Scheduling Best Practices
Scheduling Best Practices
Learn the basic concepts of scheduling by developing project schedules manually, using scheduling best practices as defined by PMI
Microsoft Project 2016
Microsoft Project 2016
Learn how to use MS Project to develop and manage a project schedule and practice those techniques
Expert Guidance From a SME
Expert Guidance From a SME
Receive expert guidance on working with team members, sponsors, and other stakeholders to effectively develop and use the project schedule
Take Away Resources for Troubleshooting
Take Away Resources for Troubleshooting
Receive information and resources for finding and troubleshooting problems with MS Project schedules

– Fundamentals of Scheduling Using Microsoft Project 2016 –

3 Day Course – 24 PDUs

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Student Objectives
A student will have successfully completed the course if he or she:

  • Can use MS Project to develop a schedule that facilitates:
      1. Using resources efficiently
      2. Detecting and resolving schedule problems before they occur
      3. Answering the key questions – where should be, and if we are not there what corrections should we make?
  • Understands the best practices in scheduling as well as the concepts of critical path, float, and resource leveling
  • Can use Microsoft Project to develop a schedule that meets best practices, based on the provided quality checklist
  • Has a path forward for developing, maintaining, and using their own project schedules
  • Can develop a project schedule that is maintainable in less than 4 hours of work in a typical project week
  • Knows how to find additional help when needed

Class Materials
Students will receive the following:

  • Student workbook containing:
      1. Step-by-step instructions on how to set up and maintain a schedule
      2. Reference Guide and Notes
      3. Sample Schedule Management Plan
      4. Troubleshooting tips
      5. Class exercises
  • Class textbook
  • Laminated Microsoft Project Quick Reference Cards
  • Exercise and sample files

Prerequisites
Students should come prepared with the following:

  • Basic knowledge and experience in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Computer and Microsoft Project 2016 Standard or Professional
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Class Outline

Fundamentals of Scheduling
This portion of class consumes most of Day 1. During this section, MS project will not be used. Materials will be presented via PowerPoint presentation and all work will be done manually.

      • Introductions (to the course, the instructor and each other, if applicable)
      • Basic Concepts of Scheduling, including Rolling Wave Planning
      • Developing the Schedule Management Plan
      • Defining Scope (Overview only)
      • Deriving tasks from work packages
      • Sequencing tasks and Estimating Durations
      • Critical path method and schedule analysis
      • Adding and Optimizing Resources
      • Baselining the Schedule
      • Using the Schedule to Monitor Progress

Using Microsoft Project
The remainder of Day 1 and Days 2 – 3 will be hands-on with Microsoft Project, with each task demonstrated by the instructor and practiced by the students. In addition to discussion and Q&A sessions, this section will include exercises for the following:

      • Using the Gantt Chart View
      • Establishing Project Calendars
      • Setting Up a New Project
      • Adding Tasks to a Project
      • Leveling Resources
      • Updating Progress

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