Planning & Scheduling: Be the Professional from Scratch
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Planning & Scheduling: Be the Professional from Scratch

Project Planning and Scheduling Management course, 558 Exam Questio&Answers, PSP & PMI SP. The Complete Course You need.
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This course includes
  • 16 hours on-demand video
  • 4 articles
  • 4 downloadable resources
  • 2 Practice Tests
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Take the next step toward Your Career Goals, or change to the planning career.
  • Earn Your planning and scheduling professional (PSP) and PMI-SP Certification.
  • You will explain Planning and Scheduling Processes with Confidence
  • Think Different. Think Planning
  • Create, Review and Edit Project Plans and Schedules. Do the planning for your projects.
  • Stand out from the crowd by becoming a uniquely skilled professional planner.
  • Build a team buy-in for the plan you have created and assure it is achievable through your planning skills.
  • Understand the true value of TIME – the most valuable and finite commodity on Earth by planning right.
  • Work as a professional planning and scheduling engineer
  • Add value for yourself and your employer.
  • Create new job market opportunities for yourself to work in the planning field.
  • A deep, driving desire to learn and a vigorous willpower to add to and enhance your planning and scheduling skills.
  • You have to be mentally prepared to listen carefully to absorb as much knowledge as possible.
  • Aspire to add a major skill that will not only enhance your career but every facet of your life as well.

Planning and Scheduling is a major and vital activity when it comes to managing the project successfully. As per AACE International there is less than 2000 planning and scheduling professionals worldwide and the same number goes for scheduling professionals as per PMI standards!. Imagine that!!. It means that you rarely have met one. How about becoming one? 

We are from the top 2000  worldwide professional planners that are successfully managing more than 1 BILLION $ projects on hand today. In this course, we reveal how are we doing it.

There are lots of project management, planning and scheduling books and courses out there. We have tried most, combined the best practices and methods into this course.

To be recognized as a professional planner (PSP - Planning and Scheduling Professional) by AACE International or PMI (PMI-SP - Scheduling Professional) is given after a rigorous exam of 5 hours and 3.5 hours respectively. So, how about to become one of the few? - That's why this course came to life and to LOVE what you learn.


>What is planning ? 

>What is Scheduling?

>What makes the perfect plan?

>What is the difference between planning and scheduling?

>Is there even a difference between planning and scheduling?

>When you say the plan, are you taking a project management plan, time plan, cost plan or what? 

>Is Planning and Scheduling a skill?

This is all answered in this course and tailored to make you of the planning and scheduling professionals.

This course is the Planning and Scheduling Definitive Guide.

The skill and the knowledge of planning and scheduling are really way underappreciated and unrecognized. We have seen a lot throughout our career life that does not know what the planner should do? How to do? And how important is he or she to the success of the project? Finding a professional planner to handle out the project time, saves the company rights, allocate the costs right is something so hard. That’s why this course is created, to cover this huge knowledge gap and even to make you more confident when applying to a job as a planner or even if you are working in a different position or a project manager to know how the planner works? And how to pick the best ones from the market? - Planning and Scheduling is a vital skill.

The contribution of a planner to projects is huge. It can totally affect the project's goals, believe it or not, a project could fail miserably if planned wrong. We have seen projects that took twice its planned time and cost because it has not been planned correctly. Imagine the frustration! Here comes the motto of “Fail to plan is planning to fail”. There should be a considerable effort in planning the project and then scheduling the project.

I personally after graduation with a Bsc of engineering and before joining the workforce in construction section, I never knew what is a Planner? I even thought that it is not important and the most important thing is to make the right drawings and do it right on site, that’s it. I never knew that the efforts of all the project team might go different ways and every one might be working in a different direction if they are not planned correctly. I also never knew that to be a planner you have to study for it or it was just initiative. I always thought that all I have to do is to learn commercial software such as Primavera P6 and that’s it, I will be professional. I also never knew that there is a lot of knowledge, skill and, books about planning. I always thought what these books are going to write. I was exactly like many of you. The importance of perfect planning and scheduling to any project has valuable benefits to the project. I have seen how mega construction projects fail not due to poor construction methodology but due to no proper planning and scheduling. Learn in this course to produce a full construction project plan and schedule, and manage construction projects.

