Handling Unrealistic Project Schedules—Online

Understand Why Unrealistic Schedules Occur, and Prevent Them on Your Projects

Do your schedules seem to be workable during planning, but fall apart during execution? Have you ever struggled to get management buy-in on a schedule that is based in reality? Has your boss given you a project deadline you believe is completely unrealistic? There are proven techniques used by experience PMs for handling common scheduling problems on projects, and in just 8 hours you can learn them!

During this self-directed e-Learning course, students will learn to gather all data necessary to set up a realistic schedule model, follow sound practices to prevent the most common project scheduling issues, and explore options and trade-offs to develop an optimal project schedule. Students will also review the process of obtaining management approval for a realistic schedule, using a range of methods to control a schedule while the work is being done—and learn to identify and implement practical solutions to common schedule problems during a project.
 

This online course includes the following features:

  • A 7-section interactive tutorial.
  • Downloadable forms and templates.
  • Course weblog for sharing ideas with other students.
  • 7 video clips and 34 interactive exercises.
  • 8 Contact Hours or PDUs.

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

  1. Gather all data necessary to set up a realistic schedule model.
  2. Follow sound practices to prevent the most common project scheduling issues.
  3. Explore options and trade-offs to develop an optimal project schedule.
  4. Obtain management approval of a realistic schedule.
  5. Use a range of methods to control a schedule while the work is being done.
  6. Identify and implement practical solutions to common schedule problems during a project.

The course is organized into the following sections:

  • Lesson 1: Overview of Unrealistic Schedules
    • Introduction
    • Why are unrealistic schedules so common?
    • Schedule problems appear early
    • Unrealistic schedules lead to…
    • What makes a good schedule?
    • The schedule is your responsibility
    • Planning and controlling the schedule
    • The project management process groups
    • When is scheduling done?
  • Lesson 2: Developing the Schedule Model
    • Follow the process!
    • Review the project charter
    • Create the schedule management plan
    • Define the scope
    • Define the activities
    • Estimate the activity resources
    • Estimate the activity durations
    • Perform risk management
    • Create the schedule model
  • Lesson 3: Optimizing the Schedule
    • Balancing the constraints
    • Analyzing the network diagram
    • Compressing the schedule
    • Modeling the options
    • Allocating the resources
    • Getting team buy-in
  • Lesson 4: Getting the Schedule Approved
    • When you are given a deadline
    • Handling an imposed deadline
    • The approval meeting with management
    • Preparing for the meeting
    • The approval cycle
  • Lesson 5: Controlling the Schedule
    • Use metrics to measure performance
    • Identify variances
    • Perform earned value management
    • Take preventive and corrective action
    • Talk to team members
    • Manage the change control process
    • Use reports to manage stakeholders' expectations
  • Lesson 6: Course Wrap-up
    • Putting it all together
    • Seven real-world scheduling problems
    • Exercise: Handling changes
    • Exercise: Mini-scenarios
    • Blog: Your scheduling solutions
    • Your action plan
    • Wrap-up quiz
    • Congratulations!
Review Common Scheduling Problems and Solutions

Review Common Scheduling
Problems and Solutions

Learn Using Analysis and Case Studies

Learn Using Analysis
and Case Studies

Practice with Real World Scheduling Scenarios

Practice with Real World
Scheduling Scenarios

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Price: $199
PDUs: 8
Duration: 30 Days
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