Planning & Scheduling: Be the Professional from Scratch
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- 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.
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- 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.
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.
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?
Understand the relation between cost and staffing throughout the project life cycle from the initiation to the closure.
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?
You will know what is the project sponsor roles, responsibilities and authority and what is the most important process group for the project sponsor.
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.
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.
Know what is the project budget?, How it is calculated and rolled up from activities to project level.
Developing a schedule is a process in which ends up with a schedule for your project.
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.
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.
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
See here the different ways and techniques that you can apply to finish on time
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.
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.
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.
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.
Know what is communication plan? and what are the main communication activities?
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.
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.