Seeing all of that I was lucky enough to meet one of the professional planners in my first working years in the construction industry. I have decided that I would pursue the career of planning and started studying management and contract administration that took 3 years to complete 2 professional degrees and then to be certified from PMI as a Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP) and AACE International as a Planning and Scheduling Professional (PSP) and read a lot of books. What initiated this course is this. I was really looking for some kind of help, a summary of all the books out there. I was looking for a guide. I wanted something to be special and include all the information that was scattered everywhere. Something that I could refer to, and because the professional planners are not much so this type of info is not anywhere. That’s why the course was created to fill this gap and help you to achieve what you want. If you ever think that planning is JUST using software, then this course is exactly what you want. It is to show you that the last thing you want is the software. The software acts as a tool where you use to create the output you require. The tool will never help you to find the inputs even if you are the best one in the world in using this tool. SO that’s why we are here to make you UNDERSTAND PLANNING AND SCHEDULING.  

The course is divided to two main sections to take you to be the professional you wanted to be. The first section is to make you understand the project management fundamentals, the different knowledge areas and interaction with planning and the second is then taking you from having a general knowledge scattered there and there to a more organized way of thinking and in order. Your first section ends at the lecture named “Your Road to Your Profession” and all the excitement starts from here. Up to this point, the course is developing you and giving you the basic knowledge for becoming the planning and scheduling professional.

From here Section 2 begins and you are going to get the information as a professional would do. You will know what is planning and scheduling with the exact steps to produce the perfect plan and schedule. You are going to know what is planning and what is scheduling, what are the considerations, constraints and the inputs for each stage. Each lecture is made to be easily reverting to later on whenever you need it in your lifetime. Lectures are made fun and as explaining simply to make you get the most with a summary at the end of the major lectures. Make sure to preview the lectures before enrolling. Scheduling is the art of making a schedule that is realistic and gets the buy-in from the team. Scheduling is done right after considerable studies have been done in the planning. As the main instructor of the course is a construction professionals, there are a lot of examples on construction projects

There is no other course even similar to that course. It is a guide and a guru in the planning and scheduling field. It has been done with care to add a value to you. At the end even if you wish to get recognized by one of the prestigious institutions as a professional planner there are exams to help you practice before going to the real exam. 

If you have ever investigated the reasons behind the failed projects, You would most probably find that neither planning nor scheduling is given much care.

Upon completion of this course, you will realize how any project will extremely benefit with the right planning and scheduling application. 

If you wish to pass the Scheduling Professional Exam from PMI (PMI-SP) or the Planning and Scheduling Professional Exam (PSP) from AACE International, this course will be your Definitive Guide.

Learn to love planning and scheduling, and apply it as a pro.

Covering Topics:

Planning, Project Planning, Planning Professional, Scheduling, Project Scheduling, Construction Planning, Construction Scheduling, Construction Time management, Construction Schedule, Construction time schedule, Construction Project Management, Planning and Scheduling Professional (PSP) Exam from AACE International, Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP) Exam from PMI, Planning Course, Scheduling Course, Planning and Scheduling Course, PSP Exam, PMI-SP Exam, PSP  exam preparation course, PMI-SP exam preparation course.

Who this course is for:
  • Engineers from all disciplines who are willing to shift their career into planning and scheduling.
  • Engineers from all disciplines who need to understand planning and the role of a planning engineer, and who want to add a major and significant skill to their skill set
  • Planning Engineers who wants to enhance their professionalism by acquiring a unique set of skills and knowledge
  • Planning Engineers who desire to be accredited by the most prestigious institutes (the AACEI - PSP Exam or the PMI-SP exam)
  • New graduates seeking bigger and more lucrative job opportunities.
  • Engineers on the lookout for a PROMOTION and a RAISE because they’re willing to learn how to plan and schedule their work effectively.
  • Any Engineer who’s been stressed and punished by missed deadlines and desperately wants to change his situation
  • Any Engineer who lacks focus in his work and is unaware of the goals he’s trying to achieve.
  • Anyone who wants to acquire LIFE-CHANGING planning skills so he can meet each and every one of his deadlines.
  • Anyone who has the big picture in mind and wants to see it through their manager’s point of view.
Course content
Expand all 204 lectures 16:01:10
+ Understanding Main Projects Definitions & Characteristics
10 lectures 47:59

First before going deeply into planning and scheduling mega projects. You should know and be more familiar with the basics. This is the aim of this whole section. By the end of this lecture you will know what is the project? - You can download the entire lectures from this course here.

