Forecast Scheduling with Project Online 2018 - online course - live

Forecast Scheduling with Project Online 2018 - online course - live

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For those who are experienced MS Project users.
This course is a live class: You will attend 4 live session of 3 hours each (total of 12 PDUs). The dates for the sessions are:
  • Session 1: Mar 3, 2020 from 1 PM - 4 PM EST (10 AM - 1PM PST)
  • Session 2: Mar 4, 2020 from 1 PM - 4 PM EST (10 AM - 1PM PST)
  • Session 3: Mar 10, 2020 from 1 PM - 4 PM EST (10 AM - 1PM PST)
  • Session 4: Mar 11, 2020 from 1 PM - 4 PM EST (10 AM - 1PM PST)

These sessions will be recorded, so you can easily catch up on a missed session.

About This Course

This workshop is designed to check-up on your day-to-day scheduling to make sure you are using the best practices of scheduling with Project Online 2018 (we know this version does not exist but we wrote our textbook for Project Online as it was in 2018). These best practices have been established by Eric Uyttewaal and his team through evaluating and certifying over 1,500 real-life schedules. Our philosophy to scheduling is based on two principles:
  • The Principle of Dynamic Scheduling: When one thing changes in your project, you should have to change only a single cell in your schedule (and have the schedule engine recalculate the rest of the schedule producing accurate forecasts)
  • The Principle of Forecast Scheduling: The schedule by itself should forecast the project (even without using forecasting algorithms from Earned Value, Critical Chain or Agile)

The overall goal of the course is to get the most benefit from using the tool. The content is restricted to scheduling a single project in Microsoft Project Online.

Each participant will receive:

  • A copy of the NEW textbook 'Forecast Scheduling with Project Online 2018'
  • NEW a free one-year license for our 'Forecast Scheduling App' that performs the checks on best practices in an automated fashion and helps you improve your schedule.
  • An electronic certificate with 12 PDUs upon completion
  • The possibility to earn the 'Forecast Scheduler' certificate and earn an additional 20 PDUs.

Who Should Attend

The Forecast Scheduling course is designed for people who are using MS Project regularly: project schedulers, project team members, project managers, project controllers, project control officers, and project engineers.

Program Prerequisite

Participants must have managed at least one project from beginning to end with Microsoft® Project. If you don’t meet this requirement we recommend you take our MS Project Fundamentals course.

Learning Objectives

After this course, you will:

  • Be able to create a dynamic model of your project to forecast it continuously
  • Be aware of the best practices of scheduling with MS Project
  • Be an expert in optimizing the project schedule
  • Be able to create custom reports and views that meet the needs of stakeholders in your project
  • Know how to efficiently update the schedule during project execution to continuously forecast the project end date, workloads and cost
Please Bring to the Class
    A computer loaded with Project Online and Project Online Desktop Client. If you have the 2010, 2013, 2016 or 2019 version of Microsoft Project you can attend the course without problems. If you have an earlier version, we recommend you get a free trial subscription for Project Online.

      Course Topics

      The Principle of Forecast Scheduling: Creating a schedule in such a way that it continually forecasts the project.

      • Customize the ribbon and the quick access toolbar
      • Options: relevant options before entering data
      • Manually scheduled tasks and whether to use them
      • The project calendar
      Work Breakdown Structure
      • Deliverables, Activities and Milestones
      • Finding the right level of detail for breaking down the work
      • Choosing the default task type: Fixed Duration, Fixed Units and Fixed Work tasks 
      • Recurring tasks and overhead tasks
      • A process for estimating
      • Estimating durations or work (effort) and selecting the corresponding task type: Fixed Duration or Fixed Work
      • Difficulties in estimating and techniques to address them
      Dependencies and Network Logic 
      • The principle of dynamic scheduling saves you time updating the schedule
      • Using dependencies to model impact relationships in the project (network logic)
      • Types of dependencies and when to use each type
      • How to check the completeness and correctness of the network logic
      Deadlines (target dates):
        • How deadlines support the principle of dynamic scheduling
        • Type of schedule constraints (fixed dates) and how they wreck dynamic scheduling
        • Types of resources: human, material, facility, equipment and cost resources
        • Generic versus actual resources: when to use each
        • Part-time, full-time and team resources
        • Varying resource availability and rates
        • Calendars: the project calendar, task calendars, base calendars and resource calendars 
        • The formula Duration * Units = Work (D * U = W)
        • Assign Resources dialog
        • Part-time versus full-time assignments
        • Three rules to make MS Project an easy tool for you 
        How to manage resource workloads: 
        • What is better: Preventing or resolving overallocations?
        • Making workloads visible and finding over-allocations
        • Resolving over-allocations: When to level by hand and when to rely on MS Project
        Leveling workloads by hand:
          • The best view to resolve over-allocations yourself: Resource Allocation
          • A list of 15 methods to resolve over-allocations manually
          Leveling workloads automatically:
            • What MS Project can and cannot do for you in resolving over-allocations
            • Leveling algorithms used by MS Project
            • How to check what MS Project changed in your schedule
            • Comparing the before- and after-leveling schedules: Leveling Gantt view

            How to decrease the duration of your project: Optimizing for Time (having unlimited resources):

            • The Critical Path Method (CPM):
            • Difference between free and total slack (float)
            • Situations that fragment the Critical Path and what to do about it
            • Ways to shorten or fast-track the Critical Path
            Optimizing for Time and Workloads (having limited resources: resource-constrained scheduling):
              • How resource-leveling affects the Critical Path
              • Finding the Resource-Critical Path
              • Ways to shorten or crash the Resource-Critical Path

              Optimizing for Time, Workloads and Cost:

              • How to decrease the cost of your project
              • Types of cost: fixed costs versus variable costs (per period cost, per unit cost, per use cost)
              • How to model each type of cost in MS Project
              • Using cost rate tables for multiple rates per resource and rate escalation
              • Ways to bring down the cost
              Checking the schedule before publishing: 
              • Did I apply the best practices?
              • Using our 86-point checklist and the NEW Forecast Scheduling App (FSA) to identify the violating tasks or resources
              • How-to steps on improving your schedule with FSA
              Reporting the project the way you want: 
              • Creating one-page reports … always!
              • How to defend a visible time-buffer or cost-reserve to your sponsor
              • Using the Reports ribbon
              • Timeline view
              • Developing custom views with custom Fields, Tables, Filters and Groups
              • How to re-use them elsewhere using the Organizer
              How to enter actual progress and how to update forecasts in the schedule: 
              • Updating tasks versus updating assignments (that needs an electronic time sheet transferring actual hours for each assignment back into your project schedule)
              • Baselining: how to maintain a baseline when change requests are approved
              • Efficiently updating tasks (if you don’t have an electronic timesheet)