Introduction to Planning and Scheduling

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Course description 

Aimed at individuals who are about to move into a planning role, this hands-on programme provides you with the principles and skills of project planning and plan maintenance required for the successful running of projects.                 

We show you all the techniques you need to understand in order to be an effective and efficient project planner, enabling you to contribute to successful projects – from top-down and detailed planning, to understanding baselines and the planning checklist. 

Is it right for me?

If you are new to project planning, or looking to move into a project planning role, this course will help you understand the basics and principles you need to get started. 

What will I get out of it?

By the end of the course you will be able to:


  • Implement a structured approach to planning projects
  • Describe the key project constraints that influence planning
  • Produce realistic plans

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What does it cover?

  • The project management success criteria
  • A project lifecycle
  • Project roles
  • Role of the planner                          
  • Project level WBS
  • Using work packages
  • Responsibility assignment matrix
  • Project milestones
  • Cost breakdown structure
  • Activity level WBS
  • Dependencies and activity networks
  • Estimating activities
  • Critical path analysis
  • Resourcing the plan
  • Realistic Gantt charts
  • Cost planning
  • Schedule and cost optimising
  • What to baseline
  • Managing baselines
  • Monitoring schedule progress
  • Controlling schedules and cost
  • Critical points to cover in producing a schedule
  • Critical points to consider in updating plans

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Course leader

Chris Johnston

Project Management Training Consultant

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