Effective Planning and Scheduling

Unit 26 Sunninghill Office Park, Peltier Dr, | Sunninghill, | Sandton 2157, | South Africa
Tuesday, 8 May 2018 at 08:30 – Wednesday, 9 May 2018 at 16:30 (SAST)


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Effective Planning and Scheduling

Course details

As project managers and leads, we all know how difficult it can be to accurately determine the duration of a project, yet that is exactly what is expected of us on a regular basis. This two-day workshop will not disclose the secret of creating an accurate schedule, because there isn’t one. However, it will provide the factors and fundamental elements that you should consider and address when creating any type of schedule. Participants should complete the Intermediate Project Management workshop prior to this course, or have equivalent knowledge.

Course Overview

Projects and Schedules

To begin, participants will review what a project is and why schedules are so important.

The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

This session will teach participants what a Work Breakdown Structure is, what its role is, what formats and numbering can be used, and the process to create one. Participants will then create their own WBS for taking a camping trip.

Estimating Activity Durations

Next, participants will receive tips on how to estimate the length of each task and the project.

Estimating Case Study

In this session, participants will perform task estimations for their camping trip project.

Identifying Task Dependencies

In this session, participants will learn key definitions and the four types of dependencies. Participants will also complete two exercises to give them some hands-on practice.

Aligning Resources with Activities

Next, participants will learn about resources, Resource Breakdown Structures, resource scheduling, and resource leveling. Participants will then complete a case study.

Effective Planning and Scheduling

Project Planning

To begin the second day, participants will learn how to create network diagrams, use the Critical Path Method and the Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT), and create Gantt charts. Participants will go through the full Critical Path Method to create a network diagram with earliest and latest start and finish times and slack.

Scheduling Software

In this session, participants will discuss the benefits and disadvantages of using project management software.

Uncertainty and Risk Management

Whether we choose to address it or not, there is some form of risk in every project we undertake. This session will give participants some ways to manage risk.


This session will explore the four key elements of any communication and give participants a framework for communicating with various project team members. Participants will also complete a communication plan.

Creating a Viable Schedule

Each of the previous topics will come together in this section to create a workable schedule. Participants will also brainstorm solutions for common scheduling problems.

Updating and Monitoring the Schedule

To wrap up the course, participants will receive some tips on schedule management.

Workshop Wrap-Up

At the end of the second day, students will have an opportunity to ask questions and fill out an action plan.

What Participants get in the price

Price includes orkshop materials, pre and post assignments, refershments, finger lunch, takeaway materials and certificate of completion.

Free Wifi Available.

Bring own Notebook, IPad and or Laptop.

If you require an invoice send an order to make your booking please contact us via ceo@interco.mjfgroup.biz

Note : As we only have limited spaces left, anyone looking to book a group into this session, please contact us directly.


Training Done By Dr Michael J Freestone. CPA. FCIS. FCIBM. MBA. DBA.
Dr Freestone began training professionally in April 2004 after a very long and diversified career with Anglo American and its associated companies, during which he wrote his proprietary range of 97 business and soft skill courses. He named the copyright company BASS, which stands for Business and Soft Skills, in remembrance of his Dad, Ray, who was an expert BASS fisherman.
Doc, as he is commonly called, managed both small business in the £1 million to £79 million range and large-scale multinational…

Doc, as he is commonly called, managed both small business in the £1 million to £79 million range and large-scale multinational (£80- £800 million in scale) with responsibility for specific strategy compilation, financial modelling, business planning and reporting. He has a heart for those just starting out in the business world and has written over 400 business plans since 2004, many of them free of charge for start-ups.

He has experience in both Executive and Non-Executive roles. (CFO, CEO, COO,) with an impressive track record of delivering outstanding results across complex multinational businesses. HIs marketing and sales plans have helped many of them succeed in very tough economic climates..

Doc is a strong leader and project manager having successfully influenced change with extensive direct team management and individual development capability.

He has used his STRATPAD Coaching skills to help many SMEs in defining their business strategy and positioning.


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