Intended Audience

Experienced Project Managers.


While the M720 event is primarily concerned with what the Project Manager’s responsibilities are in relation to planning and, at a fundamental level, in relation to estimating, this M725 event is intended to build upon this and treat both of these areas in greater detail by concentrating on how a Project Manager can actually perform their role.


Target Competencies

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply the planning and estimating techniques credibly to any size/complexity of a project;
  • Describe the Project Manager’s responsibilities in relation to estimating and planning;
  • Apply the Standard Unit Estimating Technique;
  • Move from the Deliverable Breakdown Structure (DBS) to the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS);
  • Describe the difference between deliverable- based and non-deliverable-based activities;
  • Describe sequencing, dependencies, and critical path analysis – recognize whether there is such a thing as a critical path;
  • Go from effort to elapsed time;
  • Allocate resources to a plan effectively including resource leveling;
  • Recall and use other supporting estimating techniques;
  • Plan to a deadline;
  • Describe how much is too much planning;
  • Apply planning and estimating techniques to any project regardless of size or complexity.


  1. Introduction
  2. Project Planning and Organization Processes
  3. Estimating Workshop 1: Standard Unit Based Estimating
  4. Estimating Workshop 2: Estimating Costs and Other Estimating Techniques
  5. Planning Overview
  6. Planning Workshop 1: Critical Path Analysis
  7. Planning Workshop 2: Detail Planning
  8. Conclusion

Delivery Mode and Duration

In-class learning: 2 days

Pedagogical Approach

The course is based around examples that each attendee is expected to work through and discuss. Presentations, discussions and four mini workshops explore the details required to produce a more detailed estimate and overall plan, (with and without the aid of a software tool!)

Logistics Requirements

Each participant must have a computer available (shared with other participants if necessary) with access to the current version of Macroscope.

In addition, the standard supporting products should be installed (e.g. Macroscope Deliverable Assistant, Microsoft Office, Adobe Reader.)


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PMI® Professional Development Units

If you are registered as a PMP®, you may record this training, after successful completion, with the following information:

  • REP #1099 (Fujitsu Consulting)
  • Activity ID: M725
  • Number of PDUs: 14


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