Project Management | Duration-Driven® Planning and Control


This project management training course teaches practical management techniques that will prepare participants to develop and update plans for their projects. Group exercises enhance the learning experience and allow students to discuss with the instructor how the general techniques they’ve learned can be adapted to the unique characteristics of their own projects.

PMAlliance‘s Duration-Driven Project Management Training Course


This course targets students who require a basic understanding of structured project planning and control techniques. The course content applies to individuals who will function as project managers as well as team members who will be working alongside them as they develop and update their project plans.

Course Duration

The course consists of 16 hours of instruction including lecture and hands-on exercises taught over a two-day period. The course includes exercises on the following topics:

  • Recognizing Typical Project Challenges
  • Developing Network Diagrams (2 Exercises)
  • Performing Schedule Calculations (3 Exercises)
  • Compressing Project Plans to Meet Deadline Dates (2 Exercises)
  • Updating the Project Plan to Reflect Actual Progress To-Date

Course Content

Students will learn how to clearly define a project, develop
an initial project plan, compress the schedule to achieve
deadline dates, and effectively control the project through
to completion. Each student is given a six-chapter notebook
to be used to follow the lecture material; record notes,
tips, and other project-specific information; and perform
individual and group exercises. The notebook serves as an
excellent reference tool for planning and controlling
future projects.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Outline


  • Project Management Definitions
  • Project Challenges
  • Elements of Project Management (Time, Cost and Quality)
  • The Project Life Cycle
  • The Project Management Process

Defining the Project

  • Roles/Responsibilities of Project Managers
  • Roles and Characteristics of Project Sponsors
  • The Sponsor Document
  • Project Team Composition/Characteristics
  • Project Charters

Developing an Initial Project Plan

  • Work Breakdown Structures
  • Network Diagrams/Analysis
  • Estimating Durations and Resource Requirements
  • Critical Path Method (CPM) Network Calculations

Compressing the Schedule and Establishing a Baseline Plan

  • Using the Schedule Compression Process to Meet Project Deadline Dates
  • Using the Time-Cost Tradeoff Concept to Optimize Project Plans
  • Establishing a Baseline Plan

Controlling the Project

  • The Control Process
  • Use of Intermediate Milestones
  • Collecting Activity Status
  • Updating The Project Plan
  • Rules For Effective Project Control


  • Why Projects Succeed
  • Project Challenges Revisited
  • Some Final Thoughts


Project Experience

Portfolio Management
Successful portfolio management calls for exceptional data management skills and diligent oversight across multiple efforts.
Demanding, time sensitive, and finely tuned, manufacturing projects require close attention and experienced oversight.
IT Projects
Organizations must be able to successfully execute challenging and highly visible technology projects to maximize revenue.
Power Plants
Power Plants must be able to keep these vital infrastructure assets current, efficient, and economically positive.
High-profile hurdles and expensive risks of failure make these projects critical to manage properly from the very beginning.
Presents complexities at nearly every stage, from allocating resources to controlling schedule variances, or clearing regulatory & safety hurdles.
Ensuring team members are able to move outside the silos of their department or discipline is the key to achieving success.
Product Dev
Design and other early-stage activities must be carefully orchestrated while maintaining visibility on future impacts and resource needs.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Among the riskiest and most strategically important initiatives a company can undertake, and their outcomes can make or break the business.
Finance & Insurance
Technology implementations call for the right level of planning detail and diligent oversight.
An ERP implementation can be among the most disruptive and strategically important initiative an organization can undertake.