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Planning & Scheduling (Project Management)

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In today's technology-driven, fast-paced business environment, there's no time for missed deadlines or outdated software. Effectively managing multiple projects and tight timelines is critical to your bottom line.

This seminar is based on the core knowledge areas of the Project Management Institute (PMI)®: Scope, Time, Cost and Integration Management - and it will go beyond these core features. It is appropriate for those who know the fundamentals but want to expand their toolkit with new techniques and metrics for planning and scheduling a project.

Learning Objectives and Outcomes

All projects are investments, funded and performed for the value they achieve. In this regard, project managers are responsible for maximizing the return on that investment. Using standard PMBOK® Guide techniques, enhanced by the techniques and metrics of Total Project Control, this seminar explores all the main tools of project scope and schedule development. This seminar is essential for professionals who need to develop project requirements and meet deadlines. At the end of this seminar, attendees will know how to tackle an assigned project: where to start, how to define the work, how to make estimates, and how to lead a team in developing a schedule

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Wisconsin School of Business

Project Management: Planning, Scheduling, and Control

Next dates

Dec 9—11, 2019
3 days
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
USD 2295
USD 765 per day
Jan 27—29, 2020
3 days
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
USD 2295
USD 765 per day
Apr 27—29, 2020
3 days
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
USD 2295
USD 765 per day
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Project managers have much to think about—from project scope to team member dynamics, from schedule to cost constraints, from dealing with executive stakeholders to identifying future state requirements.

This foundation course gives an applied and effective overview of project management and teaches techniques that will help you plan, implement, and complete projects of all sizes with desired results, on time and within budget.

PMBOK® Guide Knowledge Areas Covered in This Course

Time management, cost management, scope management, quality management, risk management, project integration, communication management, and human resource management.

How You Will Benefit

  • Learn how to use a step-by-step, phase based approach for successful projects
  • Complete multiple project tasks on time
  • Improve estimation of project costs, resources, and time
  • Improve your overall project management tracking
  • Manage the scope change that often occurs in projects through special methods, tools, and techniques
  • Assess and improve your current project management system, both the process and software used
  • Effectively initiate, plan, execute, control, and close out projects
  • Apply or customize the UW framework for project management to your organizational needs
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of any successful project manager and review the Project Management Institute (PMI®) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)
  • Immediately apply project management principles back at work


Day 1 - PM Basics, Conceptualization, Initiation, and Planning

  • Course overview
  • Project management basics: types and characteristics of projects, the triple constraints of project management, project management methodologies, waterfall versus iterative methodologies, projects versus programs versus portfolios, and project stakeholders
  • Project conceptualizing and Initiating: developing success criteria and determining what "done" looks like, creating the business case, cost benefit analysis, and developing the project charter

Day 2 - Planning and Execution

  • Project planning: the work breakdown structure, estimating using effort and duration, techniques for accurate estimates, methods to calculate start and finish dates of tasks, network diagrams, critical path method, resource planning, creating a project milestone schedule, creating Gantt charts, identifying and quantifying project risks
  • Project execution and control: creating a high-performing project team, techniques for effective communication and status reporting, earned value management (EVM)

Day 3 - Control, Close, and Action Planning

  • Project execution and control: project scope management and developing a change control plan, monitoring and managing risks and issues, managing stakeholder expectations
  • Project closing: scope verification, transferring deliverables to the customer, post-project review


Day 1 – Includes breakfast, lunch, breaks, and dinner

  • Check-In and Breakfast 7:30–8:15 a.m.
  • Course 8:15 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Dinner 4:30–10 p.m.

Day 2 – Includes breakfast, lunch, breaks, and dinner

  • Breakfast 7:30–8:15 a.m.
  • Course 8:15 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Dinner 4:30–10 p.m.

Day 3 – Includes breakfast, lunch, and breaks

  • Breakfast 7:30–8:15 a.m.
  • Course 8:15 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Dinner 4:30–10 p.m.

Who should attend

New and experienced project managers; program managers; project team leaders who initiate, plan, and manage projects; project team members who are interested in enhancing their careers by preparing to become certified PMPs.

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