Certificate Series: Forecast Scheduling – Session 2

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Renowned speaker and master scheduler, Eric Uyttewaal, presentrf three 1.5-hour webinars on his latest book ‘Forecast Scheduling with Microsoft Project 2013’. In these sessions, he will show you how to forecast your project with just the schedule by itself and minimize the effort doing this. Eric challenges you to forecast the finish date of your project, which is what most stakeholders expect from the project manager. This presentation shows you how to create a dynamic model of the project to forecast it and take scheduling to the next level. The main tenets of Forecast Scheduling are:

  • Capture your promised dates … without killing the dynamic model!
  • Minimize your effort on creating and maintaining the schedule
  • Find the real Critical Path 2.0 instead of an incomplete old Critical Path 1.0
  • Incorporate insights from project execution and update the schedule to forecast

Eric explains these principles of Forecast Scheduling, demonstrates how they would work in practice as well as their benefits. We will run through several checks that you can perform on your own project schedule.

Bring to the Webinar: make sure you have access to your own project schedule if you would like to perform the checks on your own schedule. If you do not have a current project schedule, don’t worry, we’ve provided the exercise files.

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  1. Understand that you only need a solid project schedule to forecast a project
  2. Know how to create a dynamic model of your project to forecast it
  3. Understand how you can review the quality of a project schedule

About the Presenter:

Eric Uyttewaal is one of the foremost authors/trainers/consultants on the use of project and portfolio management tools from Microsoft. He is the author of the highly-acclaimed ‘Forecast Scheduling with Microsoft Project 2013/2010′ as well as the best-sellers ‘Dynamic Scheduling with Microsoft Office Project 2003/2002/2000’. Eric is the founder and president of ProjectPro Corporation, a company specializing in Microsoft Project and Project Server (www.projectprocorp.com).

Eric has been involved in large programs such as the Canadian Forces Supply System Upgrade Program, the Cognos (IBM) BI Suite release program, a Northrop Grumman Airplane Upgrade program and SanDisk new product development programs.

In 1997, he was President of the Ottawa Chapter of PMI, currently serving over 2,000 members. From 2001 until 2004 he served, and, since 2009, he serves as president of the MPUG-Ottawa chapter.

In 2012, Eric received an award from MPUG for his leadership in the Microsoft Project community. Since 2010, Microsoft has designated him Most Valuable Professional (‘MVP Project’) in project and portfolio management applications. In 2009, Eric received an award from PMI for his ‘Significant Contribution to the Scheduling Profession’.

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Written by Eric Uyttewaal

Eric is a thought leader on project, program, and portfolio management. He spends most of his time using software from Microsoft. He has authored seven well-known textbooks including ‘Forecasting Programs,’ ‘Forecast Scheduling with Microsoft Project 2010/2013/Online,’ and ‘Dynamic Scheduling with Microsoft Project 2000/2002/2003.’ He founded ProjectPro, which specializes in Microsoft Project, Project Server and Project Online. Eric developed several Add-ins with his team that enhance the capabilities of Microsoft Project in creating better schedules (Forecast Scheduling App), managing cross-project dependencies (CrossLinksPro), identifying and documenting the Critical Path (PathsPro) and creating S-curve reports (CurvesPro). He was president of PMI-Ottawa in 1997. Eric has received awards from PMI in 2009, from MPUG in 2012, and from Microsoft from 2010 until 2017 (MVP).

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