Improving Project Estimating—Online

Increase the Accuracy of Your Time and Resource Estimates

Are time and cost estimates for your projects rarely accurate? Do you have trouble identifying WHY your estimates never hold up? Do you need real-world techniques for estimating time and cost on your projects? If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, this self-directed e-Learning course can help you find real-world solutions to your project estimating problems!

This course will outline best practices, processes, and tools project managers can use to make sure they generate quality estimates for every project. Students will be guided through identifying common issues that prevent PMs from generating good estimates, and will also learn HOW to estimate, as well as exactly WHAT needs to be estimated. The course will review best practices for estimating time and resources, and outline different types of costs that need to be included in a project estimate.

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The course includes the following instructional design features:

  • A 7-section interactive tutorial.
  • 8+ hours of instruction.
  • Over 120 audio & video clips.
  • 50 interactions and exercises.
  • A downloadable Action Plan notebook.
  • A course weblog for sharing ideas with other students.
  • 8 Contact Hours or PDUs.

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

  1. Accurately estimate time and cost on all projects.
  2. Identify everything that needs to be considered during estimating, including commonly missed items.
  3. Develop solutions for specific estimating problems.
  4. Set up repeatable estimating processes and practices for all projects.

The course is organized into the following sections:

  • Lesson 1: Overview of Estimating
    • What is good estimating?
    • Your estimating tricks
    • Your estimating problems
    • The 6 most common estimating problems
    • What needs to be estimated? (Resources, duration, costs, profit)
    • Your project costs
  • Lesson 2: Preparing to Estimate
    • The project management process
    • When is estimating done?
    • What is needed to estimate?
      • Project charter
      • Project scope statement
      • Work breakdown structure
      • Network diagram
      • Involve the team
      • Risk management
  • Lesson 3: Fundamental Estimating Techniques
    • Top-down estimating
    • Bottom-up estimating
    • How to estimate in a range
    • Analogous estimating
    • Parametric estimating
    • Relative sizing
    • Three-point estimating
  • Lesson 4: Estimating Processes and Best Practices
    • Understand the project priority
    • Use historical records
    • Ask probing questions
    • Prevent padding
    • Follow a standard process
    • Use an estimating form
    • Document the assumptions
    • Look for efficiencies
    • Do a sanity check
    • Manage changes
    • Educate and mentor stakeholders
  • Lesson 5: Advanced Estimating Techniques
    • Reserve analysis
    • Modeling and simulation
    • Re-estimating
    • Independent estimates
    • Delphi technique
    • Timeboxing
    • Planning poker
  • Lesson 6: Course Wrap-up
    • Estimating situations
    • Wrap-up quiz
    • Your Action Plan
Independent Estimates

Independent Estimates

The Padding Game

The Padding Game

Exercise: Planning Poker

Exercise: Planning Poker

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E-learning courses are designed to be used on a desktop browser with:

  • Adobe Flash® player 8 or later.
  • Javascript and Cookies enabled.
  • Pop-ups allowed.
  • Broadband connection (recommended 512 kbps or higher).
  • Intel® Pentium® II 450MHz, AMD Athlon™ 600MHz or faster processor (or equivalent).
  • MS Windows XP or later, Mac OS 10+.
  • Video adapter and monitor with Super VGA.
  • 1024 x 768 or higher screen resolution.

FOR MOBILE AND TABLET USERS: Our courses may play on some mobile and tablet devices, however, the course(s) interactions, exercises and media may not work as intended on these mobile devices. RMC recommends that you review the sample lesson for the course you intend to purchase prior to registering, to verify compatibility with your environment.

FOR WORK ENVIRONMENTS: Our streaming media uses Protocol RTMP on ports 1935, 443 and 80. If you are having trouble using our courses through a firewall at work, please let your System Administrator know these ports must be enabled for streaming media.

TECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Please note that RMC is in the process of updating all e-learning courses from an Adobe Flash platform to an HTML5 platform. Courses that have already been converted will have a technical specification that differs from the one above.

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Price: $199
PDUs: 8
Duration: 30 Days
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