Introduction to Project Planning

Course Overview:

Duration: 1 Day
Pre-requisites: None.
Aimed at: People requiring insight into the best principles and practices of project planning and management.
Objectives: Delegates will be given an understanding of the current techniques used in project planning. This will be reinforced using practical exercises to illustrate the processes involved.

This course is incorporated into the 2 day Microsoft Project Foundation, but is also available as a 1 day course in itself.

Course Content:

  1. Foreword
  2. Project Planning
  3. Why Plan

Planning The Plan

  1. The Plan Feedback Cycle
  2. Conclusion
  3. Network Techniques
  4. History and Development
  5. Bar Charts
  6. Formats and Methods
  7. Precedence Networks
  8. Defining Activities or Tasks
  9. Using Milestones
  10. Naming Tasks
  11. Defining Duration’s
  12. Defining Dependencies
  13. Understanding Predecessor/Successor relationships
  14. Correctly Identifying Link Types
  15. Conventions

Preparing and Maintaining a Plan (practical exercises)

  1. Preparing The Outline Network
  2. List Activities for Each Phase
  3. Establish Logical links
  4. Drawing The Network
  5. Critical Path Analysis
  6. Handling and Understanding Float
  7. Using Calendars
  8. Resource Needs and Allocation
  9. Resource Costs
  10. Evaluating the Schedule and Communicating the Plan
  11. Schedule Evaluation
  12. Project Dates
  13. Reviewing Task Order, Relationships and Constraints
  14. Resource Work and Costs
  15. The Importance of Project Baselines
  16. Communicating the Project Plan
  17. Report Cycles in Project Management
  18. Tracking Progress and Controlling the Project
  19. Updating the Schedule
  20. Communicating with the resources
  21. Collecting the Data, Data Forms
  22. Understanding and Handling Change
  23. Project Closure
  24. Creating Company Project Standards

Further Training:

Project Management Principles, Project Management Workshops Intermediate and Advanced

The above is an outline intended as a guide only; topics may not be covered in this order. Actual course content will be tailored to suit client’s needs.

Contact John Cowie on 0791 787 4739 to book your course, or use our enquiry form to send us a message.