About PMI-SP® – exam prep

This workshop serves as a PMI® Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP) intensive exam preparation course. It also presents scheduling practice standards to help a scheduling practitioner become more effective.


✓ Individuals who plan to take the exam but need some guidance to create a study path
✓ Individuals who are studying for the exam and want to identify gaps in their knowledge
✓ Individuals who are interested in a “refresher” course before sitting for the exam

Course Details

Getting Started

  • Introductions
  • Course structure
  • Course goals and objectives

Becoming a PMI-SP

  • Overview of the PMI-SPcredential
  • Eligibility requirements
  • The PMI-SPapplication process
  • Benefits of achieving certification

Scheduling Concepts and Standards

  • Role of the Practice Standard for Scheduling
  • The schedule development process
  • Essential elements of a schedule
  • Scheduling components
  • Schedule conformance and scoring

Schedule Domains

  • Schedule mission management
  • Schedule creation
  • Schedule maintenance
  • Schedule analysis
  • Schedule communication/reporting

Project Integration Management

  • Role of organizational process assets
  • Role of enterprise environmental factors
  • Project charter
  • Project management plan

✓ Project baseline

✓ Subsidiary plans

  • Managing changes
  • Reviewing and correcting project work
  • Closing the project or phase

Project Scope Management

  • Project scope statement components
  • Role of the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Managing changes

Project Time Management

  • Scheduling processes integrated with other PMBOK Guide processes
  • Defining activities

✓ Enterprise environmental factors

✓ Organizational process assets

✓ Decomposing the WBS

  • Sequencing activities

✓ Arrow diagramming method

✓ Precedence diagramming method

  • Estimating activity resources

✓ Determining resource needs

✓ Using various techniques to plan for

  • Estimating activity durations

✓ Differentiating between various estimating techniques

✓ Calculating an estimate from a formula

  • Developing the schedule
  • Conducting the forward pass/backward pass
  • Calculating the critical path
  • Controlling the schedule

✓ Conducting performance reviews

✓ Analyzing variances

✓ Updates to various project documents

Project Cost Management

  • Role of the schedule in cost estimating
  • Techniques for estimating
  • Budgeting techniques
  • Cost performance baseline
  • Earned Value Management (EVM)

Project Human Resource Management

  • Human resource processes
  • Components of the human resource plan
  • Techniques for obtaining a project team
  • Techniques for developing the project team
  • Resolving team conflicts

Project Communications Management

  • Communication processes
  • Defining a communication approach
  • Communication models/methods
  • Communication management plan
  • Reporting to others
  • Performance reports

Project Risk Management

  • Risk management processes
  • Planning for risks
  • Controlling risks

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