What will you learn


Scope the Project
State the Problem/Opportunity
Establish the Project Goals
Define the Project Objectives
Identify the Success Criteria
List Assumptions, Risks, Obstacles

2 Hours

How to determine precisely what your project is expected to accomplish

How to define the scope of work

An 11-point checklist to make sure you and the project sponsor are on the same page right from the beginning

Questions to ask that will bring any and all constraints - involving money, performance, deadlines - to the surface early on

How to determine whether you have the right people, with the right skills, to do the job

What are 3 commonly accepted ways to provide for contingencies to reduce the probable impact and its effect on project success

How to prepare a good pre-scout AFE


Develop a Detailed Plan
Identify Project Activities
Estimate Activity Duration
Determine Resource Requirements
Construct/Analyze the Project Network
Prepare the Project Proposal


Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) - what it is, how it works and ways to use it to consolidate and prioritize tasks

Six point criteria to test for completeness in the WBS

Arrow Plan - what it is and why we use it

Determining duration of an activity - a nearly foolproof formula to help you arrive at a realistic time frame
(99.73% of the time the work will be completed within the range of Te + 3 standard deviations).

Elapsed time vs. Labour time vs. Productive time - what they mean and which to use

How to build tasks dependencies, type of dependencies, how to determine resource requirement, type of resources

Seven steps to creating a budget (final AFE) that is realistic, manageable and flexible

How to build in time and money cushions to soften the blow of unexpected developments

Planning for risks and uncertainties

Risk Analysis


Launch the Plan
Recruit and Organize Project Team
Establish Team Operating Rules
Schedule Work Packages
Document Work Packages


Define the three components of a project team

Understand the differences in roles and responsibilities of core vs. contracted team members

Selection criteria for core and contracted team members

How to avoid usual problems associated with contracted team members

Recruit the project team, how to organize the project team

Establishing Team Operating Rules (TOR)▪Decision making

Conflict resolution

Consensus building

Team meetings

How to schedule and document work packages and why you need them


Monitor/Control Progress
Establish Progress Reporting System
Install Change Control Tools/Process
Define Problem Escalation Process
Monitor Project Progress vs. Project Plan
Revise Project Plan


Understand the reasons for implementing controls on the project

Planned vs. Actual - how Gantt Chart can alert you of any serious deviations from plan

How to determine the appropriate corrective actions to restore a project to its planned schedule

Understanding Earned-Value Report

Earned Value Analysis

Crashing A Project: what it means, when to do it, how to predict its outcome

What is a milestone

The importance of meeting milestones

Establishing progress reporting system

Change control

Problem escalation


Close Out the Project
Obtain Client Acceptance
Install Project Deliverables
Complete Project Documentation
Complete Post Implementation Audit
Issue Final Project Report


How to decide if your project has met all your objectives

Key questions to ask yourself before making final delivery

An 8-point checklist that can help ensure you've covered all the bases

How to identify the components of project documentation

Six-steps in closing a project

Contents of project documentation

Why conduct a post implementation audit

Five important questions to be answered

Final project report - what should be in it

Contents of the final report



 4 Hours


Practical seismic example using Microsoft Project

Who is your instructor?

Rating of previous workshops

24 hours Total Workshop Duration