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Project Management

Schedule Management Professional (PMI-SP) Certification

  • Traditional Classroom: 2-day
  • Virtual Instructor-led: Four 3-hour sessions

Pressures to complete projects on accelerated schedules and the call for innovations to stay ahead of the competition are among the reasons why qualified schedule management professionals are needed on project management teams. Industry practice recognizes the importance and special qualifications needed to be a project schedulers/planner. Effective project scheduling and time management are critical factors in the success or failure of a particular project. As a project scheduler, you must balance scarce resources and deliver under strict deadlines in the face of ever-increasing customer expectations. This course provides you with the skills required to schedule and deliver critical projects on time while helping you prepare for the PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP®) certification and is aligned to the PMBOK® Guide and PMI’s Schedule Management Standard.

Target Audience

Individuals who will benefit from this course include experienced project managers and project schedulers who want to enhance their knowledge and skills in the areas of schedule development and management as well as those interested in obtaining the PMI-SP certification.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the exam process from application procedure to taking the exam.
  • Develop scope of work using various elicitation tools.
  • Construct project network diagrams to identify the sequence of work.
  • Develop schedules and compress them using a variety of methods.
  • Effectively assign resources to build a realistic baseline schedule.
  • Perform schedule analysis and recommend corrective actions to keep the project on track.
  • Build readable and reliable project reports to keep stakeholders informed on progress.

Course Outline

Module 1: Overview of SP Certification
  • Schedule Management Process
  • Understand the SP Exam Process
  • Application Procedure
Module 2: Introduction to Scheduling
  • Establishing a Project Schedule
  • Developing a Scheduling Approach
  • Selecting a Scheduling Tool and Performance
  • Implementing Earned Value Management (EVM)
  • Sample SP Exams
Module 3: Developing a Schedule
  • Developing Scheduling Components (Including Scope, Cost, Quality)
  • Integrating Scheduling Activities with the Overall Project Management Process
  • Objectives and Goals for Project Scheduling
  • The Role of the Scheduler
  • Sample SP Exams
Module 4: Schedule Planning and Development
  • Developing the WBS, OBS, Control Accounts (CA) and Work Packages
  • Engaging and Communicating with Stakeholders
  • Defining Activities and Milestones
  • Scheduling Techniques (Including Three-Point Estimate, Parametric, Analogous)
  • Sequencing Activities and Incorporating Internal, External, and Cross Dependencies
  • Sample SP Exams
Module 5: Presenting the Schedule Model
  • Identifying Critical and Near-Critical Paths
    • Critical Path Method, Critical Chain, PERT, and Monte Carlo Simulation
  • Developing the Resource Breakdown Structure (RBS)
  • Determining Resource Availability
  • Aligning the Schedule with Overall Program Plan(s)
  • Sample SP Exams
Module 6: Schedule Analysis
  • Performing a Schedule Risk Analysis
  • Analysis Using What-If Scenarios
  • Optimizing the Schedule
  • Sample SP Exams
Module 7: Schedule Monitoring and Control
  • Collecting Activity Status
  • Reviewing Project Progress
  • Performing a Schedule Analysis and Audit
  • Incorporating Risk Mitigation Activities
  • Using Change Control Processes
  • Sample SP Exams
Module 8: Stakeholder Communications Management
  • Developing and Fostering Relationships
  • Following a Communications Management Plan
  • Creating and Maintaining Schedule Visibility
  • Gaining Stakeholder Support and Awareness
  • Sample SP Exams
Review and Exam Prep

MDV1080 Course Code

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