Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs):
This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Technical Category of the Talent Triangle.

Speakers: Eric Uyttewaal

The first version of the Critical Path Method (CPM 1.0) is coming to its 60th birthday. CPM 1.0 is a beautiful product of human logic. It helps project managers focus on activities that affect the project end date. However, some people say it takes too much time to identify and enter all the dependencies. Some say they hardly ever see a complete and reliable Critical Path in their schedule. Others say it does not work any longer when you start to level the workloads. Whom of you does not live in a resource-constrained situation since our last recession has forced us to do even more with less resources? These are all real issues, but please … do not stop there. These issues can effectively be addressed with some simple techniques and some new tools. In this article, you will find out how you can overcome most of these obstacles. We are quite confident that you will experience a refreshing new look at CPM, and we are therefore calling it “Critical Path 2.0”. I promise you that you will enjoy a sense of refreshment even if you live in a resource‑constrained situation, like most of us do these days. Eric will give us a preview of one topic you can find in his new book “Forecast Scheduling with Microsoft Project 2010”

Part 1:

  1. Incomprehensible Critical Paths: Why is my Critical Path what it is?
  2. Incomplete Critical Paths: why does the Critical Path in my schedule only explain part of my project duration?
  3. Hidden Critical Paths: Are you looking at the right path?

Eric’s Bio:

Eric is one of the foremost trainers and authors on the use of Microsoft project management applications. He authored the bestselling book “Dynamic Scheduling with Microsoft Office Project 2003”. Eric is Founder and President of ProjectPro Corp, a company specializing in Microsoft Project, Project Server and Project Portfolio Server.

Eric has managed many organizational change and management development projects.  He has been involved in projects ranging from a few thousand dollars to programs of up to $150 million. The latter were for the Canadian Forces Supply System Upgrade Program, Cognos (IBM) BI Suite release and a Northrop Grumman Airplane Upgrade program.  Eric was responsible for overall program scheduling.
In 2009, Eric received an award from PMI for his “Significant Contribution to the Scheduling Profession”. In 1997, he was President of the Ottawa Chapter of PMI, currently serving over 1600 members. From 2001 until 2004 and again since 2009, he is president of the MPUG-Ottawa chapter.


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