Gain insight into what makes a “sound and effective” project schedule. Learn about the building blocks for creating a well-developed schedule model. Learn how to apply “generally recognized” good practices to your schedule model and improve the likelihood of your project’s success. “Generally recognized” practices mean that there is agreement within the project management community of their value and usefulness.

“Effective project scheduling and time management are critical factors in the success or failure of a project”. –Practice Standard for Scheduling

Projects, by their very nature, are generally complicated. Here is why a reliable scheduling framework and good practices are crucial. The application of these tools, skills, methods, and insight results in a schedule model that is fit for all phases of the project lifecycle and timely delivery of the project scope.

The curriculum for this course follows the Practice Standard for Scheduling – Third Edition by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Emphasis is on the critical path method (CPM) of scheduling and methods like rolling wave, program evaluation and review technique (PERT), and Monte Carlo simulation. Additional essential topics include

  • Work breakdown structure (WBS)
  • Resource planning (allocation, assignments)
  • Project calendar (holidays, work periods, vacations)
  • Schedule baseline
  • Schedule maintenance (actuals)
  • Contingency planning (risks, constraints, dependencies, management reserves)
  • Earned Value Management (EVM)
  • Dynamic scheduling (what-if analysis)

Some essential features of Microsoft Project are introduced to provide context and clarity to the course material.*

“[C]reate schedule models that are of increasing value to the projects they represent.” –Practice Standard for Scheduling

Through real-world scenarios, case studies, and best practices, project management practitioners get up to speed quickly on relevant scheduling practices that can be applied directly.

Hands-on exercises and homework are assigned after each class meeting to reinforce learning and retention of the subject matter.

Following the course, novice and experienced practitioners come away with the means and know-how to confidently create efficient project schedules that advance business objectives.

Starts: TBA

Duration: Four 3-hour Sessions

Location: Live Virtual Meeting

Who Should Attend:

  • Project, program, and portfolio managers
  • Project coordinators and administrators
  • Project schedulers who want to enhance their understanding of scheduling
  • People who want to learn about good dynamic scheduling practices and time management techniques
  • Technical professionals transitioning to project management


Course attendees must have a basic working knowledge of project management concepts or equivalent education. Prior scheduling experience with Microsoft Project is not a requirement.

Required Course Materials:

To minimize the financial burden on course attendees, attendees are responsible for procuring these required course materials:

  • Practice Standard for Scheduling – Third Edition (2019)
  • Dynamic Scheduling with Microsoft Project 2013
  • Microsoft Project Standard 2013

The required texts can be purchased at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or on PMI’s Marketplace.

Microsoft Project Standard 2013 can be purchased from Microsoft’s website.

*Microsoft Project closely follows the Project Schedule and Cost Management knowledge areas of the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK).

Price: $800 USD*

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