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Effective Project Planning & Control

Project planning is an essential part of project management. Successful completion of a project is heavily dependent on effective planning. A project plan allows you to complete a project within a specified timeline and a specified budget. Both project planning and project schedule are useful for effective project management. This, in turn, enables the company to achieve its strategic goals. And that is not the end. Effective project management helps companies to thrive and remain competitive.A project plan accurately measures the project status and warns you of any problem areas, beforehand. Risk management can then take over in order to mitigate the risk. Also, without proper planning, projects are likely to overrun. They can also incur additional costs. In the process, the profits are in jeopardy. A program which involves related projects requires even greater levels of planning to give a fair idea of the interdependencies. You can also exercise control over the projects that way. This two-day course is designed to provide practical, hands-on experience in the planning, development, maintenance, analysis, communication, and reporting of project schedules. The project schedule is often one of the most visible elements of project management in an organization. Learn methods to help ensure that your schedules provide valuable information, early warning of potential problems and analysis capability throughout the project life cycle

Turning 'Theory' into 'Practice'?

This highly interactive and intensive training course provides attendees with the latest practices, tools and techniques Our format combines real-world practical case study examples, hypothetical scenarios, role-playing, group exercises and tutorial style presentations with a focus on collaborative and interactive learning.

Who should attend?

This course is tailor - made for executives to macro level management of any industry who handle project management in their line of work. Delegate titles: General Managers, VPs, Directors, Senior Managers, Managers, Regional managers, Team Leaders and Executives from: • Projects • Project development • Project engineering • Engineering management • Industrial engineering • Project control • Business Development • Operations • Administration • Logistics From across all industries including: • Engineering • Construction • Government authorities • Oil & Gas • Infrastructure development • Telecommunications • Technology • Industrial materials • Manufacturing

Key areas to be covered in the programme and documentation

Establishing a project management plan to accomplish the project objectives

· Mastering Project Planning by using proven strategies and methods

· Compiling a Project Management Plan as a blueprint for your project

· Building a project ‘Road Map’ to accomplish the project goals by gauging the schedule milestones

· Analysing Needs, Wants and Expectations

· Determining the project scope and objectives

· Using the Work Breakdown Structure as input to the project schedule

· Defining the roles and responsibilities of project team using the Responsibility Assignment Matrix

· Managing and controlling projects using Breakdown Structures

o Work Breakdown Structure

o Organisational Breakdown Structure

o Cost Breakdown Structure

o Risk Breakdown Structure

o Resource Breakdown Structure

Group Exercise: Delegates will form groups to choose a project and compile a Work Breakdown Structure to level 3 details to structure the complete scope with code of accounts numbering

Developing the Master Project Schedule

· Designing an effective schedule structure

o Optimum update cycle

o Rolling Wave planning and Schedule Density

o Gateways and phasing / project life cycle

o Schedule Levels

o Managing multiple schedules

· Using the Activity Network Diagram to sequence the tasks

· Developing a schedule outline to structure the work and responsibilities for managing and delivering the project

· Selecting the types of logic links by understanding the effects of the relationships, with their leads and lags

· Implications of links

o Mandatory

o Discretionary

o External

Individual Exercise: Delegates will use their laptop computers to draw up a master activity schedule for the Building a House project provided by facilitator

Evaluating the schedule analysis

· Calculating the critical path using the : Forward Pass, Backward Pass and Float calculations

· Utilising Free Float and Total Float effectively by understanding the definitions and calculations

· Estimating activity duration using Analogous Estimating, Parametric Estimating and Three – point estimate

· Considering constraints such as imposed dates and external constraints to your schedule

Individual Exercise: Delegates will add resources to the master schedule and review the critical paths and available float on other paths

Scheduling Uncertainty and Risk Management

· Exploring possible "what–if" scenarios and how to handle them

· Calculating the expected time of completion of projects using PERT and Monte Carlo Simulation

· Testing the confidence levels of your schedule – probabilities of achieving milestones

· Accommodating risk events and uncertainties in your project schedules

· Implementing probability and contingency plan to manage and monitor risks

· Inserting time buffers to allow for schedule risk

Benefits to you


Develop a hierarchical framework for integrating the key planning and control functions (scope, quality, cost, time, risk) at different levels of management

Identify the activities needed to deliver each work package, and sequence them according to their logical dependencies.

Construct a schedule that takes account of logical dependencies and resource availability

Estimate the time and resources needed to carry out the activities in the specified sequence

Create a hierarchical framework for planning and controlling resource consumption and financial costs

Determine the overall risk exposure and the contribution of individual risks

Companies already benefiting include:

Duration of Course

2 Days Day Course

Course details

Days (Dates of the event and venue)

29-30Nov 2010 – Kuala Lumpur (Prince Hotel)

1-2 Dec 2010 – Bangkok (The Landmark Hotel)

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