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Schedule Monitoring & Controlling - Chapter Summary
You may use this chapter, its lessons and assessments to learn or improve your understanding of the monitoring and controlling phase of project management. After this chapter, you should be able to:
- Understand the purposes of change management plans
- Use project control processes to stay on budget and meet deadlines
- Create network diagrams to validate schedules and set realistic activity durations
- Be aware of items to include on project schedules like total slack, critical path and free slack
- Keep schedules up to date and even create new ones
- Use project management information systems
- Implement methods of risk management in project monitoring and controlling
- Conduct a root cause analysis and use it to determine causes of problems
Each lesson is accompanied by a brief assessment that helps you test your understanding of the material. This versatile quiz/worksheet may be completed online as a self-assessment quiz or printed out for a handy study-guide worksheet. Either way, use it with along with its accompanying lesson to help you reinforce your understanding of the material.
1. Monitoring & Controlling Phase of Project Management
A review of this lesson focuses on an overview and definition of the monitoring and controlling phase of the project management methodology and process.
2. Project Change Management: Plan & Components
One certainty for a project of any size is that there will be changes. Changes can occur to the project scope, deliverables, or documents. A Change Management Plan defines the process used to request and process changes in a controlled manner.
3. Project Control Process: Definition & Function
How do project managers control whether a project is on schedule or on budget? The quick answer is that they learn the project control process. This helps them ensure that a project is completed on time and on budget. Complete this lesson to learn more.
4. Total Slack, Critical Path & Free Slack Project Scheduling
In this lesson you will learn about project scheduling and how to include items such as total slack, critical path, and free slack. You will also learn the outputs of schedule planning.
5. Fast Tracking in Project Management: Definition & Examples
Project managers apply the compression scheduling techniques when their projects are in trouble and/or to accelerate project schedules. In this lesson, learn about fast tracking and how it is applied in project management through some examples.
6. Updating the Project Schedule & Dealing with Change
All projects encounter change, but how you handle that change can determine whether your project succeeds or fails. Read this lesson to learn how to manage change successfully.
7. How to Manage Alterations to the Scope of a Project
Changes or alternations to project scope are inevitable. In this lesson, we will examine how scope changes or alterations can occur and how to control those changes.
8. Functions of Information Systems in Project Management
If a system could make your job easier and improve your chances for project success, would you use it? This lesson explains project management information systems and how they can benefit your project.
9. Methods for Responding to Risk as it Happens
Risk is something we all encounter, just ask the insurance industry. Project managers have effective methods they use to manage risk. In this lesson, we will discuss several of these methods.
10. Schedule Performance Index: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, we will gain an understanding of what schedule performance index is, how it is used to monitor a project schedule, and how to calculate it.
11. What is What-If Analysis? - Definition & Examples
In this lesson, we'll learn about what-if analysis. We'll define the term and apply it to a few examples. The lesson will conclude with a summary and a quiz.
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