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Project Management: Scheduling

Project Management: Scheduling Tools & Techniques courses

Scheduling Concepts for Project Managers

Scheduling is a critical competency in project management. Learn how to develop and apply schedules to project activities -- including work breakdown structures and network diagrams -- as well as how to determine critical paths for your own projects. Tuition: $495.


Scheduling is often overlooked or completed haphazardly – but this component remains a critical competency in project management. Schedules allow project team members and stakeholders to understand work start/completion dates, as well as the preferred order of completion for tasks. The absence of a detailed schedule can lead to erroneous status reporting, missed deadlines, and cost overruns. Understanding the basic concepts of how to develop a schedule can help to ensure that accurate dates and predecessor/successor relationships are established for the identified tasks. Good scheduling also supports project managers’ uses of resources, funding, specifications, and time.

Participants will learn how to develop and apply schedules to project activities, including the creation of work breakdown structures and network diagrams. Students will also work to determine the critical paths for their projects. The course will also cover these key skills: estimating, budgeting, monitoring, controlling, and analyzing your project schedule. Applying these key concepts and skills will increase the likelihood of the work being completed on-time, under budget and with minimal rework.

It is highly recommended that students complete Effective Scope Management for Project Managers before completing this course

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Develop a schedule management plan
  • Utilize the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) in develop
  • Estimate task durations and resource requirements
  • Create a Schedule and identify the critical path using the Critical Path Method (CPM)
  • Explain the impact of “Resource Leveling/Smoothing” on the schedule
  • Describe and apply Earned Value Management (EVM) to measure project schedule performance
  • Apply the appropriate techniques to monitor and control the schedule