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About This Course
What you will learn
  • Define and create a Work Breakdown Structure.
  • Identify and understand task relationships.
  • Estimate task durations and determine project duration.
  • Construct a network diagram.
  • Calculate the critical path of a project.

  • Use the Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT) to create estimates.
  • Plan for risks.
  • Create a communication plan.
  • Effectively allocate project resources.
  • Update and monitor the project schedule

Study Effective Planning and Scheduling Online Course and Learn How To Use Planning And Scheduling Tools

Unlock the secrets of effective planning with our comprehensive Effective Planning and Scheduling course, designed to help you master the art of creating accurate schedules and managing projects efficiently. At Courses for Success, we understand the importance of planning skills in today's fast-paced business environment and have developed this training program to help professionals excel in their project management roles.

Creating an accurate schedule is more of an art than a science. However, there are some tools and techniques that you can use to be as precise as possible. This course will introduce you to the most commonly used tools and show you how to apply them to everyday scenarios. We recommend that you complete “Intermediate Project Management” before beginning this course.

This course will teach you how to use a variety of planning and scheduling tools, including the work breakdown structure, network diagrams, program evaluation and review technique (PERT), and Gantt charts. You will also learn how to properly estimate time, schedule resources, identify task dependencies, manage risks, communicate your schedule, and keep the schedule updated.

About the course

Our planning and scheduling course covers a wide range of topics, including aligning resources with activities, estimating activity durations, identifying task dependencies, and using planning and scheduling tools to create a viable schedule. By enrolling in our training course, you'll learn how to effectively allocate project resources, estimate time, and monitor the project schedule to ensure successful completion.

Throughout the course, you'll explore various techniques such as critical path analysis, resource breakdown structures, and network diagrams to help you determine project duration and manage your projects more effectively. Our course also delves into risk management, communication strategies, and change management to equip you with a well-rounded skill set.

In addition to honing your planning and execution abilities, our training programs also address other essential aspects of project management, such as leadership skills, time management, and uncertainty and risk management. This comprehensive approach ensures that you'll be well-equipped to handle various challenges in your professional life.

Upon successfully completing this course, you'll receive a certificate of completion that showcases your newfound expertise in effective planning and scheduling. This valuable credential will not only enhance your professional profile but also demonstrate your commitment to personal growth and development.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to boost your management skills and advance your career with our Effective Planning and Scheduling course. Enroll today and take the first step towards mastering the art of project management! Join the thousands of satisfied students who have taken their careers to new heights through our popular courses and professional development programs.

Effective Planning and Scheduling Online Course - Requirements

The Effective Planning and Scheduling Course is delivered 100 percent online 24/7.

To successfully complete this course, a student must:

      Have access to the internet and the necessary technical skills to navigate the online learning resources

      Have access to any mobile device with internet connectivity (laptop, desktop, tablet)

      Be a self-directed learner

      Possess sound language and literacy skills

Quick Course Facts

  1. Course content is structured for easy comprehension

  2. Registered students gain unrestricted access to the Effective Planning and Scheduling Course

  3. All course material is available online 24/7 and can be accessed using any device

  4. Study online from anywhere in your own time at your own pace

  5. All students who complete the course will be awarded with a certificate of completion

Benefits of taking this course

Boost your project management capabilities with our effective planning and scheduling course, designed to teach you the essentials of planning skills and help you excel in your professional endeavors. Our planning courses cover a wide range of topics to ensure that you have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of project planning.

Throughout the course, you'll learn how to estimate task durations, identify task dependencies, and use planning and scheduling tools to create accurate project timelines. By mastering these techniques, you'll be able to effectively allocate project resources, monitor the project schedule, and ensure successful project completion.

Our scheduling online course delves into various aspects of project management, including estimating activity durations, identifying tasks, and using the evaluation and review technique to analyze and optimize your project plans. You'll also gain insights into initiating and planning projects, managing information security and information systems, and ensuring health and safety compliance within your organization.

Designed for both beginners and intermediate project management professionals, our course focuses on developing your leadership skills and enhancing your overall management planning abilities. Our engaging learning objectives are tailored to help you achieve your career goals and become a more effective project manager.

