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Six Things Students Can Do During Their Holiday Week To Improve Their Understanding of Planning and Scheduling

May 28, 2012
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Dear Project Planning and Scheduling Students,

You have been given an extra week due to the holiday.  May I recommend some activities to help you improve your understanding of Project Planning and Scheduling?  See my list below:

1) Create a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) – Using the techniques we have learned in Project Management Essentials and Project Planning and Scheduling, create a WBS for a personal or work project.  Involve others in the activity.  The best way to solidify your learning is to teach others what you have learned.  Create a hierarchical list of the activities.  Create a network diagram of the activities and find the critical path.  Put the activities into a calendar.

2) Complete All of the Assigned Reading for Class

3) Work Through Verzuh’s Example in Chapter 6 – Work Breakdown Structure – Get out your post-its® and paper and do the steps.  Practice will increase your understanding of the process.

4) Work Through Verzuh’s Example in Chapter 7 – Realistic Scheduling – See instructions for #3.  In order to learn the process, you must physically do it.  There are no shortcuts.

5) Work Through Verzuh’s Example in Chapter 8 – The Art and Science of Accurate Estimating – See instructions for #3 and 4.

6) Answer all the end of chapter questions in Verzuh for chapters 3,4,5,7,8,9,11,13 and 16.

The material covered in Project Planning and Scheduling is essential for every Project and Program Manager.  If you do the above suggested work, you will better understand the concepts and you will build a firm foundation for studying for certification.  No one else can do the work for you.  You must practice the concepts and processes to understand them.

Have a wonderful, productive Holiday week.  See you next Monday!

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