Developing an Effective CPM Schedule


Overview and Learning Objectives.

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This workshop focuses on how to develop an effective schedule in any software tool.

Attendees will understand the importance of implementing effective schedule planing and control techniques in a structured way that directly involves the project stakeholders. Mosaic's Five-Step approach to scheduling is designed to build and maintain a positive stakeholder consensus and uses the power of pro-active scheduling to build and foster a strong team commitment and create successful project or program outcomes.

Who should attend: Project and program managers, PMO staff, project controls staff and engineers, schedulers and project team members.

Attendees will be provided with comprehensive course notes and templates to help 'plan the planning'.

Training

Course Outline

  • Design and Structure your Road Map:
    • Basic framework of a schedule:
      Purpose = communication,
      Optimum update cycle,
      Role of the scheduler.
    • Activities & Milestones:
      Milestones,
      Attributes of an activity.
    • Logic Links:
      Rules of logic,
      Link types,
      Leads and Lags,
      Problems with links.
    • Schedule Design:
      Planning -v- scheduling,
      Heuristics size,
      Schedule Levels,
      What-if scenarios.
  • Analyse the Schedule:
    • Basic calculations:
      Forward Pass, Back Pass,
      Integers -v- elapsed time.
    • Free Float & Total Float:
      Calculations,
      Definitions,
      Using float wisely.
    • Uncertainty:
      PERT and Monte Carlo,
      Probability and contingency,
      Logic and Duration issues.
  • Resources and Tools:
    • What is a resource:
      Costs & capability,
      Stakeholder / team member.
    • Resource levelling:
      Smoothing,
      Resource levelled schedule.
    • Resource problems:
      Motivation & productivity,
      Schedule compression.
    • Scheduling tools and methods:
      ADM / PDM / PERT,
      History of scheduling,
      Software tools.
  • Maintaining the Schedule:
    • Schedule baselines.
    • Updating the schedule.
    • Reporting options.
    • Data management:
      Version control,
      Change management.
    • Allied processes and options.

This workshop is available in one and two day options:

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Workshop Details

These intensive workshops lay out the basis for an effective planning and scheduling practice. This course is consistent with the Guide to Good Practice in the Management of Time in Complex Projects, the PMI Practice Standard for Scheduling and the PMBOK® Guide.

The workshops focus on the importance of implementing effective schedule planing and control techniques in a structured way that directly involves the project stakeholders. They are designed for people who already know how to use a scheduling tool and wish to move their practice to a more advanced level focused on achieving positive outcomes. The ideas and practices discussed during this practical workshop are applicable to any schedule, developed using any software tool, to provide a framework that today’s schedulers can use to build their careers; and that project, program, PMO, and other senior managers can use to improve the scheduling practice within their organisations. All workshop attendees will be provided with a course workbook and references to an extensive library of papers to assist planners and schedulers develop their skills, and the managers of planners and schedulers appreciate the direct linkage between ‘good scheduling’ practice and the successful delivery of any project or program.

The contents of this workshop are aligned with:

The workshop can be customised to develop a project schedule for a specific project or program of work.

Modules and Options

How to develop an effective schedule – 1 Day Workshop: Designed for project schedulers and their managers. This workshop will introduce trainees to the concepts and processes involved in developing an effective project schedule, and using the schedule to help deliver successful project outcomes. At its conclusion, trainees will have a solid grounding in the processes and benefits of effective planning and scheduling.  The basic workshop is software independent, course variants are available for a range of scheduling tools and industries either as an additional day or incorporated within the workshop. Download the 1 Day Course Plan.

How to develop an effective schedule – 2 Day Workshop: Designed for project schedulers and their managers. This workshop expands on the 1-Day basic workshop to provide coverage of a wide range of project time management issues and aspects. At its conclusion, trainees will have a solid grounding in the processes and benefits of effective planning and scheduling. Download the 2 day Course Plan

Planning and Control – Facilitated Project Workshop: Designed to kick start a new project particularly where the team is either relatively new to project management or the project is operating in a cross-functional and/or new business area. The workshop involves the team for 2 to 4 days (usually with a break) plus pre-workshop and post-workshop consultancy. At the end of the workshop, the project team will have a good understanding of the 5-STEPS process of schedule development, their project, and a completed project schedule (including scope, resources and risks defined) ready to start managing for success. This is a powerful team building exercise that contributes directly to the success of the project.

Earned Value for Added Control – 1 Day Classroom delivery: This one day module can be added to any of the above training courses. See EV Training for Details

PMI-SP Training Course: This one day workshop can provide a valuable foundation prior to undertaking our PMI-SP training course. See more on our PMI-SP Training course.


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PDUs and AIPM CPD Points.

PMI PDUs. Attendees at Mosaic's project management workshops earn 1 PDU per hour of teaching time (typically 6 PDUs per day). The breakdown of PDUs across the PMI Talent Triangle® depends on the modules selected for inclusion in the course - the PDUs to be earned are agreed during the course design phase and are included on your individual course attendance certificates. See more on the PMI Talent Triangle®

AIPM CPD. Attendees at Mosaic's project management workshops earn points based on the AIPM CPD points table current at the date of the course, currently you earn 2 points per hour to a maximum of 20 per course (B08 - Knowledge): see more on the AIPM website.

Other CPD requirements. Mosaic retains details of courses and attendees to support CPD claims in most organisations and we are happy to work with you to ensure you can claim your entitlements.