Effective Planning and Scheduling Online Course Outline

Gathering resources, organizing people, spending money effectively, and arranging work in the most efficient manner possible are all part of effective planning and scheduling. It's all a balancing act, but it's not as complicated as it appears.

Session 1: Course Overview

We all know how difficult it is to precisely estimate the duration of a project as project managers and leaders, but it is exactly what is asked of us on a regular basis. Because there isn't one, this course will not reveal the secret to making an accurate schedule.

Learning Objectives:

      Define and create a Work Breakdown Structure.

      Identify and understand task relationships.

      Estimate task durations and determine project duration.

      Construct a network diagram.

      Calculate the critical path of a project.

      Use the Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT) to create estimates.

      Plan for risks.

      Create a communication plan.

      Effectively allocate project resources.

      Update and monitor the project schedule.

Topics to be discussed include:

      Pre-Assignment

Session 2: Projects and Schedules

We'll only spend a few minutes going over some basic principles before moving on to the bones and bolts of planning and scheduling because you've already had some project experience. You'll learn how to define projects and why scheduling is so important to your success in this course.

Topics to be discussed include:

      Making Connections

Session 3: The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

Some people appreciate the fact that each endeavor has a clear beginning and end. Others see it as an opportunity to make a great impact. You'll learn about the work breakdown structure and how it can help you with your project in this lesson.

What is a Work Breakdown Structure?

A Work Breakdown Structure breaks down the milestones into the tasks that must be completed in order to reach each one. A Work Breakdown Structure, also known as a Product Breakdown Structure, is a method of breaking down big jobs into smaller tasks or specific components.

Topics to be discussed include:

      Sample WBS

      The Role of a Work Breakdown Structure

      Creating a Work Breakdown Structure

      Steps for Creating the Work Breakdown Structure

      Types of Work Breakdown Structure Diagrams: Deliverable-Based

      Types of Work Breakdown Structure Diagrams: Activity-Based

      Types of Work Breakdown Structure Diagrams: Deliverable/Activity-Based

      Work Breakdown Structure Formats

      Indented List

      Spreadsheet

      Organizational Chart

      Work Breakdown Structure Numbering

      Sample Numbering

      What is a Work Breakdown Structure Dictionary?

      Samples

      Work Breakdown Structure Exercise

Session 4: Estimating Activity Durations

You'll learn how to appraise your project and estimate time effectively in this course.

Estimating Tips and Techniques

When putting out an estimate, the most important thing to remember is to mention all assumptions and aspects that you evaluated. The reviewer will be able to see the assumptions and parameters you used in your calculations, as well as a base for comparing estimates.

Topics to be discussed include:

      Sample Spreadsheet

      Gathering Resources

      Activity List

      Resources

      Estimating Activity Durations

      Tips for Increasing Estimation Accuracy

Session 5: Camping Case Study

It's such a delight to get away from the city's rush and bustle and go somewhere quiet and peaceful. You'll finish a case study in this session that applies the WBS and estimating elements to a camping trip.

Topics to be discussed include:

      Camping Case Study

Session 6: Identifying Task Dependencies

We're discussing things in the context of project management and how activities can be interdependent. You'll learn about task dependencies and relationships, as well as how to apply them to the project schedule, in this course.

About Task Dependencies

We know what activities must be completed to finish the project at this point in the project plan, and we've determined how long each activity or job will take to accomplish. The order (or sequence) in which actions must be accomplished is the next thing we must grasp.

Topics to be discussed include:

      Washing a Car

      Key Questions

      Dependency Definitions

      Task Dependency Types

      FS: Finish-to-Start

      SF: Start-to-Finish

      FF: Finish to Finish

      Case Study: Trip to New York

Session 7: Aligning Resources with Activities

The list of resources for your project might quickly grow vast and cumbersome as you consider them. Another important part of success is having a system in place to keep everything organized and on track. You'll learn about resources and the stages of resource scheduling in this webinar. In order to grasp the principles, you will also perform a case study.

Definitions

Any people, machinery, money, facilities, and material required to finish a project, according to the Project Management Body of Knowledge reference. Human bodies are commonly thought of as resources, yet they encompass much more. A piece of production equipment, a budget, a sheet of chipboard, or an accounting colleague are all examples of resources.

