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PM 102 - Project Planning - Create the Plan

Duration: 1 day
Course Price: $450

In this course, dig into the mechanics of planning in order to ensure that your next project is a success. Experiment with the tools used by experts in the field and modify them so that they benefit you. Learn to build a communication plan, schedule with a work-breakdown structure, and keep effort, duration, and resources in mind. This course will also teach you how to use critical path methodology to predict how long a project will take and examine what to do when faced with unexpected delays.

Class Length: Full Day

Outline

  • How to Plan a Successful Project (2 hr session)
    • PM 101: Brief Review
    • Understand Requirements-Gathering Basics
    • Build a Communication Management Plan
    • Create a Mini Action Plan
  • Learn to Create and Maintain a Successful Project Schedule (2 Hr Session)
    • Project Scheduling 101
    • Understand How to Create a Work-Breakdown Structure
    • Create a Mini Action Plan
  • How to Build a Project and Estimate its Duration (2 hr Session)
    • Incorporate an Activity List into Your Project Plan
    • Learn to Estimate Activity Duration and Effort with PERT
    • Explore the Benefits of Network Diagrams and Critical Path Methodology
  • Create an Action Plan

Target Audience

This course will benefit anyone who wants to learn how to plan and schedule projects. It will benefit anyone who does project work, collaborates with project management professionals, or wants to enter the field.

In this course, dig into the mechanics of planning in order to ensure that your next project is a success. Experiment with the tools used by experts in the field and modify them so that they benefit you. Learn to build a communication plan, schedule with a work-breakdown structure, and keep effort, duration, and resources in mind. This course will also teach you how to use critical path methodology to predict how long a project will take and examine what to do when faced with unexpected delays.

Class Length: Full Day

Outline

  • How to Plan a Successful Project (2 hr session)
    • PM 101: Brief Review
    • Understand Requirements-Gathering Basics
    • Build a Communication Management Plan
    • Create a Mini Action Plan
  • Learn to Create and Maintain a Successful Project Schedule (2 Hr Session)
    • Project Scheduling 101
    • Understand How to Create a Work-Breakdown Structure
    • Create a Mini Action Plan
  • How to Build a Project and Estimate its Duration (2 hr Session)
    • Incorporate an Activity List into Your Project Plan
    • Learn to Estimate Activity Duration and Effort with PERT
    • Explore the Benefits of Network Diagrams and Critical Path Methodology
  • Create an Action Plan

Target Audience

This course will benefit anyone who wants to learn how to plan and schedule projects. It will benefit anyone who does project work, collaborates with project management professionals, or wants to enter the field.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites for this course.

Session Topics for the PM 102 Program: Project Planning

  • Reduce the likelihood of project failure or costly rework
  • Understand the Planning Process Group
  • Create a High Level Work Breakdown Structure
  • Learn top-down and bottom-up decomposition approaches
  • Discover the difference between a WBS and a Network diagram
  • Understand the types of relationships and constraints that form the “flow” of project work
  • Learn to lower risk through statistical means using PERT
  • Understand Critical Path Methodology and learn how to calculate the “Critical Path”
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