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Effective Project Scheduling Techniques

April 4, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT

Course Overview

What are the consequences to your project if the schedule is incorrect? How confident in the completion date would you be, given that most project schedules contain errors that greatly reduced the schedule accuracy and value? This course covers the critical skills necessary to create a correct project schedule that contains tasks and resources.


This one-day course covers the critical skills necessary to create a correct project schedule that contains tasks and resources. Topics include a brief review of scheduling fundamentals, types of schedules, estimating work and duration, checking a schedule for mistakes, and keeping your project on track. This course includes practical exercises using hand-outs, but participants who bring their laptop will have the option of doing the exercises on their computer. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Effectively use Precedence Diagramming and the Critical Path Method
  • Describe and use the types of task relationships
  • Describe the proper use of constraints
  • Explain the relationship between duration, work and availability, and how picking the task type effects schedule calculations
  • Use good scheduling practices to avoid the most common scheduling mistakes
  • Debug a project schedule
  • Describe the procedure that should be followed when preparing a project schedule


This course is intended for Project Managers, IT Managers, Business Analysts and others who are responsible for creating and modifying project schedules and use of scheduling software.


Knowledge Review Quiz

Review Scheduling Fundamentals and Common Scheduling Mistakes

  • Scheduling Processes
  • Relationship Types
  • Critical Path Method
  • Understanding and Using Float
  • Scheduling Best Practices

Exercise: Prepare Project Summary Schedule

Types of Schedules and When Used

  • Milestone Schedule
  • Summary Schedule
  • Detailed Schedule
  • Exercise: Create a Milestone Schedule

Project Tasks Duration

  • Estimating Time Duration
  • Duration Calculations
  • Use of Buffers

Exercise: Arrange Schedule Tasks and Determine Duration

Debug a Schedule

  • Exercise: Find the Mistakes in a Project Schedule
  • Class debrief

Keeping Your Project on Track

  • Crashing
  • Fast Tracking
  • Resource Leveling

Earn: 7 PDUs through PMCenters USA


This course addresses the following knowledge areas of the Project Management Institute’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge:

  • Project Scope Management
  • Project Time Management


April 4, 2018
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Joseph A. Lukas

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