Topics to be discussed include:

      Resource Breakdown Structure

      Sample Resource Breakdown Structure

      Creating the Resource Breakdown Structure

      Availability and Skills, Part One

      Availability and Skills, Part Two

      Availability and Skills, Part Three

      Resource Calendars

      Stages of Resource Scheduling

      Definition

      Allocation

      Aggregation

      Leveling

      Considering the Constraints

      Resource Turnover

      Case Study: Planning an Outdoor Concert

      Task Two

      Task Three

Session 8: Project Planning

One of the most admirable aspects of project management is the care with which it has been developed. You have access to technologies and procedures that other industries lust over. You will learn about network diagrams, CPM, PERT, and Gantt charts in this webinar.

Network Diagrams

Network diagrams show activities, their precedence linkages, and the order (series or parallel) in which the tasks can be done. The usage of nodes and arrows illustrates the precedence relationships. The two types of network diagrams are activity on node (AoN) and activity on arrow (AoA).

Topics to be discussed include:

      About Activity on Node Diagrams

      Sample Activity on Node Diagram

      About Activity on Arrow Diagrams

      Critical Path Method

      Sample Project

      Creating a Network Diagram

      Starting Network Diagram

      Perform Forward Pass through Network

      Perform Backward Pass through Network

      Determine Slack

      Establish the Critical Path

      Critical Path Exercise

      Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT)

      The PERT Formula

      Creating Time Estimates

      Making Connections

      The Value of PERT

      About Gantt Charts

      Sample Gantt Chart One

      Sample Gantt Chart Two

      Gantt Chart Exercise

Session 9: Scheduling Software

There is lots of software available to support your project management work, as there is with so many things. Access to software can be beneficial in a variety of ways. You'll learn about some of the ways scheduling software can help you plan and schedule effectively in this session.

Choosing the Right Tools

When it comes to scheduling, the scale of your project usually dictates the tools you'll need. An Excel spreadsheet will generally enough for setting the timeline, monitoring action items and deliverables, and managing resources if the project is modest and controllable.

Topics to be discussed include:

      How Do You Know What Software is Best For You?

      Open Workbench

      Microsoft Project

Session 10: Uncertainty and Risk Management

Effective planning and scheduling, as well as the use of your project management skills and experience, will help to reduce uncertainty and risk. Our goal is to identify and mitigate risk before something goes wrong. You'll go over an introduction to risk management planning and go over the pre-assignment in this session.

About Risk Management

Effective planning and scheduling, as well as the use of your project management skills and experience, will help to mitigate risk and reduce uncertainty. Our goal is to identify and mitigate risk before something goes wrong. You'll go over an introduction to risk management planning and go over the pre-assignment in this session.

Topics to be discussed include:

      Sample Risk Register

      Risk Management Planning

      Identification of Risk

      Quantification of Risk

      Responding to Risk

      Monitoring and Controlling Risk

      Mini Case Study

      Pre-Assignment Review

Session 11: Communication Strategies

Your ability to communicate, as well as that of the rest of the project team, can make or break a project. We'll look at communication in this session, paying special attention to our goals and approaches. To round off the session, we'll do a useful activity.

About Communication

The most crucial aspect of every project is communication. A critical piece of documentation called a communication plan must be established to help overcome hurdles and minimize surprises as a project progress. Typically, communication strategies are created at the start of a project.

Topics to be discussed include:

      Purpose

      Information Required

      Frequency

      Method

      Tips for Successful Communication

      Team Members

      Project Stakeholders

      Project Team

      Other Special Target Groups/End Users

      Cross-Functional Teams

      Communication Exercise

Session 12: Creating a Viable Schedule

Some of us appear to have our days planned down to the minute. This makes it difficult to respond to emergencies as well as those tiny tasks that, when taken together, take up a lot of our time. You'll get right to the heart of scheduling in this session. We'll also talk about common scheduling issues and how to solve them.

Topics to be discussed include:

      Creating a Schedule

      Common Scheduling Problems (Part One)

      Common Scheduling Problems (Part Two)

Session 13: Updating and Monitoring the Schedule

You're now ready to throw things into high gear and start working on the project. Planning and scheduling, on the other hand, will still be required. You'll learn about schedule updates and monitoring in this lesson to keep everything nicely knit together.

Schedule Updates