Delegates will learn how to
- Recap your understanding of requirements gathering and scope definition
- Understand techniques for defining and presenting the scope
- Enhance understanding of various resource estimating techniques, along with the advantages and disadvantages of these
- Enhance understanding of resource allocation and resource aggregation
- Understand resource schedule optimisation techniques, including resource levelling and smoothing, splitting activities and impact of resource calendar manipulation
- Understand the use of different reporting formats
- Learners are introduced to the basic concept of planning and scheduling with a brief discussion on the purpose and application of the PMP
- As in integral lead into defining the project scope, a review of this process provides the setting for effective scheduling.
- The captured requirements form the basis of defining the scope for the project. Delegates will recap on the use of various breakdown structures resulting in the RAM and scope baseline.
- This module is the core of the content with a detailed investigation of network diagramming, logical relationships and critical path analysis. A solid understanding of the interpretation of the output from critical path analysis, taking into account the impact of constraints, calendars and methods of schedule optimisation.
- Various estimating techniques are investigated, along with discussion on typical estimating problems and how to enhance more effective estimating on the project.
- Resource allocation, resource aggregation, cost determination and generation of planned spend curves – ‘S’-Curves
- Learners are introduced to resource types and examples of each, with appropriate means of determining allocation formats. A detailed investigation into effort driven and resource driven activities confirming understanding of the implications for these on project and activity durations.
- Learners are introduced to the need for the project schedule to be optimised using Resource Levelling, Resource Smoothing, Activity Splitting and Resource Lag techniques.
- This module considers appropriate reporting formats – Gantt Charts, Resource Utilisation Charts and Planned Spend curves – along with various approaches to progress reporting from a resource utilisation perspective.
- This final module considers the requirements for controlled closeout and the demobilisation of resources.
- Each learner will have the opportunity to prepare for and then take the QA Resource Scheduling Best Practice exam digitally.
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