Project Planning and Scheduling for Beginners

Have you just been tasked to plan a new project? Are you new to Project Management? Get the basics here and apply them.
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  • Lectures 29
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 6/2015 English

Course Description

Project Planning and Scheduling is one of the most important activities for a Project Manager when starting and managing any type of project. Many mistakes are made during the first few weeks shaping the project scope, leading up to a plan and a schedule. During my career as Project Manager and Manager of Project Management Offices I have come across many emerging and junior Project Managers who were lacking the initial understanding of what was important for the lead up to building a schedule.

This course is written for beginners and Project Management juniors, so that you will learn what Project Planning and Scheduling is about.

After completion of this course

  • you will have an understanding of various Project Management methodologies;
  • you will be able to discuss the difference between planning and scheduling;
  • you will know what it takes how to create a workable schedule,
  • you will know what you need to do to establish good and meaningful Project Performance Reporting; and
  • you will learn about tools for scheduling and Project Portfolio Management on a high level.
My teams over the years have compiled a number of tips and tricks to make life of a Project Manager more predictable. I have added a number of them in this course, so you will be well prepared to start your first project and avoid doing rookie mistakes.The course takes just under 2 hours and is filled with great material for you to learn about the basics of Project Management Methodologies; how to derive a plan and schedule from the project scope and objectives, create a schedule that you can work with, what you should look out for when monitoring and controlling project performance and finally, which scheduling tool or Project Portfolio Management tool would be suitable.If you want to successfully manage your first few projects and get a head start following what seasoned Project Managers already do, this course is for you! You will no doubt grasp the concepts of Project Planning and Scheduling and apply them straight away in your career as a Project Manager.

What are the requirements?

  • Some basic understanding of Project Management terminology would help

What am I going to get from this course?

  • use techniques to plan and schedule projects
  • choose the most likely appropriate project management methodology
  • create a workable project schedule
  • gain an overview of what is important when managing a project with regards to the project schedule
  • identify whether a project is ahead, on or behind schedule
  • have an idea which type of project scheduling tool could be appropriate to use

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is developed for beginners, newbies to Project Management, who would like to understand on a high level what project scheduling and planning encompasses during the project lifecycle
  • This course provides some tips on how to create a schedule that a Project Manager can work with.

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Section 1: Project Planning and Scheduling for Beginners

Course Outline and brief introduction

Section 2: Project Management Overview

In this first module, you will learn some definitions about Project Management, such as what is a project, what is Project Management, etc. You will need this knowledge for the following lectures


Learn about the Waterfall and Traditional Approaches


Learn about PRINCE2 and Critical Chain Methodology


Let's get Agile


Extreme Project Management

Section 3: Time Management

If a Project Manager can't manage time, how can one plan and schedule a project?

Section 4: Scheduling and Planning

A definition about what planning means.


A definition of Scheduling - as a follow on from Planning


Why would one plan a project?

What would happen if one doesn't plan?


After Planning a project, what does Monitoring and Controlling mean?


A summary of what has been covered in this module

Section 5: Create Schedules that work

Let's start building a schedule


Where do we get the content for the plan and schedule?


Estimate activities in your plan


Arrange the activities, so they are in the right order. Which task is dependent on another?


What are the most common used task dependencies?


Almost done - milestones are here to grab your attention.


Almost done - what are the critical steps required to finish the project?


The final step in the creation of a schedule: the baseline.


Tips on what to look for when determining the critical path; followed by the summary on what you have learned in this module.

Section 6: The Schedule during Project Execution

What needs to be done when your schedule is done and your project is underway.


What is Project Performance and how do you measure it?


Project Performance Reporting - what should be reported in a Project Status Report.


Summary of what you have learned about Project Execution with regards to Project Schedule Performance

Section 7: Tools for Scheduling

What scheduling tools have we come across, and which tools should you consider using.


A quick summary about Scheduling tools.


A brief selection of Project Portfolio Management Solutions for various types of project organisations

Section 8: Summary and Recap

A summary on what you have learned in this whole course as well as an outlook on what's coming soon.

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Instructor Biography

Bodo Frost, Project Management Specialist, Mentor & Coach

With over 20 years experience in Project Management, PMOs, managing IT projects in Europa and Australia within Oil & Gas, Public Sector, Utilities, Finance and IT, I have made my own experience including mistakes and learned from them.

Since managing Project and Portfolio Management Offices in the Public Sector, Energy / Utilities and IT, I have come across various levels of knowledge and expertise in my team members. In order to reach certain standards, I was compelled to train and mentor my team members, which were Junior to Senior Project Managers, Project Support and Project Admin people as well as Project Controllers. Their understanding of what is required to successfully deliver a project varied - which resulted in many 'failed' projects and just some successful ones.

I have coached and mentored team members throughout my career. Project Support / Project Admin people got promoted to Junior Project Managers as they learned and grew under my mentorship. My job satisfaction grew with every team member moving on to become masters in their fields, become successful in their endeavours, and to become a successful Project Manager.

I would like to share my knowledge within the Project Management arena and give practical advise and tips within the fields of Project and Portfolio Management, Project Management Office, Personal Excellence and Business Success.

My vision is that everyone can become a successful person in personal and business life, whether in the professions around Project Management, Business Analysis, or as an entrepreneur, business person and family person.

My courses are designed to help newcomers learning new topics, so they would not make rookie mistakes in the first place, so they can confidently go into a new role. Also my courses are intended to give practical advice and tips on common project scenarios, that help people to master business situations better.

I am always keen on improving people's lives, whether personal or business, as well as my life. This means I am happy to receive constructive feedback and improve my services to the community. Happy days ahead!

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