Software vendors promise that one tool can solve all of your problems. Just like you would never try to build your project with only one tool, you can't expect to run your project schedule with only one tool. This course will help participants better select and implement schedule tools based on function and available budget.
Specific areas of focus are on creating an effective high level summary schedule that allows projects to communicate an overall execution strategy without getting stuck in minute details. Also covered is how and when to use Critical Path Method (CPM) techniques and when to not use those techniques. Too many projects try to use CPM for all levels of the schedule and this only leads to frustration and lost confidence. Risk is not a static event so your project needs an effective risk evaluation process that is tied to your schedule, because your schedule is always your biggest risk. Every day you are late can cost you your own damages and everyone else's.
Learning the right tools and ways to measure schedule health will help you identify problems before they cause too much damage. Most projects suffer huge financial losses because they don't have enough warning of pending problems. A schedule that functions well can provide that early warning system that allows project teams to make deliberate decisions rather than rash decisions. If your schedule reports are volumes thick and still tell you nothing of value then you need this course to learn how to properly convert all of that data into actionable information for the project team. This course is designed to help projects run the schedule so that the schedule can more effectively run the project.
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Projects that finish late are rarely profitable. Software vendors sell dreams and deliver complicated solutions that require you to hire more specialized staff. You begin to question whether these people who no operational experience are really your answer.
The simple reality is that project scheduling can be much easier and more productive if you have the right tools and the right team members. Even better is that you probably already have them and don't have to invest any more money. These are decisions made during project set up by the Project Manager, but does your Project Manager understand these issues? You need someone who is not just a Project Manager. You need a Project Leader. Much of this transformation comes from the use of our attitude. Our attitudes are the most important tool in our toolbox. It costs us nothing to purchase, if we use it well it can gain us everything, and if we use it poorly it can cost us everything. How we use it is up to us. Participants will learn how to get the most from their project team by focusing on key attitude changes.
These soft skills translate to hard dollars lost. Projects are not profitable when the schedule does not reflect the project execution plan. Projects are not profitable when the schedule software costs as much as heavy equipment on your job site. Learn how to do more with tools you may already have.
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