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PMI Scheduling Conference 2017

March 29, 2017 | Online

New technologies, hybrid projects, the launch of a PMO—when the environment is constantly changing, how do you craft a schedule (or multiple schedules) for project success? Discover timely answers here—and only here—at the PMI Scheduling Conference 2017, exclusively for PMI members.

PMI Scheduling Conference 2016

March 30, 2016 | Online

Love project scheduling? Or just want to learn what’s new in the world of project scheduling? Attend the PMI Scheduling Conference – exclusively for PMI Members. Learn the latest in scheduling best practices not available anywhere outside of PMI. We’ll share tips and tools from real-life projects and programs.

Upcoming Webinars

Backlogs and Burndowns: An Alternative to Gantt Charts for Planning Product Development Projects

Mar 20, 2018 1:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)
PREMIUM webinar

Gantt Charts are a fine mechanism for planning projects that have well bounded activities with a clean start and end point, and with understood dependencies and sequences. But in the non-linear, sometimes chaotic world of Product Development, Gantt Charts can be inadequate, cumbersome, or even misleadingly inaccurate. In the session, we will explore an alternative using mechanism of Agile product development - a Backlog of value to deliver with estimations of size (effort) and a reality-based Burndown that shows a plan with visible assumptions. Together these mechanism provide an effective way to plan, track, and replan a complex Product Development effort.

Balancing Planning and Execution in Change Projects

Apr 4, 2018 2:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)
PREMIUM webinar

In this webinar we will discuss the effects of the common planning practices, the importance of execution and how to better balance the two so that the ultimate objective of successful project completion is better realized.

On-demand Webinars

2017 Scheduling: Agile Scheduling with Rolling Wave Deliverable Roadmaps and Backlogs

by Johanna Rothman
April 29, 2017 | 58:16 | Views: 1,394 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.69 / 7

Does “scheduling” for an agile project make sense? If you can change what the team does, how is it possible to schedule? Scheduling does make sense for agile, if you think about “sequencing,” “minimum viable product,” and rolling wave deliverable-based planning. You might even use some of these approaches on your project now.

2017 Scheduling: Building a Scheduling Center of Excellence in the PMO

by Michelle Colodzin Gunsher
March 29, 2017 | 60:32 | Views: 865 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.56 / 7

This presentation will provide a brief overview of the “Five Secrets of Project Scheduling” and will go on to describe how to apply them in a PMO environment by creating a “scheduling center of excellence” and how doing so can improve project success rates throughout an organization.

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Save Time With Tools + Templates

Critical Path Weighting Template

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by Stefano Pittaluga

This template will help with planning an activity by giving a method to weight critical paths, with the final goal to calculate contractor delay responsibility by calculated weightings.

Schedule Risk Scorecard

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by Stefano Pittaluga

This Excel scorecard is composed of three tabs to help you evaluate risks derived by the schedule: overall schedule risk score, schedule content risk score and schedule technicality risk score.

Developing a Gantt Chart (Excel)

PREMIUM deliverable
by Vinod Kumar Paidakula

Need help with your project schedule? A Gantt chart is a simple yet effective visual tool to give you a snapshot of all the important elements. Get help creating one in Excel with this template.

Project Status Update (Presentation)

PREMIUM presentation
by Daniel Grzybek

This presentation template is a formal customer-facing status report used for medium to larger projects, or for reporting multiple projects with the same stakeholder audience.

Learn From Others

Scheduling: Walk Before You Run

by Guilherme Calôba, PMP

When it comes to scheduling, you cannot do advanced tasks before covering the basics. Most people want to do PERT analyses and critical path sensitivities, Monte Carlo simulations and applications of earned value techniques. Those tools can be helpful in providing guidance for better decision making, but a lot of ground must be covered first.

The Top 10 Reasons Projects Fail (Part 2) (Japanese Translation)

by Marc Lacroix

私たちは皆、一般にビジネス界の落とし穴を知っていて、避けなければならないことを理解していますが、最も明らかなトラップは、時には私たちが陥りやすいものです。特に、数多くの競合する優先事項を持つプロジェクトを管理し、 先行する道を離れてください。 この2部構成の記事シリーズは、プロジェクトが失敗する上位10の理由を特定し、共通のプロジェクト管理の落とし穴を回避する方法に焦点を当てています。

Making the Complex Seem Simple

by Mike Donoghue

When you make the effort to determine if a project is actually complex, you can often figure it out pretty quickly based on a combination of the following criteria…

Cybersecurity Impacts Upon United States Navy Undersea Tracking Ranges

by Adamson E. Streit, MBA, PMP, Bradley T. Dame, CISSP

Government agencies have recently found themselves asking questions about cybersecurity threats that they had not previously anticipated. In response, program managers must carry out a mandate of ensuring cybersecurity compliance while remaining on-budget. This paper seeks to provide answers and strategies while examining impact to schedule and budget.

Fast Tracking: A Special Area of Risk Management

by Anne Gromöller

Fast tracking can shorten a project’s schedule or easily cause rework to be required. It is of utmost importance to carefully weigh the risks prior to deciding whether or not fast tracking is the right option for the project. A quantitative estimate for calculating the monetary value translates the risk into hard currency.

Pick up the Pace

by Kate Rockwood

When schedules are compressed, project managers should focus on team engagement and cohesion.

Stop Being Scared of Spreadsheets!

by Jirí Skrivánek

Scared of spreadsheets? Don't be! They are a necessary and valuable tool in the project manager's arsenal. This article and its accompanying template are not a step-by-step tutorial. Instead of detailed instructions, it discusses a few things that are crucial to start both managing projects and completing advanced work with spreadsheets.

Rescue Me! Understanding Triple Constraint Problems

by Michael Zekser

What constitutes a troubled project? The answer is truly in the eyes of the sponsor, but as project managers we need to measure objectively and then decide how to use those facts in our go-forward plans. Here the author puts everything in the context of the triple constraint.

A Perception Change: Moving the Goal Post

by Laura Burford

Project managers excel at managing the project schedule, but many of us are not accustomed to revisiting the original premise of a project. There are four very simple and practical “perception” risk mitigation techniques that PMs and teams can implement.

How Late Is That Task?

by Paul Gosnell

Analyzing a schedule to determine which tasks are late is an important responsibility for all project managers. This article describes a schedule monitoring technique using Microsoft Project's custom fields to find out exactly how much time (work hours) a task is behind.


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