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Getting Projects Back on Track


Duration: 1 Day

Method: Instructor led

Price: $600.00

Course Code: PM5000


Project managers, team members, team leaders, foreman, supervisors, and managers interested in getting late projects back on track.


Despite the best planning possible, project schedules will slip. Once this happens, there are several things that project managers can do to help recoup lost time. The primary approaches to follow fall into three categories: optimizing dependency relationship models; adjusting task estimates; and modifying the resource to task assignments. This workshop explains each of the techniques in these categories, discusses the specific project aspects to analyze and adjust when appropriate, and reviews the benefits and drawbacks of using each technique. By understanding and applying these various techniques, project managers can keep their project models more accurate, and hence their projects on track.WORKSHOP EXAMPLES AND EXERCISES:This course uses examples and exercises to demonstrate the various aspects of Time Management. Examples are worked on together in class, with the instructor demonstrating or explaining the operations, and the participants performing the same operations. Exercises are case study-based and are performed by the participants on their own or in small groups to allow them to practice. The case studies are selected by the team from three possible cases: an awards banquet project, a new software package implementation, and a building restoration; allowing participants to select a project they can best relate to.


Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Appropriately model dependency relationships in a project
  • Create project “early warning systems” to flag potential problems sooner
  • Develop and use more effective tracking techniques
  • Explain the differences between time-constrained and resource-constrained tasks and their effects on schedules
  • Understand how and when to add resources to resource constrained tasks
  • Analyze and adjust time-constrained tasks
  • Optimize estimates based on economies of scale, skill factors and other resource-related considerations
  • Describe the important considerations for “crashing” projects
  • Negotiate for additional resources, schedule adjustments or scope reductions


  • I.Adjusting Dependency Relationships
    • Review Dependency Relationships
      • Group Activity: What are Dependencies?
      • Three Common Relationships
    • Modifying Relationships with Lead or Lag
    • How and When to Hammock Tasks
    • Exercise 1: Select Case Study and Identify and Analyze Task Relationships
  • II.Creating and Using “Early Warning Systems”
    • What is an Early Warning System?
    • Creating Milestones
    • Creating Appropriate Milestone Dependencies
    • Assigning Constraints to Milestones
    • Exercise 2: Create an Appropriate Early Warning System for the Case Study Project
  • III.Adjusting Estimates
    • Understanding the Difference Between Time-Constrained and Resource-Constrained Tasks
    • Reducing Time-Constrained Task Durations
    • Accounting for Skill, Interruptions and Multitasking on Resource- Constrained Tasks
    • Adjusting Estimates for Economies of Scale
    • Exercise 3: Modify Estimates for Case Study Project
  • IV.Modifying Resources
    • Scheduling Overtime
    • Swapping Resource Assignments
    • Divisible Versus Non-Divisible Tasks
    • Adding More Resources
    • Costs and Benefits of “Crashing” the project.
    • Exercise 4: Review and Adjust Resource
    • Assignments to Case Study Project
  • V.Negotiating with Clients
    • Understand Negotiation
    • Preparing to Negotiate
    • Handling the Negotiation Session
    • Honoring the Negotiated Changes
    • Exercise 5: Negotiate for a Time, Cost or Scope Change for the Case Study Tasks
  • VI.Review and Evaluations