How to develop an effective schedule

Yesterday I had the paid pleasure to attend a Training Course, facilitated by Mosaic Projects by Pat Weaver, talking about “How to develop an effective schedule“.

Mosaic Training Provide 

A one day course from 09am to 04ish with 2 hours of break in between for good networking opportunities, using the facilities from AIM (Australian Institute of Project Management) with a great and addictive Bookstore in the House open to the public.

Pat has contributed to the Practice Standard for Scheduling (Chapter 3 has been written half by him),  issued by the Project Management Institute and as a certified PMP and PMP-SP is a very knowledgeable person in that field.

Pat divides the topic in 5 important steps

  • Step 1 – Planning the Planning
  • Step 2 – Developing the Baseline Schedule
  • Step 3 – Setting Reasonable Objectives
  • Step 4 – Maintaining the Plan
  • Step 5 – Reviewing & Validating the Schedule

Beside explaining the topic Pat was always referring to valuable content on his website that contributes to the topic explained. More examples are described and shown there and are open to the public.

So we have got exposed to a powerful process, understood that stakeholder management is important throughout the whole lifecycle of the plan, received a copy of “The Practice Standard for Scheduling”, got known to other peers and had the opportunity to shop in the bookstore which many of us took advantage from.

Some more practical examples and case studies (how to facilitate a Planning Workshop, good working examples of good schedules in various formats etc.) that teach you how to apply the process learned about, less basic and fundamentals, less powerpoint but more explanation and highlighting how the process need to be adapted and can be applied in organisations that are less mature would be needed.

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Torsten J. Koerting

Torsten J. Koerting is a project management-, paragliding- and Outdoor Enthusiast, Consultant, Author of several books and engaged as a speaker at many conferences. As Managing Partner at projectyzer he is specialised in supporting companies and organisations in reinventing their strategy as well as turning projects around that are in trouble. He worked in Europe, US and Australia for more than 20 years for global Blue Chips. He does hold the German and Australian Citizenship and lives with his wife and two kids between Europe and Australia. He is also a certified Bank Clerk, Executive Bachelor and Project Management Professional (PMI) and used to be Board Member of the PMI Queensland Chapter (Australia).

Comments

  1. Thank you for the feedback TJ.

    Yesterday’s course was the first complete run through of our updated and re-developed scheduling course based on the PMI practice standard. There was lots of positive feedback and we will be building the learning into the materials before rolling out the course through 2009.

    One of the changes we are planning is to move some of the technical information into ‘practice notes’ that are included with the course materials (for future reference by the trainee) freeing up time for more practical class work.

    After nearly 20 years with nothing much changing, scheduling is becoming an interesting space again. The PMI College of Scheduling is nearing the end of its ‘Scheduling Excellence Initiative’ to develop a definitive manual of scheduling best practice (see: http://www.pmicos.org/sei/COS_Website/mainpages/seiindex.html). The Chartered Institute of Building is developing a ‘Best Practice Guide’ for scheduling building projects and a range of usefully innovative tools are starting to appear (for more on these and links to the developers see Mosaic’s scheduling page at (http://www.mosaicprojects.com.au/Planning.html).

    Regards,
    Pat

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