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Course Code: AMS100

Course Title: Project Planning, Scheduling and Control for Business Analysts

Competency Areas: Business Analysis

Delivery Types: Blended Learning, Instructor Led Training (ILT), Self-Paced Training (eLearning), Supportive Learning Artifacts, Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)

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Project Planning, Scheduling and Control for Business Analysts

14 Professional Development Units (PDUs) and Education Hours from the Project Management Institute (PMI®)
14 Continuing Development Units (CDUs) or PD Hours from the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®)

Today, businesses are focusing on project management as an effective way to manage a wide variety of issues.  This course will provide a basic overview of the project management function, covering the fundamentals of effective project planning and control.  The fundamentals provided in this course will help attendees establish an understanding of practical and insightful project management best practices, concepts and approaches.

Duration: See customizable options below

Content Learning Themes

  •  Develop Project and Program Distinctions
  •  Explain the Project Management Life Cycle
  • Awareness of Project Management Skills and Competencies
  • Define Planning Best Practices
  • Understand the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) mechanism
  • Execute Basic Estimating Practices
  •  Understand Basic Scheduling practices
  •  Assess Project Risk
  • Properly Project Set-Up for Monitoring and Controlling
  • Understand the steps to Closing a Project

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AMS offers a complete Blended Learning Solution (BLS) designed to provide content topics in support of instructor led programs. The objectives of this Blended Learning Solution are to provide participants with industry and organization specific knowledge, current best practices, and competency-based learning utilizing multiple delivery models in the most cost effective way.


Instructor Led Training
  • Delivered in 2 days
  • Maximum 25 participants
Virtual Instructor Led Training
  • Delivered in four, 3-hour sessions
  • Maximum 25 participants
Supportive Learning Artifacts
Blended Learning
  • This course can be delivered as part of a blended learning solution, contact us for more information.
  • Blended Learning
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Customization is available for all of our programs the AMS Learning Customization Model provides our clients with the option to build and customize a scalable approach to their learning efforts.


Course Outline:


  • Course Overview
  • Create the Current Issues List

Module 1: Defining a Project

  • Related PMBOK® Chapters for this Module
  • Project Definition
  • Program Definition
  • Project Constraints
  • The Modified Scope Triangle
  • Project “Creeps” to Watch Out For
  • Group Discussion #1: Create the Current Issues List

Module 2: Defining Project Management

  • Related PMBOK® Chapters for this Module
  • Definition of Project Management
  • Management Principles
  • The Project Management Process Groups
  • Project Management Life Cycles
  • Key Similarities
  • Up-Front Planning and the Pain Curve
  • Group Discussion: Implementing Critical Success Factors

Module 3: Project Initiation

  • Related PMBOK® Chapters for this Module
  • The Many Faces of the Project Request
  • Stakeholder Considerations
  • Preliminary Scope Statement
  • Front End Loading Considerations
  • Project Preliminary Execution Strategy Example
  • Preliminary Execution Strategy Checklist
  • The Critical Role of the Project (Management) Plan
  • Review of Project Plan Elements
  • Team – Competency Alignment for Planning Purposes
  • Exercise: Develop the Preliminary Execution Strategy (PES)

Module 4 Project Planning – Defining the Project

  • Related PMBOK® Chapters for this Module
  • Scope Management Development
  • Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) Definition
  • Uses of the WBS (Estimation to Risk Assessment)
  • Developing the WBS (Techniques to Ensure Completeness)
  • Exercise: Build a WBS

Module 5: Project Planning – Estimation and Scheduling

  • Estimation and Scheduling (Definition and Interdependency)
  • Objectives of a Sound Estimate
  • Basic Methods of Project Estimating
  • The Difference between Duration and Effort
  • Estimating Tools for Smaller Projects
  • Developing an Accurate Scheduling Network
  • Various Diagramming Methods
  • Calculating a Simple Network
  • Exercise: Develop the Initial Estimate and schedule for your Chosen Project

Module 6: Risk Management

  • Related PMBOK® Chapters for this Module
  • Basic Risk Management Life Cycle Review
  • Risk Categories
  • Project Risk and Large Project Integration
  • Tools for Risk Identification and Assessment
  • Outputs From Risk Identification
  • Risk Assessment
  • Exercise: Conduct a Risk Assessment for your Chosen Project

Module 7: Project Monitoring and Control

  • Inherent Difficulty in Controlling Projects
  • Project Control Components
  • Baseline Control Practices
  • Developing Relationship Milestones
  • Earned Value Management
  • Utilizing Burn Rate for Monitoring and Trending
  • Exercise: Develop the Relationship Milestones

Module 8: Closing the Project

  • Related PMBOK® Chapters for this Module
  • Project Completion
  • Terminating the Project
  • Project Closeout Checklist
  • Conducting the Lessons Learned Session



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