Preview 05:02

The projects can be divided into more manageable components and it can be part of something better. You will know how is the project stands within your organization and how to manage it effectively

Sub-projects, Projects, Program and Portfolio interrelations

We have understood what is the project, we knew by know that the project has a time frame. What happens during this time frame (Scope) and how to plan for it?. Everything is explained here on how to plan from the start of the project to the deliverable and manage it?, How to make sure the project is going to achieve what it is meant for?

Project life Cycle

Understand the relation between cost and staffing throughout the project life cycle from the initiation to the closure.

Preview 04:33

There is a lot of variables in any project. In this lecture you will understand the impact of the variables timing in the project. This lecture will answer your question is how the variables affecting the project is changing throughout the project life? When is the best time to adapt a change and when is not?

Variables Impact based on its timing on the project

You will understand what is the main processes group in any project and how they interact together with relation to time.

Project Management Process Interaction

You should always be careful that the project is on the right track and is aligned with the project goals, In this lecture you are going to learn the main questions to answer periodically to make sure that the project is on track.

Periodic Interim Evaluations

What are Stakeholders?, How to manage, control, communicate with them? - This lecture will summarize for you and will help you to have a better understanding of the stakeholders


There are some key stakeholders which are usually common in most of the projects. You will see the key stakeholders and have an example for what are the stakeholders?

Examples of the Key Stakeholders
Stakeholders - Influence/Interest Grid
+ Process groups, Roles & Responsibilities
17 lectures 59:19

What to do before starting the project? What considerations shall we take care of? - The lecture will make you understand what happens in the initiation process group to start the project effectively.

Initiation process group

Understand how to know the importance and how the project aligns with your organizaiton

Project position in the organization

Be familiar with the main terminologies, expressions in the project management field.

Project Management Main Terminologies

Know what is the process of collecting requirements and how to make sure that the project requirements meets the project objectives.

Collecting Requirements

The main gathering techniques are mentioned to understand how to gather expectations, requirements, etc.

Gathering Techniques

Understand one of the most life changing techniques in gathering information.

Gathering Techniques - Brainstorming Technique

Understand what is the role, what is the difference between responsibility, authority and accountability through this lecture.

Roles and Responsibilties

You will know what is the project sponsor roles, responsibilities and authority and what is the most important process group for the project sponsor.

Preview 05:15

You always create a project because there is a business need. The business need is to address certain people, the customers/end users, so you should make sure through out the project the product(the project deliverable) is meeting the end user requirements.

End User or Customer roles and concerns

You ever wondered what is the limits of the project manager?. You know that the project manager can not authorize everything in the project, he/she might still require higher authorization. Understand how the project manager sits within his organization and according to the organizational structure as well.

The Project Manager role

One day you want to be a project manager or you want to understand how the project manager works and what does it require to be one?

The Project Manager Key Competencies

Do you report to someone else other than the project manager?, Do you want to be in the shoes of your boss?. You want definitely want to know how your functional role evolves when you become the manager of your functional area. This lecture will make you understand what the functional manager are and how they stand in the organization.

The Functional Manager - Who are they and What do they do?

Each project has a team. Either you are managing one or part of it, you should understand their role and how it works.

The project team

Each project requires either material or services to be procured. The role of the sellers is very vital for the success of the project. This lecture will show you what the sellers to the project.


Understand the different types of organization charts in each project and how important they are.

Organization Charts & RACI Matrix

What is control and how to control? What is Control Accounts? - Have a better control for your project, but first you should know what is control?

Control & Control Accounts

Understand how the control account stands with the WBS & the OBS

Control Account Matrix
+ Schedule Components - What makes a schedule?
23 lectures 01:52:31

Know what is the project budget?, How it is calculated and rolled up from activities to project level.

