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PM 612 : Project Time Management
Spring 2010 -- UAA Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM)
Mondays, 5:30 – 9:00pm, UC Room 155
Professor: Dr. Jang W. Ra, PMP email@example.com (Tel) 907-786 - 1862
Office Hrs: Mondays 3:00 – 5:00 pm or By Appointment
Instruction Team: Ki Kim, MSPM, PMP, PMP-SP firstname.lastname@example.org (Tel)
Tele-video Operator: Kwon email@example.com Tel) 907-903-0047
Textbooks & Software:
Practice Standard for Scheduling, PMI, 2007
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Principles of Sequencing and Scheduling, Kenneth R. Baker and Dan
Trietsch, John Wiley 2009
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(PMBOK) Project Management Body Of Knowledge – 2008 Version
MS Project http://office.microsoft.com/home/office.aspx?assetid=FX01085795
Course Objectives: Project schedule plan will be developed through right scheduling technique
with critical resource leveled. Project progress will be tracked against baseline schedule using
software such as MS Project and/or Primavera. We will learn PMBOK Guide’s project time
management processes and experience with practical examples. This course aims to train future
project managers to be time reduction specialists – speed wins!
Grading: Homework = 70
Team-Project = 20
Class Participation & Leadership = 10
Total = 100 points
Class participation and leadership will be evaluated based on the student contributions
through constructive and proactive discussions, timely readiness with and professional
presentation of assigned problems and readings, and leadership to the class.
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Homework and Attendance:
Students are encouraged to maintain e-mail or personal contact with the professor and each other.
Homework will be assigned and collected weekly. Students are required to post their homework
to Blackboard before the class start times and present in the class. Homework must be well
organized and typed (double-space) and should not be e-mailed to the professor unless pre-
approved. Any late homework without pre-notice will receive at most 1/2 credit. Students
should post all submitted materials to Blackboard.
Students must read related text chapters and handouts before class and participate in the class
3-member Term Project: The basic outline of the assignment will be as follows
1. Describe the weaknesses and strengths of each of your team member organization’s
repetitive work processes in terms of value-added time requirements.
2. Interview key stakeholders to get their feedback on the following questions (interview at
least 2-3 people as appropriate):
a. Identify the key stakeholders (should represent a good spectrum of opinion)
b. How would they describe the purpose and objectives of the work?
c. What elements of the time reduction effort have tried?
d. What elements of the time reduction effort have been frustrating or challenging?
e. Do they have confidence that the change effort will yield the desired result?
f. What are some of the key roadblocks?
g. What, if anything, do they suggest to improve the process
3. Team members work together to develop a written summary of the answers to these
questions. Plus, conduct Internet or literature search for possible solutions.
4. Using time reduction tools and the feedback from stakeholders, the teams will present on
April 13 or 20 with an outline of the project and their suggestions for how to help move
the time reduction effort forward.
5. The teams will summarize their findings into Powerpoint slides (approx 25 slides for 25-
mins presentations with 10-min Q&A) with written slide notes and turn it in by April
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PM612 - COURSE OUTLINE
(subject to revision)
Date Topics and Homework Due Text Chapters
1. Jan 11 Why manage time? PMBOK 6 processes - Proactive v Reactive PMBOK 6
Jan 18 Alaska Civil Rights Day NO CLASS
2. Jan 25 Critical Path Method – Time-related Acronyms on PMBOK Guide PMBOK 6
Glossary Section Total Slack and Free Slack
See Gray and Larson’s CPM ppt (on Internet site) Handout #1
MS Project - Activity Duration Estimating (three point estimates)
using PERT ANALYSIS
3. Feb 1 Activity Identification and Sequencing; ASAP & ALAP scheduling (P) Chapter 6
Develop WPs (deliverables) using WBS CHART PRO, Export to
MSP and produce Tasks (=Activities, verb+noun+metrics) in MSP. (
http://www.criticaltools.com/ WBS Chart Pro software ) Handout #2
MS Project – task relationships, lead, lag, constraint types, options
HW#1 Due – TBD
4. Feb 8 Resource Assignment, Leveling and ACAP Scheduling
MS Project – Resource Sheet
HW#2 Due – TBD
5. Feb 15 Crashing
MS Project – Insert Texts and Costs
HW#3 Due – TBD
6. Feb 22 Central Limit Theorem for Project Duration Estimation
MS Project – Tracking Gantt Chart
HW#4 Due - TBD
7. Mar 1 Critical Chain http://www.tocc.com/Critical_Chain.htm
HW#5 Due - TBD
Mar 8 Spring Break
8. Mar 15 Project Progress Tracking and EVM using Excel
PV, AC, EV, CV, CPI, TV, SV, SPI, ETC, BAC, EAC, VAC
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Primavera I: Brief Overview
Guest Lecturer Ki Kim firstname.lastname@example.org
HW#6 Due – TBD
9. Mar 22 Primavera II
HW#7 Due – TBD
10. Mar 29 Primavera III
HW#8 Due – TBD
11. Apr 5 Primavera IV
HW#9 Due – Submit a managerial report on following two projects in
Project 1: Harbour Pointe Assisted Living Center
Project 2: 9 Pacific Drive - Lofty Heights
12. Apr 12 Term Project Presentation for Time Management I & Review
HW#10 Due –Term-Project PowerPoint file
13. Apr 19 Term Project Presentation for Time Management II & Review
Due –Term-Project Report
Apr 26 No Class, but post Term-Project PPT with professional slide notes to Blackboard
Handout #1 – Adopt Strategies to manage heavier workload
Handout #2 – Creating the framework to manage the successful use of a schedule in a project
Handout #3 – “As Central As Possible (ACAP)” Scheduling Technique
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Presentation Evaluation Form
Presenter’s Name: _____________________________________________
Please rate the term project presentation on the following dimensions:
1 2 3 4
Poor Fair Good Excellent
1. Quality of oral presentation
(Were points made clearly and concisely? ____ ____ ____ ____
2. Quality of visual aids used.
(Were visual aids clear and easily
interpretable from the audience?) ____ ____ ____ ____
3. Quality of subject and issue defined.
(Did team deliver the important
subjects and issues?) ____ ____ ____ ____
4. Quality of time allocation.
(Overall, did the presenter allocate its
time well in presenting the project?) ____ ____ ____
5. Overall, how would you rate the quality
of this project and presentation? ____ ____ ____ ____
TOTAL SCORE = ________________________
(Add values from questions 1 through 5)
Any constructive comments:
Your Name __________________________________________