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Mar 19, 2018
2h 18m

Updated to align with the 6th Edition of the PMBOK® Guide, Developing Project Schedules is the sixth course in Pluralsight’s series preparing you for the newest version of the PMP® exam. This course continues the exploration of the Project Schedule Management knowledge area that started in the preceding course in this series, PMP Project Schedule Management. Skills discussed in that course are put to use here in developing and controlling the project schedule. First, you'll learn about the critical path methodology. Next, you'll explore Agile release planning. Finally, you'll learn about earned value management. By the end of this course, you'll know how to assemble activities and sequence data into a sophisticated schedule, empowering you to direct project work effectively.

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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. This course is the sixth in our newly updated series helping you prepare for the latest version of the PMP exam based on the sixth edition of the Project Management Body of Knowledge, better known as the PMBOK guide. By completing this course, and others in our PMP prep series, you'll not only be better prepared to ace the certification exam, but critically we'll also completely fulfill the mandatory training requirement that must be met before taking the exam. The PMP, or Project Management Professional certification, is consistently listed as one of the top five most valuable certifications for IT professionals and is also broadly applicable to a wide range of industries. Given how much new value can be created from successful projects, businesses in all sectors and of all sizes need capable project managers today. A PMP builds the skills needed to succeed and opens new doors for those with the certification. Building on topics first discussed in Project Schedule Management, the preceding course in this series, we'll look at how schedules are developed and controlled, introduce concepts like the critical path methodology, as well as agile release planning, earned value management, and more. By the end of this course, you'll be ready to start applying your new knowledge to the development and management of schedules for your project team. This course, and others in the series, cannot only help you learn more about project management and prepare for the PMP exam, but also serve as a great refresher for established project managers and is an opportunity to earn continuing education credit. I hope you'll join me on this journey to prepare for the PMP exam and learn more about developing project schedules, here at Pluralsight.

The Critical Path
Hello and welcome. I'm Casey Ayers, and this is PMP Developing Project Schedules. This is the sixth course in our path, helping you prepare for the latest edition of the PMP exam. Thus far, we've covered introduction to project management and the PMP exam, organizational influences, and the project management lifecycle, project integration management, project scope management, and project schedule management. This course is Developing Project Schedules, and along with project schedule management, cover the area of the PMBOK guide known by the same name. Now in this case, we've actually split up project schedule management across these two courses creating a small mini series within our broader learning path because this is such a critical area for our project's management. In the preceding course, Project Schedule Management, we covered a number of topics, including how we plan out our schedule management, how we define activities on our project, and how we sequence them and understand the relationships and prerequisites that might exist between different activities. Then, we also looked at how we estimate activity durations. Here in this course, we're going to move on to discuss developing our project schedule and controlling that schedule to ensure that we meet our project's objectives and stay on track. In the previous course, we really looked at developing the components of our schedule that we'll leverage within this course to bring it all together. In this first module, we're going to first look at how we prepare for project scheduling. Then, we'll look at how we develop our project schedules and introduce the critical path scheduling method, which is essential to how we manage the schedule of almost any project. Let's jump right in.

Resource Optimization and Schedule Compression
Hello, and welcome back. In the previous module, we discussed developing the project schedule and looked at the critical path method of scheduling. Now, we want to look at some Resource Optimization and Schedule Compression techniques that you can use to help make sure that your project is as effective and efficient as possible and stays as close to on track as it can from beginning to end. First, we'll look at resource leveling. Then, we'll take a closer look at resource smoothing, before moving on to crashing activities, as well as fast tracking. Lastly, we'll look at agile release planning and how it is of particular use in importance within agile environments. Let's jump right in.

Controlling Project Schedules
In this final module covering topics from the project schedule management knowledge area, we'll look at Controlling Project Schedules. First, we'll introduce the control schedule process. Then, we'll look at a variety of different ways of doing performance reviews and trend analysis. Finally, we'll look at the control schedule process's components as outlined in the PMBOK guide. Let's get started.