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Estimating, Scheduling and Managing Project Performance Available Face-To-Face   Available Online


The elements of the planning phase of a project are critical to its execution and control. Through case studies and hands-on practice, take an in-depth look at each step involved in estimating time, resources and costs for budgeting and project scheduling. Plus, learn how to accurately track performance throughout the project’s lifecycle using the valuable metrics.

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Start projects on an optimistic note, with better estimates and keep them on schedule
  • Develop earned-value management metrics to measure performance
  • Have your projects come in on schedule
  • Gain immediate results to take back to your daily applications
  • Collaborate with others on real-world situations and gain immediate solutions to take back to your workplace.

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Course Outline/Topics

Seminar Outline


  • Assessing a project charter prior to creating estimates
  • What's involved in estimating time
  • Scheduled and unscheduled duration
  • Effort
  • Defining the role of the work breakdown structure in estimating
  • Estimating duration using weighted average estimating
  • Estimating and calculating effort
  • Linking a work breakdown structure to resources and costs
  • Connecting a work breakdown structure to estimated duration, scheduled duration and effort
  • Customizing Microsoft Project® to ensure estimates are accurate
  • Estimating non-HR costs


  • Creating a project roadmap (aka the schedule)
  • Types of dependencies when ordering tasks
  • Scheduling reality check
  • Types of dependencies between tasks
  • Constraints on the schedule
  • Types of constraints on start and finish dates
  • Selecting the type of constraint to use on the schedule
  • Using scheduling diagrams: Activity on Node Network Diagram, Gantt Chart, PERT Chart
  • Identifying predecessor and successor tasks for a project
  • Understanding critical path: what it is, where it is, why should I bother and how will I know it is calculated correctly
  • Scheduling resources
  • Resource leveling
  • How to calculate a productive day
  • Eight types of resource loading on the task
  • Determining if resources are over-committed and what to do about it
  • Baselining the schedule to measure progress

Performance To Date

  • Determining the types of performance to track at the beginning of a project: actuals, progress to date, stoplight reports and summary reports
  • Tracking and reconciling actuals against the estimates and the schedule
  • Interpreting a schedule stoplight report
  • What to do when the project is in trouble
  • Fast tracking a project
  • Crashing a project
  • How to decide which course of action to take
  • Interpreting and taking action on a project summary report

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This program can be applied toward the:

"Jackie was amazing. She kept the class interesting, shared real life experiences and kept us on task."
Jenny Alberti, Assurant Health, F2F class

"Barb was very easy to work with and made this online course a very comfortable experience. I understand significantly more about the complex issue of cost control in PM than I did before I began this course. "
Online Participant

"I really enjoyed the case study and group projects in Jackie's class. "
Joel LaMalfa, Capital Datat Inc., 2015

June 15-July 17
Location: Available Online
Instructor: Barbara M. Farmerie, MBA, PMP
CEUs: 1.4/PDUs: 14
Program No. 5025-7947
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Mon.-Tue., Sept. 14-15
Location: UWM School of Continuing Education (Click link for directions)
Instructor: Jackie Ramin, PMP
CEUs: 1.4/PDUs: 14
Program No. 5025-8014
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Oct.19-Nov. 13
Location: Available Online
Instructor: Barbara M. Farmerie, MBA, PMP
CEUs: 1.4/PDUs: 14
Program No. 5025-8558
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Apr. 18, 2016-May 13, 2016
Location: Available Online
Instructor: Barbara M. Farmerie, MBA, PMP
CEUs: 1.4/PDUs: 14
Enrollment Limit: 100
Program No. 5025-8608
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For more information, contact:
Maribeth Sacho, Program Associate,, 414-227-3337
Anne O'Meara, Program Director,, 414-227-3311


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