Project Planning and Scheduling

Face-to-face duration: 3 days
PDU's: 24

Course Objectives

This course will give you a solid foundation across the concepts and techniques to plan, schedule, monitor and control time and resources on a project. The training course delivery is structured around the five process groups of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) Guide; initiation, planning, executing, monitoring and control, and closure.

Participants will learn that project time management is a process of strategic planning, monitoring and control to accomplish the timely completion of a project. Completing projects on time is often one of the key success criteria for a project.

This three (3) day workshop will provide participants with the tools and techniques to plan, manage and control project time more effectively to give more certainty to the project sponsor and stakeholders.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and document project requirements.
  • Facilitate the process of identifying and estimating project activities.
  • Design and create a work breakdown structure.
  • Develop an accurate schedule for project deliverables.
  • Use the work breakdown structure to develop a network diagram.
  • Calculate schedules using PERT/CPM.
  • Manage contingencies.
  • Predict future project performance based on historical data.
  • Monitor and control the project schedule, and determine if the project will complete on schedule.
  • Identify and implement strategies to crash and fast track project schedules.
  • Identify, assign and tabulate resource requirements.
  • Optimise the application of resources.
  • Forecast and track resource usage.


This course is targeted at those who are seeking to develop their skills and knowledge in project budget and cost management.


  • Learn how to be successful at planning, scheduling and managing project time and resources.
  • Learn to successfully plan and manage project time based on realistic project resource constraints.
  • Develop reliable schedule estimates.
  • Evaluate and risk-adjust activity duration estimates prepared by others.
  • Set dependencies.
  • Undertake committed project time monitoring, forecasting and control.


  • Building a deliverable-oriented WBS that defines the scope of the project and translating it into an activity list.
  • Understanding and applying network diagrams.
  • Differentiating between estimating models and the difference between effort and duration.
  • Estimating for activity duration and the use of productivity to determine true duration.
  • Schedule calculations: float, areas of flexibility, critical, near-critical and noncritical path.
  • Identifying resource requirements and building a resource breakdown structure.
  • Creating a baseline schedule and understanding the variance between planned and actual values.
  • Distinguishing between fast-tracking the project and crashing the critical path.

Project Outline

Day One

1. Introduction

2. Scheduling Strategy

  • Enterprise Environmental Factors
  • Organizational Process Assets
  • Project Management Framework
  • Project Management Knowledge Areas
  • Project Life Cycle and Organization
  • Project Phases
  • Stakeholders

3. Schedule Planning and Development

  • Scope Planning Key Points
  • Collect Requirements
  • Define Scope
  • Project Scope Management
  • Create WBS
  • Scheduling Components
  • Define Activities

Day Two

4. Schedule Planning and Development - Continue

  • Estimate Activity Duration
  • Sequence Activities
  • Network Diagram
  • Critical Path Method
  • Critical Chain Method
  • Rolling Wave Planning
  • Agile Technique
  • Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT)
  • Monte Carlo Simulation
  • Resource Estimating
  • Schedule Model Adjustments for resource availability

5. Schedule Monitoring and Controlling

  • Schedule Model Management
  • Schedule Data Management Plan
  • Schedule Approval
  • Baseline the Schedule Model

Day Three

5. Schedule Monitoring & Controlling - Cont.

  • Setting the baseline, contingencies, monitoring and statusing the schedule.
  • Forecasting critical activities and end dates.
  • Updating the schedule.
  • Understanding fast tracking and crashing of schedules.Using computer-based scheduling tools.

6. Schedule Closeout

7. Capability Assessment


"The Student Manual is a logical, carefully thought through and well presented document. The face-to-face facilitators are helpful, patient, knowledgeable and passionate. Thank you for the time and effort that blueVisions have put into preparing and supporting this course."

David Thorpe iiNet Australia

"Your personal contribution to our training has been invaluable. Your infectious high spirits and genuine want for our success have shone through. I sincerely thank you for your efforts over the past two years."

Stephen Davies Group Manager, Construction Services Group, NSW

"Your course made me realise how irrelevant what I was learning through my university course actually was to my job. Due to this, I will be seeking to complete the remainder of the modules in this diploma through blueVisions."

Damien Bleeker Project Coordinator, Liverpool City Council, NSW

"Thank you for a wonderful course....This has been by far the best development course I’ve ever been a part of."

David Darcy LSPSPO - Defence Materiel Organisation

"Having sat in at various times in both courses, as well as being present for the final summary and feedback sessions I was really impressed with the positive feedback and outcomes. The blueVisions trainers did an awesome job and really motivated and inspired both groups. The level of the course was spot on for each group."

Brian Clarke Leadership Development Coordinator, Gasco