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Time Management Strategies for Project Management

Develop your time management skills and discover time management strategies to ensure every project you manage runs smoothly.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Time Management Strategies for Project Management

Learn how to get your projects running like clockwork

Every project manager or project leader has had a project that seems to spiral out of control - absorbing more time and resource than was planned. This course will help you stop that happening.

You will learn time management strategies to help you prevent projects becoming unmanageable and develop the fundamental skills of a project manager to make sure every project you run meets its deadlines.

Now is the time to put an end to runaway projects.

What topics will you cover?

  • Introduce the time management processes
  • Explain the key concepts in time management, including lags and leads, critical path, feeding buffers, resource leveling, resource smoothing, schedule completion date, target completion date, milestones.
  • Explain various tools and methods improving time management, including Precedence Diagraming Method (PDM), Critical Path Methods, Critical Chain Method, Gantt chart

When would you like to start?

  • Available now
  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • List the time management processes
  • Identify components of the schedule management plan
  • Define an activity
  • Describe the transition from scope to schedule
  • Explain the Precedence Diagramming Method (PDM)
  • Distinguish the difference between a mandatory and discretionary dependency
  • Define lags and leads
  • Calculate the critical path for a project using the critical path method, including forward and backward pass
  • Calculate float for each activity
  • Explain why schedule compression may be necessary
  • Distinguish the difference between crashing and fast tracking and the project implications of each
  • Describe the difference between a schedule and target completion date
  • Identify the difference between the critical chain method and the critical path method
  • Define project and feeding buffers
  • Define resource leveling and resource smoothing
  • Determine when these two techniques are necessary
  • Explain the point when a schedule is base lined
  • Explain project milestones
  • Create a Gantt chart with project data
  • List the things that a Gantt chart can display
  • List the benefits and challenges in using scheduling software

Who is the course for?

This course is for program managers, project managers, project leaders and even anyone who is interested in project management and time management concepts.

What do people say about this course?

I found the course to be very well presented and a great refresher, or perhaps an introduction for those that haven't studied project management before. Overall, for such a short course, it was crammed with content and a good opportunity for people who want to see if this is a subject they'd like to investigate further.

Paul Caunce

In studying this course, I encountered cutting edge skill sets and tools involved both in time management processes as well as the components of schedule management plan. This offers informed judgment with a strategic advantage in reflecting on the possibilities of achieving efficient and desired outcomes and mirror perspectives that differ from the prevailing view.

Emmanuel Unung

Who will you learn with?

Deirdre Gengenbach

Certified Project Management Professional (PMP)®

Who developed the course?

One of the four best public universities in the US, Purdue delivers an engaging learning experience and a world-class degree.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $89 you'll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

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  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Access to tests

When you upgrade you’ll have access to any tests during the course.

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  • Validate your learning
  • Ensure you have mastered the material
  • Qualify for a certificate

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to take any tests and score over 70%. You don’t get access to tests if you choose to take a course for free.

Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

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  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your LinkedIn or CV
  • Includes free shipping

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete, and score over 70% on any course tests.

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