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Beginner's Guide<br>to Project Scheduling
Beginner's Guide
to Project Scheduling
Chapter 9:


Top 10 Wikipedia Links

Schedule (Project Management):
Description of a project schedule with an overview and a short summary of methods.

Gantt Chart:
Description of a Gantt chart and its history along with some examples.

Work Breakdown Structure:
Description of a work breakdown structure with an overview explaining the details of the WBS, its history and a detailed section on the design and creation.

Program Evaluation and Review Technique:
The PERT is explained through history, terminology and implementation. There are also advantages and disadvantages of the system and an intro on its relation to project scheduling.

Dependency (Project Management):
Task dependencies are explained with their standard types, as well as advanced types of task dependencies.

Critical Path Method:
The history of the Critical Path, the concept and the basics of creating it.

Milestone (Project Management):
Description of milestones in project management and how to use them in project scheduling.

Project Planning:
Short description of project planning with inputs and other links related to the planning.

Project Management Institute:
Overview of the Project Management Institute (PMI), with its history and list of certifications offered - including PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)

Project Management Body of Knowledge:
Description of PMBOK, explained with the history, the purpose and extension, as well as alternatives and critics.

Top 10 Industry Blogs
This website is for project managers, and provides a listing of solutions and plenty of articles on project management.

Girls Guide to PM:
Elizabeth is an author and project manager who writes the blog A Girl’s Guide To Project Management. She has also written 3 books about managing projects and is a frequent speaker at conferences on project topics.

Project Accelerator:
This blog aims at giving the latest updates and trends in project management for leadership, PMO, PM professionals.

Tyner Blain:
Blog by Tyner Blain, a PM and strategy consultant in Dublin.
Powered by PMI is the bridge that fills in the gaps - providing help to project managers in a number of ways. It is a community for project managers in all industries and provides insight from several well known project managers.

Project Times:
This website has a lot of resources regarding Project management; WP, articles, certifications and industry events.

Project Management Guru:
Advice and support for your project management questions.

How to Manage a Camel:
Blog from Arras people, the recruiting agency for PMs in the UK.

The Entrepmeur:
Chris Cook, a writer and project management theory expert.

Kiron Bondale’s blog:
Kiron Bondale's musings on project portfolio and change management.

Top 10 Experts to Follow On Linkedin

Harold Kerzner:
Senior Executive Director with International Institute for Learning, Inc. Dr. Kerzner is a globally recognized expert on project, program, and portfolio management, and strategic planning and the author of the best-selling project management books.

Richard H. Thayer:
Consultant and lecturer in software engineering, project management, software engineering standards, software requirements engineering, and software quality assurance. Dr. Thayer has edited and co-edited ten tutorial books for the IEEE Computer Society Press. He edited the two-volume CSDP Resource Guide and developed the CSDP Exam Preparation Course. He has authored more than 40 technical papers, and reports on software project management, software engineering and software engineering standards.

Quentin Fleming:
Independent Management Consulting Professional and author of Earned Value Project Management.

John Filicetti:
Sr. Sales Engineer/PM-PMO-PPM Consultant with a great depth of experience and expertise in enterprise project management, project management methodologies, Project Portfolio Management (PPM), Project Management Offices (PMOs), Governance, process consulting, and business management.

Alejandro Aramburu:
PMP, senior project manager at NEC Argentina S.A. in San Luis, Argentina.

Michelle Colodzin:
PMI-SP, PMP, senior project consultant at MetaVista Consulting Group in Folsom, California, USA. Ms. Colodzin presented her paper, “The Five Secrets of Project Scheduling,” at the Fifth Annual College of Scheduling Conference in 2008.

Joseph Lukas:
PMP, vice president, PMCentersUSA, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

Patrick Weaver:
PMI-SP, PMP, managing director of Mosaic Project Services Pty. Ltd. in Melbourne, Australia.

Bob Sutton:
Professor of Management Science and Engineering and a Professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford University. He has published over 100 articles and chapters in peer-reviewed journals and the popular press. Sutton’s books include Weird Ideas That Work, The Knowing-Doing Gap (with Jeffrey Pfeffer), and Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense (with Jeffrey Pfeffer). His last two books, The No Asshole Rule and his current book Good Boss, Bad Boss, are both New York Times best sellers. His newest book (with Huggy Rao), is Scaling-Up Excellence: Getting to More without Settling for Less.

Kiron Bondale:
Kiron has managed multiple mid-to-large-sized change management projects, and has worked in both internal and professional services project management capacities. He has setup and managed Project Management Offices (PMO) and has provided project portfolio management and project management consulting services to over a hundred clients across multiple industries.

Top 10 Analyst Firms

An American research and advisory firm providing information technology related insight for IT and other business leaders.

American independent technology and market research company that provides advice on existing and potential impact of technology, to its clients and the public.

Digital Clarity Group:
Research-driven advisory firm focused on helping business leaders navigate the digital transformation by providing advice across four themes: Consumer Engagement, the Social Enterprise, Innovative Change, and Adaptive Technology.

Everest Group:
Global management consulting and research firm that advises clients on global services issues.

Leading global technology research and advisory firm.

An analyst and advisory firm with an evidence-based approach to market and service provider assessments and an unrivalled BPO and outsourcing knowledge covering an extensive range of business processes and industry sectors.

CXP BARC (Business Application Research Center):
Leading enterprise software industry analyst and consulting firm delivering information to more than 1,000 customers each year.

IDC International Data Corporation (IDC):
Premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy.

HfS Research:
Leading analyst authority and global community for business operations and IT services. The firm helps enterprises validate and improve their global operations with world-class research, benchmarking and peer networking.

451 Research:
Over 100 analysts deployed worldwide, each providing critical and timely insight into the competitive dynamics of innovation in emerging technology segments.