Preview 02:28

Know what is schedule, how to develop one, manage it and control it. Be familiar with the different industry terminologies and its meanings.

Schedule Introduction & Main Terminologies

Is there anything holding you from finishing on your deadline? Do you have a lot of obligations and factors constraining you? - Understand project constraints from this lectures and be familiar with the main project constraints

Project Constraints

You always assume things which are not ambiguous to you or you don't? In all cases learn what you should do with the assumptions.

Project Assumptions

Know what is the activity and what defines the activity? Understanding this lecture will ease a lot of things for you in the later stages.

Activity Characteristics
Activity Characteristics - Continued

Know what estimates are there for each activity and understand them.

Activity Estimates

Know how the WBS is broken down into more manageable components. To help execute, manage and estimate each package.

Work Package

It is a vital planning process and know how the planning evolves and elaborates throughout the project.

Progressive elaboration

You will understand how to plan using this technique and when it is beneficial, when to use it?

Rolling Wave Planning

You will know what are the main sequence diagramming techniques and how to use the ADM and apply it in your project to be able to create the Schedule Model.

Sequence Activity Diagramming Technique - ADM

You will know what are the main sequence diagramming techniques and how to use the PDM or AON and apply it in your project to be able to create the Schedule Model.

Sequence Activity Diagramming Technique - PDM or AON

You will be able to know how to relate activities together in a more professional way.

Lags & Leads

You will know how to produce sequence a schedule model. You will understand all the relations better here as there is an example showing all of the possible relations that you might encounter together with the lags and leads.  

Precedence Diagramming Method- Example

You will understand the activity node in the PDM diagram and the recommended node to use. This will help you to visualize what it looks even using different commercial software in the market. This will make you better in sequence calculating.

Activity Node Sample - PDM

You by now know the 4 main types of the relationships, in this lecture you will know what are dependencies?, which activity is depending on another activity, what type is it and how to use this in building a realistic network model?

Types of dependencies

In building a network model you should add the logic, this logic will be dependent on the type of relationship and the type of dependency which you are by now, know it All. This will make sure that network model you are building is reliable, easy to handle, and realistic.

Logic Considerations

Sometimes you do confuse about these two terms?, then now it is time to know which term is representing what? - Activity B - SD =(15-8)/6 not (10-4)/6

Resources Attributes

You will understand the different ways to estimate the resources required for any activity in the project.

Estimate Activity Resources

You are going to know what are the main categories of the resources to be broken into it. An example is illustrated in this lecture.

Resource Breakdown Structure

Similar to the estimating resource requirements, you are going to know the different ways to calculate activity duration. You are going to know what to avoid as well to have an accurate estimate?

Estimate Activity Durations

Understand the various factors affecting the labor Moral and Productivity.

Productivity Fluctuations
+ Create a schedule
9 lectures 39:38

Developing a schedule is a process in which ends up with a schedule for your project.

Preview 02:18

You will know what is CPM that you hear everyone talking about it. It is the best method developed to schedule a project with activities, relationships, resources, etc. It is the basis for a SUCCESSFUL network model.

In this lecture you will understand the basics and what is the CPM used for.

Critical Path Method (CPM)
Critical Path Method (CPM) - Part 2
Critical Path Method (CPM) - Part 3

You will  understand different terminologies and know them better such as the different types of floats and the most common as well.

Critical Path Method (CPM) - Part 4
CPM Example
Another CPM Example

To start anything you should have a plan in how to execute it successfully and achieve project objectives.

You will know the two main baselines and how the cost is related to the schedule baseline..

Baselines - Schedule & Cost

To make the cost baseline and the cost budget, not only the cost of activities are summed up to give the baseline and the budget. Know what reserves should be added to generate the cost baseline and the cost budget.

Cost Reserves
+ Tips & Tricks of the schedule
5 lectures 28:11

Now you know better than most of the planners out there, there are two things and how to differentiate between them and to understand most of the commercial programs out there.

