Fundamentals of Project Scheduling and Control
September 19-20, 2017
Chicago, IL

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Many leaders and subject matter experts are put into roles of project managers without the tools or training to be successful.  This course is aligned with the global standards within Project Management Institute’s “Project Management Body of Knowledge” and pairs it with real life scenarios, examples and hands-on exercises on how to apply the concepts to plan and manage projects successfully.

The class format is an interactive workshop simulating a case study project from planning through execution/control.  The same case study project will be used so the attendees can see how the project management tools integrate with each other. The specific class flow starts with presentation of a project management concept, followed by a table team exercise to apply the concept.  There are read-outs of table team results followed by a re-cap of lessons learned and benefits of the technique/tool that was part of the exercise.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define a step-by-step approach to create a realistic project schedule, including the three inputs needed by a project scheduling tool
  • Practice and improve estimation of project costs, resources, and time
  • Define techniques to manage schedule, costs, issues and scope throughout the project
  • Evaluate and improve overall ability to consistently complete deliverables on time, within budget and according to requirements
  • Discuss how to increase efficiency and effectiveness in planning and execution of projects
  • Apply project management tools and techniques back at work



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day, be in attendance for the entirety of the course

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations, demonstrations, group exercises and classroom discussion


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Training

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

Overview of Project Management Framework and Key Deliverables

  1. Relationship of project management to project life cycle(s)
  2. High level project management process
  3. Key project management deliverables applicable to all projects, no matter how big or small
  4. The “Triple Constraint” and how it can be used to identify and communicate project priorities amongst project stakeholders; plus, table team exercise
  5. Walk through a completed project charter for the case study exercise

Project Planning:  How to Create a Realistic Project Schedule:

    1. Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
      • Benefits of using a WBS and a step-by-step process on how to create one
      • Team exercise to create a Work Breakdown Structure for the case study project
    2. Estimating
      • Understand the differences between effort and duration estimates
      • Methods to derive task durations
      • Estimating techniques, estimating accuracy tips
      • Team exercise to calculate duration and effort for the case study project
    3. Project Schedule Network Diagram
      • Understand the four types of task dependencies
      • Step by step approach to create a Project Schedule Network Diagram
      • Various techniques to compress a project schedule
      • Understand the benefits of knowing where the critical path flows through the project and the benefits of knowing where there is float
      • Team exercise to create a Project Schedule Network Diagram for the case study project, including sequence and interdependencies between tasks, identifying the critical path, calculating float and determining start and finish dates for the schedule
    4. Team exercise to create a Milestone Schedule to be used in Status Report team exercise

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Course Training

Project Execution and Control

How to manage a project, keep it on track and keep the team motivated through-out the project

      1. Understand various techniques to create an effective, high-performing project team
      2. Tools and techniques to clearly define roles and responsibilities
      3. Project team meetings
      4. Schedule tracking and management
        • How to read a Project Gantt Chart
        • How to use a Project Gantt Chart to keep a project on track
      5. Project status reporting
        • Key components of a Status Report that communicate the health of a project
        • Team exercise to create a Status Report for the case study project
      6. Issue management
        • Walk through a template of an Issues Log
        • Team exercise to classify issues
      7. Scope management
        • Establish a scope control process
        • Walk through a template of a Scope Change Log


Barbara Schrage PMP, MCPM, President, Practical Project Management, LLC

Barbara has over 25 years of experience in all aspects of project management, program management and project portfolio management, culminating in the role of Asst. Vice President of a centralized Project Management Office (PMO) in a Fortune 500 Financial Services organization.  As leader of the PMO, she had accountabilities for project portfolio management, project prioritization, project approvals, project methodology, and project metrics. In addition, she was accountable for results of projects led by the Project & Program Managers within the PMO. She mentored and developed leadership skills in project and program managers. 

Barbara owns a consulting business called Practical Project Management, LLC. She helps her clients mature their project management practices in various ways, such as implementing Project Management Offices, implementing Project Portfolio Management and standardizing and improving their project management processes. She teaches classes within UW-Madison’s Master’s Certificate in Project Management and also teaches on-site Project Management classes for her clients.


Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel
163 E Walton Place
Chicago, IL 60611

To reserve your room, please call 1-312-751-8100
Please indicate that you are with the EUCI group to receive the group rate.

Room Rate:

The room rate is $229.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.

Room Block Dates:

A room block has been reserved for the nights of September 18 – 19, 2017.

Rate Available Until:

Make your reservations prior to August 28, 2017. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.


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