Defining and Sequencing Project Activities (PMBOK® Guide Fifth Edition)

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Properly defining and sequencing project activities allows a project manager to answer two basic scheduling questions – What activities are required to develop the end product? And how should the activities be sequenced for optimal results? The first step in developing a reliable project schedule is identifying project activities and their interrelationships. This course covers defining and sequencing project activities in the project management discipline, and introduces best practices outlined in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Fifth Edition, published by the Project Management Institute (PMI®). Specifically, learners will be provided with an overview of the Project Time Management Knowledge Area and the interrelation with the Process Groups. The course also explores project activities and activity attributes, and the method of developing network diagrams, including dependency determination and identifying leads and lags. This course provides a foundational knowledge base reflecting the most up-to-date project management information so learners can effectively put principles to work in their own organizations. This course will assist in preparing the learner for the PMI® certification exam. This course is aligned with the PMBOK® Guide – Fifth Edition, published by PMI®, Inc., 2013. Copyright and all rights reserved. Material from this publication has been reproduced with the permission of PMI®.

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Existing project managers wishing to get certified in recognition of their skills and experience, or others who wish to train to become accredited project managers

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Defining and Sequencing Project Activities (PMBOK® Guide Fifth Edition)

  • sequence the processes that make up the Project Time Management Knowledge Area
  • identify the role that a schedule plays in project management
  • identify the Process Group to which each Project Time Management process belongs
  • recognize the role of each of the tools and techniques that are used to plan schedule management
  • match the components of a schedule management plan with corresponding information
  • identify types of information required to perform the Define Activities process
  • recommend which Define Activities techniques to use for a given project
  • identify the tools and techniques of the Define Activities process
  • identify the roles that the outputs of the Define Activity process plays in other project management processes
  • recognize how the information from input documents is used in the creation of a project schedule network diagram
  • apply the process for creating a schedule network diagram to determine whether a given network diagram reflects a given list of activities and dependencies
  • identify a diagram that shows the appropriate dependency relationships for a given set of activities
  • recognize examples of project situations as creating either lead or lag in a project schedule
  • match types of precedence relationships with corresponding graphics
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