FIVE (5) FREE WHITE PAPERS COURSE ON PROJECT PLANNING AND SCHEDULING-YOUR FORMULA TO SUCCESS! (STANDARD)
Five FREE WHITE PAPERS to Help Get Your Project Planning & Scheduling Engines Going! Hold keys to your project's success! Enroll for FREE now!
PM Solution Pro Continuing Education will send the first FREE WHITE PAPER to you upon enrolment and every other day thereafter until you get all five of them. Enjoy reading these useful materials. REMEMBER, THESE COURSE MATERIALS ARE ABSOLUTELY FREE!
- FREE WHITE PAPER NO. 1 “PLAN TO SCHEDULE, SCHEDULE TO PLAN”
Underlines the misconception plaguing all fields of management. A true management professional must understand what it is all about! The document explains that a clear line of sight and an irrevocable link must always exist between risk-based planning and risk-based scheduling. This PM Solution Pro white paper proves that the two, although distinct, are mutually interdependent processes. The big word of advice to remember: DON'T TRY TO SEPARATE THE TWO! Any leader who espouse separation, intending to make them two completely independent processes is asking for trouble ahead and will be subject to strong criticism from those who know better.
- FREE WHITE PAPER NO. 2 "REFLECTION IN RETROSPECT: PLANNERS, SCHEDULERS, PLANS, SCHEDULES, QUALITY"
Touches on the top three fundamental project schedule qualities required; i.e. 1) integrated, 2) complete, and 3) aligned. Approved quality benchmarks are minimum schedule qualities that, if properly satisfied, effectively support a reliable schedule quantitative risk assessment leading to an achievable and believable baseline. Achieving the minimum schedule quality, in effect, addresses and should successfully mitigate high inherent schedule risks. Sticking to approved schedule quality standards prevents and reduces risks. It helps achieve project objectives. This especial writeup also discusses the Obligation of Planners and Schedulers, Top Good Quality Attributes of Plan and Schedule, Schedule Quality as a Risk Driver, Qualitative and Quantitative Risk Analysis, Relationship between Schedule and Schedulers, and the Uses of Project Schedule. Familiarizing with the aforementioned will give you, a project management practitioner, more confidence and clout. You start behaving like a true risk-based manager that you are via a risk-based thinking approach.
- FREE WHITE PAPER NO. 3 "GOOD SCHEDULE INTEGRATION, AN IMPORTANT REQUISITE TO PROJECT SUCCESS"
This is a fitting third installment from us here at PM Solution Pro. This writeup will help you appreciate the importance of schedule integration through out the project's phases. Understanding that proper integration is one of schedule's best quality attributes and implementing the concept will surely lead to better project results. Reflect on your own professional experience about plan and schedule integration and you'll realize quickly that integration is needed for all management elements to communicate properly and prevent the project from falling apart. If you agree in the veracity of this idea, then that would be awesome!
- FREE WHITE PAPER NO. 4 "EFFECTS OF CONSTRAINTS ON THE CRITICAL PATH"
Constraints imposed on schedule activities are multiple limitations that can complicate execution. They can make it more challenging and difficult to manage time. This FREE WHITE PAPER provides knowledge on how to better handle some of your project's specific situation! Do you want you to better understand how constraints influence your schedule? If you do, then this document might hold the key to solving your dilemma.
- FREE WHITE PAPER: "TOP TEN PREREQUISITES OF A SCHEDULE BASELINE"
We want a reliable project baseline for all established processes to work well. The official schedule baseline gives the project a good line of sight to what it wants. Having a good baseline increases the company’s strategic advantage and makes it more successful compared to those who have none. Project baseline must be established according to plan, with care and prudence, following the ten prerequisites provided in this White Paper as a minimum. Better to learn ahead of time than learning through mistakes! A must read for project managers who want to dig a little deeper to schedule baselining.
Try talking about your plan and almost immediately, you will have to talk about schedules, for what is a plan without a schedule? A schedule underlines the seriousness of a plan. You wanted to execute the plan by following the schedule. The plan is the schedule’s shadow. The schedule is the plan’s shadow. Hand in hand always. There is no going around them.
As a matter of fact, it is difficult not to frown when anyone say, “To manage the project better, just concentrate on planning. Forget scheduling! All this project needs to have is a good planner.” Sadly, nothing could be further from the truth! Somebody is missing the integral idea of the two processes. I wonder if their respective organization survives the future with them at the helm.
If you enjoyed reading these five FREE WHITE PAPERS installments and are interested to get going for more on the subject of planning and scheduling, then I invite you to check my three books available in PM Solution Pro, Amazon, Indigo, Chapters and other international outlets.
It will excite you to touch each stage of the project’s life cycle, the requirements, challenges, tools, methodologies, techniques, and more! You may not know how to plan and schedule well right now or you may believe that you are already an expert but there are always skills to gather.
Real learning is layer upon layer of knowledge. Plan to give yourself time to read. Do not let time control your actions. Control time through planning and scheduling. It applies to things as simple as your learning habits or as complex as managing your company’s mega-project. Follow your own path of learning. Read on, digest, and you will be satisfied!
Recommended PM Solution Pro Continuing Education books
- Risk-based Management in the World of Threats and Opportunities: A Project Controls Perspective.ISBN 978-0-9947608-0-7.Canada
- Plan to Schedule, Schedule to Plan.ISBN 978-0-9947608-2-1.Canada
- How to Create a Good Quality P50 Risk-based Baseline Schedule.ISBN 978-0-9947608-1-4.Canada
- Schedule Quantitative Risk Analysis (Traditional Method).ISBN 978-0-9947608-3-8.Canada
Rufran C. Frago, P. Eng., PMP, CCP, PMI-RMP, is the Founder/Business and Project Consultant of PM Solution Pro, a Canadian company focusing on all business-related risk-based management consulting products and services. He has many years of international professional work experience in Oil & Gas, Petrochemicals, Oleo-chemicals, Sugar Refining, Manufacturing, Utilities/Nuclear, Consulting, and Education. He has worked with several multinational companies in various parts of the world (Location: Asia, Middle East, Canada, and North Africa). His expertise includes project management, risk analysis, risk-based planning & scheduling, cost management, auditing, maintenance, operation, EH&S, and reliability engineering. He is interested in providing solutions and innovations to all clients and stakeholders.
Rufran is the author of the following books: 1) Risk-Based Management in the World of Threats and Opportunities: A Project Controls Perspective ISBN 978-0-9947608-0-7 (Canada), How to Create a Good Quality P50 Risk-based Baseline Schedule ISBN 978-0-9947608-1-4.Canada, Plan to Schedule, Schedule to Plan ISBN 978-0-9947608-2-1.Canada, Schedule Quantitative Risk Analysis (Traditional Method) ISBN 978-0-9947608-3-8 (Canada), and RISK, What are you? The Risk Management Poem: Children's Book for all Professionals, ISBN 978-0-9947608-4-5 (Canada).
He has diplomas in Petroleum Refinery Maintenance, BS Mechanical Engineering, and BS Management Engineering. He has completed Computer Technician Program, Applied Project Management Professional program, Professional Management Program major in Construction Administration and Risk Management.
He is a self-taught artist who loves landscape painting, free-hand drawing, portraiture, cartooning, video editing, and a few others. The author wants to share his knowledge to all and to leave behind some form of legacy, most especially to his wife, children, and lovely grandchildren, Eva and Mia.