Advanced Project Planning, Scheduling and Control

In a business environment increasingly pressured by time efficiency as a key competitive advantage, schedule management in projects and programs has become a critical competency. However, project and program scheduling it is still an immature discipline in many project-based organizations. Schedules are very often developed based on empirical approaches, without following well-established international standards and best practices. Many organizations do not develop their own internal scheduling standards to support time management in their projects and programs. Therefore, project and program professionals involved in developing and using schedules for management purposes often are not qualified and do not have the necessary knowledge, skills and expertise to make adequate use of schedule models to support management decisions aimed at making projects and programs to deliver the scope and benefits on time.

Proper scheduling requires the consideration of various elements of effective time-management, namely: activity and schedule duration estimation, integration with scope definition and management, establishing activities’ progress criteria, using internal and external dependencies, integration with resource estimation and management, integration with cost estimation and management, integration with risk analysis and management, and integration with communications management, performance reporting and with performance management ultimately sustaining Earned Value Management implementation.

This course covers exhaustively all the above elements and offers and hands-on approach, with real life examples, to effective project and program schedule development and delay management.

Top Learning Objectives

  • Understand and learn the core principles of the scheduling discipline as applied to the management of projects and programs
  • Know the main international standards and recommended practices for project and program scheduling issued by the most prestigious associations, in particular the AACE International, PMI and CPM
  • Know and understand the AACE International recommended practice RP19-xx “Schedule Classification System”
  • Understand and learn to implement in practice the main scheduling techniques
  • Understand the scheduling core concepts and learn the standard terminology as the basis for effective communication about time management and performance in projects and programs
  • Know and learn how to use in practice the scheduling disciplined to diagnose delays, develop recovery plans, allocate accountability, and develop lessons learned
  • Know and learn how to use in practice the schedule discipline to interact, engage, manage and negotiate with program and project stakeholders
  • Know the professional certifications available in the market related to scheduling in projects and programs
  • Know the potential benefits and requirements of scheduling software tools, and in particular Microsoft Project
  • Understand how scheduling integrates with other project and program management disciplines

Who Should Attend?

  • Project Controls Manager
  • Project Planners & Schedulers
  • Project Controllers
  • Portfolio Specialists
  • Programme Directors/Managers
  • Project Planners & Schedulers
  • Risk Management Offices Staff
  • Project Management Office Staff
  • Project Team Members
  • Cost Managers
  • Cost Controllers & Engineers
  • Project Sponsors
  • Project Consultants
  • Project Specialists
  • Project Engineers
  • Top Management

Trainer's Background

  • Over 25 years of professional experience in Project Management in different parts of the world.
  • Author, Core Team Member and Leader – PMI Practice Standard for Earned Value Management (2nd & 3rd Ed).
  • One of the Author of the 2nd Edition of the EVM Practice Standard, and of teams that developed the PMBOK® (3rd Ed.) and OPM3 ® (1st Ed.).
  • Founding President of AACE Portugal Section (Present).
  • Coordinator of Technical Commission in Portugal (CT175) for the ISO Working Groups for Project Management (21500), EVM (21508), and WBS (21511) (Present).
  • Founding President of the PMI Portugal Chapter and Mentor of PMI Chapters in Europe.
  • Founding Vice-President of Operations of the College of Performance Management (CPM) of Colombia (Present).
  • Named PM Ambassador in Portugal by the PM Forum International (USA).
  • Named EVM Ambassador in Europe by the Earned Value Management Europe Association.


Face-to-Face Masterclass
Date: 3rd – 5th June 2024
Time: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

Combine this training with 2-Day Project Risk Management Course


“The course integrated theory and practice with relevant examples. The interest of the instructor in adding knowledge aligned with our background. Full of practical and pedagogical examples. The experience of Alexandre Rodrigues and his way of teaching were a major benefit.”

– Fundação Instituto de Administração (FIA) – Brazil