Creating the project schedule at the beginning of a project is not a guarantee of how the project will progress and spending the planned time on activities is no guarantee that the planned amount of work has actually been completed.
Many things will conspire to invalidate the plan including: project team members being unavailable when needed or leaving the project for other opportunities, technologies may work better or worse than expected, changes in scope may be approved, and so on.
Unrealistic project schedules on the other hand lead to ineffective decision making and failed projects. To create realistic project schedules requires the project team to work collaboratively to create a project schedule which they understand and will support.
Basing the project schedule on the project’s Work Breakdown Schedule is a core technique which provides credibility to the activities included in the schedule. Knowing and understanding the concept of critical path management is one of the first steps in effectively managing a project and making the necessary adjustments required to bring the project to a successful completion.
During this 4 part webinar series, you will learn project scheduling techniques for:
- Incorporating contingency reserves and understanding impacts from multitasking
- Build REALISTIC schedules using multi-point estimating techniques
- knowing how the critical path supports what-if project analysis
- Protect the project’s critical path and consider decisions for corrective and preventive actions to ensure deadlines are met
- Using earned value concepts to monitor the project progress and forecast the project completion
All webinars in this series align to the PMI Talent Triangle – Technical