Preview 08:08
Near-critical Activity, Critical Activity & Schedule Activity

You will be able to see how is the schedule running and to know what is driving your schedule. You will also know what are the main factors driving any activity. It is extremely useful mainly during updates and there is a delay. It is a way to INVESTIGATE and find the ROOT cause of the delay by Tracking the activities

Driving & Non-Driving Relationships

Knowing the different paths, relationships and the most Critical activities will help you to build and control your schedule in a Professional manner.

Path Convergence, Divergence and HUB

Calendars controls the schedule, in different cities you might use different calendars. Applying and understanding the importance of the calendars will make you Manage the project effectively.

Calendars, Logic & Constraints
+ Shortening the project duration - Acceleration
6 lectures 33:55

See here the different ways and techniques that you can apply to finish on time

Preview 04:14
How to shorten a project duration? - Part 2

Know how is crashing done and in what ways. You will master this skill here and know in what basis is it done on?

Crashing Detailed Example

Choosing the method that fits your strategic and organization goals should be dependent on some basis, that you will know it in this lecture.

The best method for project acceleration

When you are shortening the project duration, you should not only focus on time, there is a lot of other factors to consider as well. In this lecture you will know the different types of costs first to understand how they will be affected by the compression.

Direct & Indirect Costs & the relation with acceleration

As you decrease the project duration, now one of the major project constraints is being affected, so this means usually that another project constraint would be affected. In this lecture the you will know how Cost (one of the major project constraints) is affected by reduction of time. 

Taking consideration that no change in the other constraints and they are constants such as Quality.

Effect of Acceleration on project costs
+ Resources - Interaction with Time Schedule
6 lectures 24:49

A lot might get confused in what exactly comes under the category of Resources, you will be able to know what are they and how to Categorize based on your requirements.

Preview 02:58

To be an Expert in any field, you have to know the main and the most used terminologies in this field. This lecture summarizes to you the main terminologies used in the resource management

Resources Main Terminologies

In most projects there were would be a resource controlling your project, or we can say the lack of the resource or the resource availability is controlling your dates, learn how to see the effect of a special resource that might drive your project late.

Understand how to best utilize your resources and how a resource driven schedule might affect your completion dates.

Preview 04:44

Why you should even level a resource?, is it even necessary?

Why Level Resources?

See how it works by example  and see the main difference between the leveling and smoothing according to what it do to the resource.

Resource Leveling & Resource Smoothing Example

You know the critical path method so here you what makes a critical chain method and what is the difference between it and the critical path?

Critical-chain Method
+ Quality Management - Interaction with Planning & Scheduling
4 lectures 17:00

Every Professional Planner should be familiar with the nine project management Knowledge areas. Quality Management is one of the important knowledge areas.

Quality Management Main Terminologies

Everything in life comes with a cost. Learn the costs associated with making the quality.

Cost of Quality

One of the main outputs of quality planning is to produce a checklist for all of the works to make sure that the product is achieving the requirements. Understand what is the checklist and how it is done through this lecture.

Quality Checklists

To produce a reliable, achievable schedule there always should be a process for that. See why specs are made and an example of schedule checklists to produce the realistic schedule.

Schedule Specifications
+ Communications- Interaction with Planning & Scheduling
7 lectures 38:25

Know what is communication plan? and what are the main communication activities?

Preview 06:09

Know how should you disseminate information? and in what basis? - Ensure that the information is disseminated effectively and efficiently.

Communications Considerations

What do you need to transfer your information? Do you really need to buy a fancy technology or you can do with what you have? - Learn how to choose the right communication for you and your company.

Communication Technology

See a model of how the daily communication is conceived and how to assure that your message is delivered with the same intention you want.

Communication Model

Learn the main communication methods with examples and its efficiency.

Communication Methods

Throughout the project life there are many reports required to be handed over to different stakeholders. Know the different types of reports for you to use and combine 2 or more types if required at anytime to disseminate the information required in a professional manner.

Performance Reporting - Your key to the mind of others

Everything has characteristics that defines it. Learn what are the main successful communication characteristics that you should apply to achieve what you want.

This is lecture is bigger than the rest of the lectures, but i wanted to make sure that you get all of the characteristics once and to imagine them all together.

Communication Characteristics