
  • Critical Path Method


Controlling the Project Schedule

  • Schedule Contingency
  • Schedule Change Management 
  • Resource Optimization Techniques
  • Schedule Modeling (Simulation)
  • Schedule Compression Techniques
  • Determining Task Progress
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 of the PMI® A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)--Fifth Edition.