This course refers to the Project Management Institute (PMI)®. PMI is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.
In this course, I've covered many techniques for setting up and managing project schedules. However, there are many other topics and sources of information you can explore to learn more. If you're new to project management, there are a couple of courses in the lynda.com library. My course, Project Management Fundamentals, is a good place to start. And if you'd like to dive deeper into one of the standard project scheduling tools, you can check out Project Essential Training. There are many other great resources to research.
The Project Management Institute is a Not-For-Profit organization that promotes the project management profession. PMI is a globally recognized center for project management, an offers certification. Their certifications include the Project Management Professional, and the Project Scheduling Professional credentials. To obtain these credentials you need to have a number of hours of experience in project scheduling. Complete accredited training, and pass a certification exam through PMI.
PRINCE2, is another project management methodology, which originated in the United Kingdom and is used throughout the world. It states for Projects In Controlled Environments. The prince2.com website includes links for training options. You can also become certified in this methodology. If you go for certification, you need to document the number of hours you've spent managing projects over several years. Here's a spreadsheet from the exercise files.
You can use it to document the hours you've worked as a project manager, leading and directing projects. If you don't have work logs for the past, you can guessitmate the time you spent in the past, based on the number of months you worked on each project. Going forward, you can track your project management hours in detail. There are also specialized approaches, to scheduling, that you can explore. Critical chain project management using the theory of constraints and buffers, to deliver projects on time.
Alternatives to the waterfall methodology, that are growing in popularity, are interative, rolling wave, and agile approaches to scheduling. Project Schedules sit at the heart of project plans. So you can become a better scheduler by building your skills in other areas of project management. Such as managing risk, resources, cost, quality, and so on. Many universities and colleges offer courses in these skills. Managing project schedules is a skill and an art that develops over time. Learn from each project you schedule, and apply what you've learned to make future projects even better.
Thanks for joining me in Managing Project Schedules. I hope the techniques I've shown here, will help you with scheduling your next project.
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- Identifying the work that needs to be done
- Adding milestones
- Delaying or overlapping tasks with lag and lead time
- Assigning resources
- Balancing workloads
- Adding buffers and baselines to the schedule
- Uncovering and correcting out schedule problems<br><br>
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