Top 5 Social Groups

PMI Scheduling community of practice on Linkedin:
The PMI Scheduling Community of Practice is the only worldwide organization dedicated solely to advancing the techniques, practice and profession of Project Scheduling. The CoP is involved in all aspects and applications of the vitally important function of Project Scheduling.

Planners & schedulers & project control professionals on Linkedin:
The purpose of this group is to create a Professional Planning, Scheduling and Project Controls platform where all experts can share their experiences and ideas, support like-minded people and train the next generation of professionals.

Production planning and scheduling on Linkedin:
Production planning and scheduling is as much an art as it is a science. Despite the presence of several decision support tools, it remains an esoteric subject known to relatively few people.

Factory Production scheduling and planning on Linkedin:
The purpose of this group is to inspire communication between individuals who work in this industry and are seeking to solve their own scheduling problems or find work in helping others to solve them.

Scheduling Excellence Initiative on Linkedin:
Best Practices & Guidelines for Scheduling. They have forums posted on SmoothProjects to receive comments and responses for each topic.

Top 2 Associations

Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. They advance careers, improve organizational success and further mature the profession of project management through their globally recognized standards, certifications, resources, tools, academic research, publications, professional development courses and networking opportunities.

The award-winning Association for Project Management is committed to developing and promoting project and programme management through its FIVE Dimensions of Professionalism. There are a number of ways in which members can benefit from what they do, including:membership, qualifications, events, publications, community, resources.

Top 10 Schools + Certifications

Coursea - Budgeting & Scheduling Projects:
In this course you’ll learn to plan and stick to time and cost constraints in order to ensure the success of your projects.

Brain Sensei - Complete PMP® Exam Prep Course:
This course offers 6 modules including Project Management Overview, Initiating a Project, Planning a Project, Executing a Project, Monitoring & Controlling a Project and Closing a Project.

SimplLearn - PMP® Certification Training Course:
The most popular Project Management course, based on PMBOK® Guide - Fifth Edition, teaches you 5 process groups & 10 knowledge areas, along with the 35 PDU mandated for PMP certification.

Alison - Modern Project Management - Managing the Project Start-up, Scheduling and Budgeting:
This course is broken down into three key areas: how to manage the start-up phase where a project is selected and started, how to create and manage project schedules, and finally how to estimate and manage the project costs.

Wisconsin School of business - Project Management: Planning, Scheduling, and Control:
Time management, cost management, scope management, quality management, risk management, project integration, communication management, and human resource management.

PM Student - The Project Scheduling Course:
This course explains universal scheduling concepts, followed by specific discussion and examples of waterfall, lean/kanban, agile/scrum, and critical chain project scheduling.

PMI Scheduling Professional -  PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)®:  
The PMI-SP® will recognise your knowledge and skill to drive the improved management of project schedules. Includes free project controls resources and training with experts.

ChangeQuest - Introduction to Project Management:
This course introduces best practice project management concepts and techniques that help people deliver successful projects. It is very practical and focuses on how best to set-up a project for success, create a robust plan and manage the delivery of a project.

Hemsley Fraser - Project Planning, The Skills in a Day:
The workshop is based around a ‘live’ case study project which has already been agreed in principle in the ‘concept’ phase, subject to final planning work. The workshop is highly interactive with a skilled and experienced trainer taking the part of the project sponsor, to ensure delegates are directed and supported through the planning process.

TwentyEighty Strategy Execution - Scheduling and Cost Control:
In this course you will focus on managing the constraints typical of many a project such as, limits on time, human resources, materials, budget and specifications. Learn a sound, logical framework for scheduling and controlling project activities and discover ways to work within the identified constraints without curtailing creativity and innovation.

Our Top 5 Project Scheduling Software

Genius Project:
Enterprise project managemewnt software with its own Gantt Chart tool, collaboration platform with a bulletin board and capacity planning with soft booking functions, in addition to powerful features that span the entire project lifecycle from idea to project completion.

Cloud based project management software based on collaborative work. It has planning features in order to scope size, estimate the project schedule and the resources required.

Project and portfolio management software with its own project scheduler offering gantt charts and task assignments. Sciforma scheduler allows simulations of new assignments.

Project Place:
Project portfolio, project directory and project archive management software.

MS Project:
Part of the office suite and has a scheduling module to help organizations and the application create critical path.

Our Top 5 Annual PM Events

PMI EMEA Conference:
Join hundreds of project, programme and portfolio managers from multinational organisations around the world to share best practises, identify new trends and reinforce core skills. Hosted by PMI, the world leader in project management advocacy, collaboration, education and research. 

Gartner PPM Summit:
Gartner Program & Portfolio Management Summit 2017 agenda features four comprehensive tracks covering resource management, agile development, information logistics and more. Gain the insights and strategies you need to advance the new PPM culture and your personal program and portfolio management leadership to drive innovation at the speed of business.

APM Project Management Conference:
The award-winning APM Project Management Conference sponsored by 20|20 Business Insight, has a long-held reputation for bringing together the world’s most influential and thought-provoking speakers from your profession.

AIPM National Conference:
AIPM's National Conference offers the opportunity for project managers and those working in the project management field to share skills, knowledge and experience and network with peers. The annual conference is the premier event for the project management profession in Australia.

PMO Symposium:
Join the world’s top PMO executives, organizational leaders and senior decision makers to learn and discuss proven strategies that drive success. Over 80 sessions and workshops focused on benefits realization management and demonstrating the value of your PMO with topics including:Embedding a benefits-focused mindset in the business, Strategic approaches for mega-project delivery, Utilization of active governance for benefits realization, Evolving from traditional to a strategic driven PMO, Leveraging capability-driven agile within the PMO.

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