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Elaine Marans

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Dealing with Unrealistic Project Schedules—Instructor-Led Virtual

Delivered by Elaine Marans, PMP, CBAP, PMI-PBA

Price: $349
PDUs: 6
Time: 9am to 4pm CST
Dec. 20th, 2017 Register Now

RMC Learning Solutions (formerly RMC Project Management) is now delivering its most popular project management, business analysis and agile training classes in a live and virtual format! Using one of the top online learning facilitation tools in the world, students will experience true, classroom-style learning in front of their own computer. In addition to world-class instruction from experienced instructors, our Instructor-Led Virtual classes will feature live chat, white boards, breakout rooms, file sharing, testing/quizzing, and dozens of other learning-based features.

Class Description

Has your boss given you a project deadline you believe is unrealistic? Did your sales team sell a project with a due date you simply cannot meet? These might be common situations in the project management world, but they should NOT be happening—and now you can do something about it. This course will help you understand why unrealistic project schedules occur, and will present real world solutions that you can implement immediately for preventing and dealing with them. Students will also learn to plan and execute realistic project schedules, improve communication with key stakeholders, and incorporate the risk management process into schedule planning.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Utilize the project information you are given at the start
  • Clarify with stakeholders what is being asked of you
  • Plan and execute a realistic schedule
  • Include risk management in your schedule planning
  • Apply best practices for communicating with key stakeholders

Course Outline

  • Requirements for Developing a Schedule
    • What to Do When You Receive a Completion Date
    • Making it Realistic
    • Optimizing the Schedule
    • What if the Time is Too Long?
    • Schedule Network Analysis
  • Meeting with Senior Management
    • Options
    • Asking for What You Want
  • Planning How You Will Manage and Control the Schedule
    • The Management Plan
    • The Control Piece
    • Configuration Management
    • The Change Control System
  • Managing the Schedule and Reporting
    • What Questions You Should Ask
    • Why You Should Ask Questions
    • Types of Questions
  • Improving Processes
    • Keeping the Schedule Realistic
    • Measuring Performance
    • Mistake: Percent Complete
    • Alternatives to Percent Complete
    • Earned Value
    • Re-Estimating During the Project
  • Corrective and Preventative Action
    • Controlling Changes
    • Change Impacts on the Triple Constraint
    • Integrated Change Control
    • Instituting a Change Form
    • Making a Change Log
    • Not Allowing Changes
    • Tricks for Handling Common Changes
  • Case Study
  • Summary and Closing
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