Best Practices for Project Management and Planning

Presented by

Gus Cicala, Microsoft

About this talk

Best practices for project planning: bringing together the process and the tools to start projects right! This webcast will outline the best practices for Project Planning and align them to the capabilities of the Microsoft Project scheduling engine. We will cover the basic steps to build an optimized plan, so that everything that is known within the project scope is appropriately reflected into an achievable plan. Included will be: •The best practices for project scope definition to build the appropriate foundation for an effective project schedule. •The organizing principles necessary to create an effective a Work Breakdown Structure in Microsoft Project. •The fundamentals for linking tasks to enable Project to use the appropriate logic when building the schedule; this will include how to use leads and lag, predecessor/successor relationships, and constraints. •The application of resource management practices to bring credibility to the plan assure that the resources necessary to meet the schedule are available when needed and at the capacity needed. •A review of the various options for baselining the schedule, cost, and labor to ensure the project plan is prepared for the control and execution stages of the project.

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