Project Management Fundamentals - The Art of Scheduling

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If you're new to project scheduling, or want to improve your scheduling skills, this course will give you what you need to be successful. We'll begin by examining what project scheduling is and looking at the components that go into a schedule. Then I'll guide you through identifying the work that needs to be done, estimating time and cost, and putting tasks into the right order. I'll describe how to build a project team and assign resources to tasks. I'll also provide tips for working with part-time workers and remote teams. We'll explore ways to fine-tune the schedule to balance people's workloads. Finally, we'll go over methods for managing a schedule to deliver what's important and keep the project on-track from start to finish. Managing a project schedule successfully requires a well-stocked toolbox. I'll introduce you to these tools and show you how to use them in managing project schedules.

You learn all that plus these amazing topic:

  • What You Need to Know Before Starting
  • Showcase of The Project Schedule
  • Using the Exercise Files
  • An Overview of Project Scheduling
  • Components of A Project Schedule
  • Identifying the Work That Needs to Be Done
  • Organizing Work with Summary Tasks
  • Adding Milestones
  • Estimating Time and Cost
  • Putting Tasks into The Right Order
  • Delaying or Overlapping Tasks with Lag and Lead Time
  • Setting Specific Dates
  • Balancing Resource Assignment Variables
  • Planning Resources at A High Level
  • Procuring Resources
  • Assigning Resources That Are Available
  • Working with Part Time Workers and Teams
  • Working with Remote Teams
  • Fine Tuning the Schedule for Resources
  • Determining the Critical Path
  • Putting the Critical Path to Work
  • Lengthening Delaying and Splitting Assignments
  • Adjusting the Level of Work Over Time
  • Replacing Overallocated Resources
  • Adding Buffers to The Schedule
  • Adding A Baseline to The Schedule
  • Proactively Managing a Schedule
  • Finding Schedule Problems
  • Reducing Scope

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Introduction
Introduction
If you're new to project scheduling, or want to improve your scheduling skills, this course will give you the basics. We'll begin by examining what project scheduling is and looking at the components that go into a schedule. Then I'll guide you through identifying the work that needs to be done, estimating time and cost, and putting tasks into the right order. I'll describe how to build a project team and assign resources to tasks.
Pre Requisites
To give you a broad overview of scheduling, I've used a Sample Project to show a schedule from start to finish. The Sample Project used throughout this course is an employee orientation training project for a midsize company. Business is booming and the company is planning to hire a lot of new people. To get these folks on board and productive as quickly as possible, the executive team has approved the employee orientation training project. The executive team has set a deadline of January 1st for the employee handbook, an HR website and live training. The project may include the development of orientation videos if the schedule and budget will allow.
Course Project
"To give you a broad overview of scheduling, I've used a Sample Project to show a schedule from start to finish. The Sample Project used throughout this course is an employee orientation training project for a midsize company. Business is booming and the company is planning to hire a lot of new people. To get these folks on board and productive as quickly as possible, the executive team has approved the employee orientation training project. The executive team has set a deadline of January 1st for the employee handbook, an HR website and live training. The project may include the development of orientation videos if the schedule and budget will allow.
The Exercise Files
These exercise files include sample files for the project showcased in this course, along with other files that help you schedule projects.
Project Scheduling 101
Understanding project scheduling
Project Scheduling
Managing project schedules is a lot like making soup. You gather ingredients while figuring out what the project is about. Toss them into a big pot as you build the schedule. Adjust the seasoning to get workloads, dates, and costs right. Then you watch the schedule as it cooks, and make adjustments until the work's completed and the project goal is achieved. The primary reason you build a project schedule is to identify what things have to get done and when. A project schedule also shows how all the pieces of the project fit together. That way the people working on the project see how their work affects others.
Project Schedule Components
Now let's look at the ingredients that go into a project schedule. Tasks are the foundation of a schedule. They represent the work that has to be done to deliver the project's results. So the project isn't done until all its tasks are done. Time Estimates are a big part of the schedule, because they help determine how long tasks should take. As you'll see when we discuss assigning resources to tasks, time estimates and resources go hand in hand. You can fine-tune your initial estimates when you find out what resources you have, to work on your project.
The Art of Sequencing Tasks
Getting tasks done in the right order at the right time
Breaking Down the Work
Just about everything on a project runs more smoothly if you start by identifying what work needs to be done and break it down to the right level of detail. For most projects, the best way to identify work is to start at the top with the high level project deliverables and work your way down. First, make a list of the high level deliverables. In our example, the high level deliverables are orientation topic outline, employee handbook, videos, a website and live training.
Summary Tasks
There are three main ways to organize the tasks in your project. By deliverable, by phase or by group. You can choose one approach or a combination of methods based on how you're going to plan and manage your project. Let's take a look at each of the three main methods. Organizing work by deliverable, lends itself to identifying tasks from the top down. You can organize work by the phase in which it occurs. If your project has distinct phases, such as planning, and developing training.
Estimation
When you start planning a project, you need to estimate what it's going to take. Estimating can be tough, but there are ways to make it easier. The first step is to get everyone to agree on the level of accuracy for estimates. There are three levels of accuracy to choose from. You can start with a rough estimate, plus or minus 50%, to see if a project makes sense to pursue. As you get additional details, you can put together more accurate estimates. The second level of estimate is the mid-range estimate. These are usually plus or minus 25%.
Требования
  • A general understanding of project management would be good but is not required
  • A copy of Microsoft project would be good but is not required
Что Вы изучите?
  • How to schedule projects
  • How to work with remote teams
  • How to work with product teams
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Luke Angel
Luke Angel
Sr. Technical Cross Platform Program Manager

Hello!

Thanks for looking at my courses. I am excited to bring you some awesome lessons I have learned along the way. I also love to talk about my favorite products that really help me stay ahead of the curve. I am an Architect, Developer, Product/Project Manger, and humble hustler focusing on building next generation application.

I am currently working as a Sr. Technical Cross Platform Program Manager at a Fortune 500 company building technology-driven marketing solutions with global reach and Netflix scale. I lead teams of developers to new heights by giving top of the line guidance on product deliverables, organizational techniques, and in general kicking butt. I hope you find my courses enjoyable and please contact me if you have any questions or would like any additional content covered that is not in one of the courses.

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