Project Planning & Scheduling Techniques

2 days


The purpose of this course is to introduce delegates to the principles of planning and organising short-term and long-term schedules at personal and team level, by practising the various techniques and disciplines required to promote effective planning and scheduling.The final day of this course explores the different skills and techniques required to influence participants to a project, together with formalising and documentinginformation.

Who Should Attend

All staff involved in estimating, planning and controlling projects

Learning Outcomes

  • Prepare estimates of effort and duration required for the project
  • Develop outlined and detailed project plans showing activities, relationships, resources and timescales.
  • Agree and implement procedures to monitor the project


No prior experience in project management is assumed

Course Outline

Day 1

  • Understanding a Project Definition
  • Project Characteristics

Estimating Techniques

  • Types of Estimates
  • Breakdown of Project Effort by Stage
  • Basic Rules for Estimating
  • Estimating Task Effort
  • Contingencies
  • Refining Estimates
  • Understanding Soft and Hard Plans
  • Allowances and Contingency

Outline Planning

  • Calculating Staff Availability
  • Performance Adjustment
  • Time Contingency

Planning Techniques

  • Dependency Tables
  • Activity Networks
  • Time Analysis

Practical Session

Day 2

Resourcing and Task Allocation

  • Task Allocation
  • Planning Work Programmes
  • Resource Planning
  • Time Contingency
  • Resource Smoothing
  • Resourcing Issues
  • An Overview of Change Control
  • Quality Control Overview

Progress Control

  • Agreeing the Monitoring Process
  • Collecting Performance Data
  • Producing Control Reports
  • Estimated Completion Date
  • Actioning Control Reports
  • Project Management Reports
  • Progress Reports