Handling Unrealistic Schedules

Learn to Manage or Prevent Unrealistic Project Schedules—1 Day, 7 Hours

Has your boss given you a project deadline that you believe is unrealistic? Did your sales team sell a project with a due date that you simply cannot meet? These might be common situations in the project management world, but they should NOT be happening—and now project managers can do something about it. This course will help you understand why this situation occurs, and will present real world solutions that you can implement immediately. Students in this course will learn how to make the problem of unrealistic project schedules disappear, once and for all.

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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Utilize the project information they are given at the start.
  2. Clarify with stakeholders what is being asked of them.
  3. Plan and execute a realistic schedule.
  4. Include risk management in schedule planning.
  5. Apply best practices for communicating with key stakeholders.
  • Requirements for Developing a Schedule
    • What to Do When You Receive a Completion Date
    • Making it Realistic
    • Optimizing the Schedule
    • What if the Time is Too Long?
    • Schedule Network Analysis
  • Meeting with Senior Management
    • Options
    • Asking for What You Want
  • Planning How You Will Manage and Control the Schedule
    • The Management Plan
    • The Control Piece
    • Configuration Management
    • The Change Control System
  • Managing the Schedule and Reporting
    • What Questions You Should Ask
    • Why You Should Ask Questions
    • Types of Questions
  • Improving Processes
    • Keeping the Schedule Realistic
    • Measuring Performance
    • Mistake: Percent Complete
    • Alternatives to Percent Complete
    • Earned Value
    • Re-Estimating During the Project
  • Corrective and Preventative Action
    • Controlling Changes
    • Change Impacts on the Triple Constraint
    • Integrated Change Control
    • Instituting a Change Form
    • Making a Change Log
    • Not Allowing Changes
    • Tricks for Handling Common Changes
  • Case Study
  • Summary and Closing
  • Self-Assessment

BOOK: PM Crash Course, Second Edition
by Rita Mulcahy et. al.

This compact resource guide quickly and clearly communicates project-related concepts like project charters, stakeholder management, requirements definition, estimating, scheduling, budgeting, quality management, risk management and more.

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WHITE PAPER: Tailoring Scope by Project—Why One Doesn't Fit All by Barbara A. Carkenord

This whitepaper recommends that scoping should be tailored to the type of project and product being undertaken, rather than trying to design a standard scope statement or statement of work (SOW) for all projects.

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FREE RECORDED WEBINAR: Overcoming Politics on Projects
by Rick A. Morris

This one-hour Webinar dives into the topics of gaining buy-in from upper management, accurately estimating time and cost, controlling project communication, managing within corporate culture, taking care of your team, and more.

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TEMPLATE: Free Sample Project Charter

Having trouble creating a project charter for your upcoming initiative? Use this free sample from RMC as a guideline, and complete your charter quickly and easily.

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For Corporate Pricing or to Schedule a Training Needs Assessment, Please Contact:

Ken Mulcahy • Onsite Training Specialist • (952) 846-4484 x410kmulcahy@rmcls.com

* Discounts Available for Federal, State and Local Government Agencies

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Type: Core PM Training
Audience: Project Managers and Project Team Members
Duration: 1 Day – 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Contact Hours/PDUs: 7
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