Workshop Overview

Attendees will demonstrate the principles of project scheduling, from simple forward pass and early dates to advanced use of constraints, resources, calendars, statusing, baseline control and earned value. They will show methods of schedule problem diagnoses and discover scheduling abuses to avoid. They will apply these skills using classroom exercises. This is a course in principles and is a prerequisite to learning any scheduling software package. Attendees will then discover the concepts of project schedule risk analysis from simple Monte Carlo simulation to more advanced techniques (e.g., correlation, probabilistic branching and conditional branching). They will show these principles on classroom exercises using manual techniques or popular software programs. They will be able to present the issues and techniques for collecting high-quality quantitative risk analysis data. This course covers the Time Management knowledge area and the Quantitative Schedule Risk Analysis process of the Risk Management knowledge areas of the PMBOKĀ® Guide. The attendees will complete several case studies by hand, each illustrating in simple terms an important principle just presented. Screens from Microsoft Project present the principles so the attendees can return to their desks and implement the case studies on their software.

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Key Benefits of Attending

  • Find out how much contingency of time would be needed as opposed to relying on a project schedule alone
  • Determine how much contingency of cost including the impact of schedule on cost is needed
  • Understand the basics of scheduling compliant with best practices and to identify scheduling problems needing attention
  • Learn why the Risk Register is usually incomplete and how to complete it using confidential risk interviews
  • Learn about Monte Carlo simulation and how to interpret the results of a simulation
  • Learn the benefits of using the Risk Drivers method to model the effect of root cause risks on the schedule
  • Learn how to prioritize the risks to prepare for the risk mitigation workshop
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Who Should Attend

  • Project Control Managers
  • Scheduling Mangers
  • Risk Managers
  • Cost Estimators