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Jun 30, 2017
2h 2m

An effective PM needs to learn to lead projects with confidence, develop and meet requirements, and come in on time and within budget. In this course, Developing Project Schedules and Budgets, you will take an in-depth look at how projects are scheduled and budgeted. First, you will learn how to sequence tasks and understand dependencies. Next, you will determine critical paths and allocate resources. Finally, you will learn to track expenditures, and harness agile methods. When you are finished with this course, you will have the knowledge necessary to schedule and budget your own projects, and be ready to continue your learning for the CompTIA Project+ exam.

About the author
About the author

Casey has experience leading projects in many fields, including healthcare, digital media, mobile app development, consumer product design, education, and event management. He's constantly in pursuit of new challenges and loves to share what he learns along the way with others.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone. My name is Casey Ayers, and welcome to my course, Developing Project Schedules and Budgets. I'm the author of Pluralsight's series of PMP and Business Analysis courses, and now it's my pleasure to help you learn more about project management and prepare for the CompTIA Project+, PK0-004 exam with this third course in our CompTIA Project+ series. Earning a CompTIA Project+ certification is a great way to express your interest in project management as a profession, hone your skills, and learn about some of the tools and techniques leaders in the field utilize to find success. Best of all, the only requirement to take the exam and earn the CompTIA Project+ certification is a passion to learn more about project management. Some of the major topics that we'll cover include developing project schedules, implementing Agile methods, and developing project budgets. By the end of this course, you'll know how to define and sequence activities, understand how their relationships impact how projects are scheduled, how to find your project's critical path, how to estimate activity durations and costs, how to implement Agile principles in your project environment, and how to use earned value management techniques to quantitatively judge your project's performance. Interest in learning more about project management is the only prerequisite for this course, though exposure to project environments can certainly help as well. This course, and others in the series, can not only help you learn more about project management and prepare for the Project+ exam, but also serve as a great refresher for established project managers and as an opportunity to earn continuing education credit towards certifications like the PMP. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn more about managing projects and the CompTIA Project+ certification with this course, Developing Project Schedules and Budgets, at Pluralsight.

Implementing Agile Methods
In this module, we'll begin by looking at the differences between project life cycles in order to better understand how Agile project environments differ from predictive, plan-driven ones, and to see how these philosophies intermingle in iterative project environments. Then, we'll move on to look at some of the roles unique to Agile environments, learning how scrub masters differ from product owners and how responsibilities are divided in managing projects. After that, we'll take a look at how to plan effective sprints, a defined period of time in which a component of the project work is completed and how to tools like scrum boards and burndown charts can help in meeting our goals. Finally, we'll look at two types of meetings unique to Agile environments, daily standups and scrum retrospectives and learn how each of these are essential to an Agile project's success. Let's get started.

Developing Project Budgets
In this module, we'll begin by discussing the many factors that should be considered when estimating costs. Then, we'll look at how some of the estimation techniques we first applied to our project schedule can now be applied to our budget. After that, we'll discuss the importance of budgetary reserves and show how a baseline budget should be designed that properly captures both our cost estimates and the funds we've set aside for unexpected overruns. Then, we'll move on to the discuss the importance of expense tracking before introducing earned value management techniques that can help us quantitatively gauge how well we are performing on our project's work. Let's get started.