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Estimating, Scheduling and Managing Project Performance

The elements of the planning phase of a project are critical to its execution and control. Through case studies and hands-on practice, take an in-depth look at each step involved in estimating time, resources and costs for budgeting and project scheduling. Plus, learn how to accurately track performance throughout the project’s lifecycle using the valuable metrics.

This course can be applied to the Project Management Certificate.

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Start projects on an optimistic note, with better estimates and keep them on schedule
  • Develop earned-value management metrics to measure performance
  • Have your projects come in on schedule
  • Gain immediate results to take back to your daily applications
  • Collaborate with others on real-world situations and gain immediate solutions to take back to your workplace.

Course Outline/Topics

Seminar Outline

Estimating

  • Assessing a project charter prior to creating estimates
  • What’s involved in estimating time
  • Scheduled and unscheduled duration
  • Effort
  • Defining the role of the work breakdown structure in estimating
  • Estimating duration using weighted average estimating
  • Estimating and calculating effort
  • Linking a work breakdown structure to resources and costs
  • Connecting a work breakdown structure to estimated duration, scheduled duration and effort
  • Customizing Microsoft Project® to ensure estimates are accurate
  • Estimating non-HR costs

Scheduling

  • Creating a project roadmap (aka the schedule)
  • Types of dependencies when ordering tasks
  • Scheduling reality check
  • Types of dependencies between tasks
  • Constraints on the schedule
  • Types of constraints on start and finish dates
  • Selecting the type of constraint to use on the schedule
  • Using scheduling diagrams: Activity on Node Network Diagram, Gantt Chart, PERT Chart
  • Identifying predecessor and successor tasks for a project
  • Understanding critical path: what it is, where it is, why should I bother and how will I know it is calculated correctly
  • Scheduling resources
  • Resource leveling
  • How to calculate a productive day
  • Eight types of resource loading on the task
  • Determining if resources are over-committed and what to do about it
  • Baselining the schedule to measure progress

Performance To Date

  • Determining the types of performance to track at the beginning of a project: actuals, progress to date, stoplight reports and summary reports
  • Tracking and reconciling actuals against the estimates and the schedule
  • Interpreting a schedule stoplight report
  • What to do when the project is in trouble
  • Fast tracking a project
  • Crashing a project
  • How to decide which course of action to take
  • Interpreting and taking action on a project summary report

I really enjoyed the case study and group projects in Jackie’s class.

— Joel LaMalfa, Capital Datat Inc., 2015

Mon.-Tue., Sept. 14-15

8:30am-4:30pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: Jackie Ramin PMP

Fee: $845

CEUs: 1.4, PDUs: 14

Program Number: 5025-8014

Registration Deadline: Mon., Sept. 14

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Online, course available Oct. 19-Nov. 13

Location: Online

Instructor: Barbara Farmerie MBA, PMP

Fee: $845

CEUs: 1.4, PDUs: 14

Program Number: 5025-8558

Registration Deadline: Mon., Oct. 19

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Mon.-Tue., Feb. 22-23, 2016

8:30am-4:30pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: Jackie Ramin PMP

Fee: $845

CEUs: 1.4, PDUs: 14

Program Number: 5025-8635

Registration Deadline: Mon., Feb. 22, 2016

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Online, course available Apr. 18-May 13, 2016

Location: Online

Instructor: Barbara Farmerie MBA, PMP

Fee: $845

CEUs: 1.4, PDUs: 14

Program Number: 5025-8608

Registration Deadline: Mon., Apr. 18, 2016

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