Advanced Project Planning and Control

  • 3 day(s)Duration
  • 2.1 CEU/21 PDU/Credits/Units
  • MDP515aCourse Code
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Course description

This course adds to your fundamental knowledge of project management by teaching you the details of the major contemporary tools and techniques that are used in planning, monitoring, and controlling projects. The appropriate technologies are used to give the participant a "best practices" approach to the effective and efficient management of projects. Your learning is reinforced through a number of practical exercises using case studies and real projects.

Who should attend

This course is designed for professionals who now, or in the future, will be leading or be a part of a project team. This includes project managers, team leaders, persons whose principal responsibility is as a technology contributor but who will be part of project teams, and anyone needing an in-depth knowledge of how to plan and control a project.

To achieve the full benefit of this course, attendees should have either completed the "Principals and Techniques of Project Management" or have a thorough background in the fundamentals of project management as a discipline.

What you will achieve

  • The skill and confidence to use a practical project planning technique.
  • The ability to determine if a project can truly be delivered on time and in budget.
  • An understanding of how to discover the risks necessary to meet a constrained delivery date.
  • The confidence to communicate project "trade-offs" clearly and set attainable goals with clients, managers, and project team members.
  • The knowledge of how to record actual project progress and then use the project baseline to spot and manage variance.
  • The ability to "frame" your questions when analyzing the project plan to spot hidden variances.

What you will learn

Course Outline
Day One
  • Project and Portfolio Management
    • Portfolio, program, and project management overview
    • Planning and control using appropriate life cycle
    • Using gate reviews to manage project risk
    • Managing matrix resources
    • The role of the project manager and skills required
    • A framework for planning and control
    • Exercise: Plan PMBOK® deliverables
  • Project Initiation and Planning
    • Planning and control starts with the project charter
    • Exercise: Rank project using constraints flexibility assessment
    • Roles and responsibility
    • Exercise: Develop a RASCI chart
    • Risk assessment and mitigation
Day Two
  • Organizing and Conducting the Joint Project Planning Session
    • Define the project scope
    • Design the work breakdown structure
    • Identify project activities
    • Exercise: Build a WBS for the case study
  • Estimating Activity Duration, Resource Requirements and Cost
    • Estimating techniques
    • Reserve management
    • Balance effort/duration and allocation
    • Exercise: Determine approach for managing cost and schedule reserves
  • Constructing and Analyzing the Project Network
    • Scheduling techniques
    • Milestones and Gantt charts
    • Network diagrams
    • Exercise: Build a network diagram and use Microsoft® Project to calculate critical path
Day Three
  • Constructing and Analyzing the Project Network (cont.)
    • Applying accelerating techniques
    • Exercise: Compress a project schedule to meet a required completion date
  • Resource Leveling/Scheduling
    • Using Microsoft® Project for finding your schedule bottlenecks
    • Resource scheduling and availability conflict management techniques
    • Exercise: Resolve an over allocation problem using the least risk option
  • Monitor and Control Progress
    • Measuring and reporting progress (project governance)
    • Establishing a project dashboard
    • Exercise: Design a dashboard report
    • Earned value for tracking and forecasting time/cost
    • Closing Exercise: How techniques learned can be applied upon return to the workplace