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Project Schedule Control

Measuring progress consistently is THE challenge for project planners and schedulers. This course is for project managers, planners, schedulers or project controls staff who want to implement more effective methods for monitoring and controlling their project performance. This 12-hour online course with a live instructor is Part 2 of our 5-day program on Project Scheduling and Controls. It prepares participants to interpret progress, understand how to use the critical path and float and introduces earned value.

The instructor is a seasoned project scheduling professional, who has experience in a wide variety of industries and with a number of scheduling software packages (including Microsoft Project and Primavera). Examples used in the course will include construction, IT and telecommunications. In addition to scheduling theory, practitioners’ tips and tricks will be demonstrated.

We continue our tradition of experiential learning, with hands-on exercises, in which participants will use a “live” project and scenarios crafted to simulate “real life” situations to update a schedule, and monitor and report on project performance. Participants will update and analyze a real project schedule, which is best achieved using software; therefore, it is advisable that participants have laptops loaded with scheduling software. Although scheduling software will be discussed and used, we do not teach to any specific scheduling software package. The exercises can be completed on paper if scheduling software is not available, although that typically requires more effort.

Each session is 90 minutes online with your instructor, accompanied by a 30-minute assignment to be completed before the next session. This unique professional level course is aligned with the professional credentials in planning and scheduling: PMI-SP® (Project Management Institute Scheduling Professional) and AACE PSP® (AACE International’s Planning & Scheduling Professional) and will help prepare you for those exams.

Learning Objectives

Participants will gain practical skills to:

  • Recognize key elements of schedule control
  • Set the baseline
  • Identify work progress
  • Measure schedule variance against the baseline
  • Practice earned value calculations on a simple project
  • Evaluate an earned value performance report
  • Identify impacts of delays
  • Continue their preparation for the scheduling examination from PMI or AACE

Who Should Attend

The Project Schedule Control course is appropriate for individuals who:

  • Want to improve their project controls
  • Want to pursue a career in project planning and project controls
  • Want to enhance their resume and marketability
  • Work in a project management environment, in any industry or discipline, and want to increase their scheduling knowledge
  • Want to prepare for the PMI-Scheduling Professional, or the AACE Planning & Scheduling Professional credentials

Prerequisites

  • Project Scheduling Essentials or:
    • University degree or a technology or business diploma. Two years’ experience in a project environment is helpful.
    • An introductory course in project management such as Project Management Essentials.
    • It is a benefit if you have taken an introductory course in scheduling software, such as Microsoft Project Essentials, or have hands-on experience with Microsoft Project or Primavera, or another similar scheduling software tool.

Materials

You will receive a link to a course binder containing a copy of the presentation slides as well as course files in Microsoft Project and Primavera.

What You Will Learn

Updating a Project Schedule
Introductions
Course logistics
Recognizing scheduling games
Schedule reporting & control
Schedule reporting methods
Bar chart update
Assignment: Drawing progress bars

Performance Reporting
Assignment discussion
Analyzing a schedule
Reporting & change control
Performance reporting
Measuring progress
Assignment: Indicating progress on a schedule

Schedule Analysis
Assignment discussion
Obtaining data
Case study update
Schedule analysis
Measuring variance
Assignment: Measure the variances

Introduction to Earned Value
Assignment discussion
Earned value management
Earned value example
Earned value – forecasting tools
Interpreting a sample performance report
Assignment: Earned value exercise

Earned Value and Schedule Control
Assignment discussion
Identifying control accounts
Generating the case study PV curve
Measuring progress of control accounts
Assignment: Using progress methods

Delay Analysis
Assignment discussion
Case study schedule analysis
Change management
Categories of delay
Quantifying delay
Workshop: Quantifying delay
Workshop: Lessons learned