Project Estimating and Scheduling – Creating Realistic Schedules and Budgets

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Establishing realistic estimates and schedules for projects that support business objectives and meet client expectations is one of the most challenging aspects of project planning. Delivering those results within the agreedupon time, cost and quality constraints is also very challenging.

Attempting to meet impossible deadlines with limited budgets leads to unplanned product shortfalls, which cause long-term support and utilization problems. We have all anguished about this recurring problem, but without having the skills or knowledge to take action, we are unable to break the cycle!

The goal of this course is to equip you with the necessary knowledge, skills and techniques so that you can establish realistic schedules and budgets for projects that support business objectives and meet client expectations.

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07 Apr 2016


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I would like to see IIL make changes that make it easier to download materials and access/attend the classes.


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07 Apr 2016


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Good session and good review Thanks John.


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07 Apr 2016


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This session was helpful to learn about establishing the Critical Path and determining Float time.


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07 Apr 2016


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Great review. Some of the material I haven't used since studying for the PMP.


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07 Apr 2016


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Today's session was helpful and I learned many new items as a new PM. Thank you!


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07 Apr 2016


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I had trouble downloading the workbook.


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07 Apr 2016


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I would recommend notifying participants there may be issues with company Firewalls and sending test links earlier.


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07 Apr 2016


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Instructor was outstanding. The time was very inconvenient for me in Japan. If the time was shifted to east coast morning or later in afternoon, it would be better either way. Starting at noon East coast time is the worst possible time for us in Japan. Something to consider... Thank you!


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06 Apr 2016


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Limits the ability to do group projects to actually deliver work related to the instruction


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06 Apr 2016


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Overall, I think having page numbers on the training materials (PDF file) as a whole would be more impactful then having to search through the file to find the slide's that are being referenced!


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06 Apr 2016


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Recommend more hands on options for preparing schedules or breakign up into groups


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06 Apr 2016


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There were some errors in the coursework that made some of the slides confusing.


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06 Apr 2016


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Good session; nice pace and great job providing information


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06 Apr 2016

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06 Apr 2016


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Kathy is a great instructor! Great session.


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06 Apr 2016


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Today's content seems to have more relation to what I expect to be doing with my coming project management position.


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06 Apr 2016


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Session was good. Kathy paced it well. Though I wish there was more practical detail about the "how", not just the "what" needs to be done. But that might be more reflective of my criticism towards PMBOK's approach in general


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06 Apr 2016


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I think the information is great, especially as it relates to estimated. One suggestion is to have either a TOC in the workbook that has links or to add page numbers that are relevant to the actual pages in the PDF file as a whole.


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06 Apr 2016


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Kathy is an excellent instructor. We just got to the content that I need a refresher on, so excited about that.


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06 Apr 2016

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06 Apr 2016


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Kathy is very clear and provides enough opportunity for class participation.


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05 Apr 2016


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This information was more informative than yesterday's information. Building off of previous knowledge more now.


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05 Apr 2016

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05 Apr 2016


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I think it was well paced, the content is providing a good foundation (refresher)and appropriate level of detail.


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05 Apr 2016

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05 Apr 2016


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I liked how Nate walked us through the content and asked questions and for input. "Give me a green check!'


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05 Apr 2016


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I thought the course was well paced and the content was easily relatable. Learned a lot of valuable new princibles as well.


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05 Apr 2016


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Nate provided excellent training and it was clear to the point.


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05 Apr 2016


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Better use of real world information rather than speaking through concepts.


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05 Apr 2016


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Good course overall! Maybe the class can submit a tema synopisis or something to give the instructor some knowledge of the types of projects, programs we work on. It could give some more context into teaching some of the concepts.


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05 Apr 2016

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05 Apr 2016


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we started out behind a bit, so Nate ran through the material quickly on the 1st day. Days 2 - 4 were MUCH better and easier to follow.


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05 Apr 2016

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05 Apr 2016


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Information was provided in a clear and concise manner with relative examples.


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05 Apr 2016

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05 Apr 2016


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Perhaps more responses talking versus waiting for it to be typed.


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05 Apr 2016


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I think the size of the group did not allow for the instructor to be as interactive as was hoped for. That is true with any large group.


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05 Apr 2016

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Keep telling stories to present materials


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05 Apr 2016


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Kept us engaged but I think we could go through material faster.


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05 Apr 2016

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05 Apr 2016


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Very basic information. Needs more interactivity.


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05 Apr 2016


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Barb was outstanding in easily breaking down the lessons.


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The virtual learning environment was tough. The audio was really hard to work with. Barb was fading out on the 1st day.


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05 Apr 2016


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Work with company beforehand to ensure that students can get through firewall to class.


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05 Apr 2016


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There seemed to be large gaps between the detailed material and supporting principles supporting them. That is, the principles were at too much of an introductory level as compared to the lower level examples which were failry detailed/advanced


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05 Apr 2016


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Great overview on CP, and 3 Point Estimating


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05 Apr 2016

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I thought the examples given during the session were great and helped drive home the point of what was being taught.


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05 Apr 2016


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good and important content. I was hoping the class would be focused on a more advanced user so that we could use the tools in real examples, such as manipulating schedules in MS Project?


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Barb is a good instructor, easy to understand and follow.


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This was the best class session .. I need to get back into CPM and calulated estimating.


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05 Apr 2016


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excellent day of diving into approaches and techniques. Thanks for making it fun. Great interaction today.


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05 Apr 2016


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Great instructor, good participation from team. A few teammates in EST, not all MST...


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05 Apr 2016


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Barb is very knowledgable and having this refresher training is very helpful.


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05 Apr 2016

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05 Apr 2016


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I wish it could have been more tailored to our company needs since we are using more agile methodologies


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05 Apr 2016


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it was good to tie the wbs into estimating


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04 Apr 2016


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This session was very good. The exercises were a littel disconneted from the course material. It would be goo to have exercises that strongly enforced what we went over in class; however the class would be very boring were it not for Barb. Her kwnowledge and experience is really helping bridge the gap between "theory" and "reality"


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04 Apr 2016


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Add agile components to the conversation


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04 Apr 2016


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firewalls and VPN issues should be announced


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04 Apr 2016


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how it fits with Agile. Possibilities for Agile.


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01 Apr 2016


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The background/story/example for the practice exercises should be readily available throughout the course. It was more difficult to participate in the practice exercises without that immediately on-hand to refer back to.


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01 Apr 2016

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31 Mar 2016


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I appreciated the information in the Schedule Compression Techniques today.


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31 Mar 2016


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Very informative, I have no possible question.


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Excellent! Very personable, patient, and knowledgeable.


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31 Mar 2016


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I enjoyed the tools and techniques and overlooked resources sections. I am alos very curious about the bcakground of the effort and duration exercise.


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31 Mar 2016

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31 Mar 2016


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excellent learning from this course


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30 Mar 2016


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If you could integrate interactive pages like this form into the training, that would be great.


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30 Mar 2016

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30 Mar 2016


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Due to a late receiving of sign in information I caught the tail end of the session.


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30 Mar 2016


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lots of material to cover, well structured and like the half-day format for the week. definitely requires follow-up and trial either during or after to practice the techniques as not much time to apply them during.


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30 Mar 2016

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30 Mar 2016


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good class, needed this refresher. thinking about how to apply formula in preparing projject budgets


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30 Mar 2016


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great session, some great techniques especially around estimates. curious to try out PERT method.


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30 Mar 2016


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good review, needed this refresher to apply to my projects


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Good introduction and foundational, didn't get into any of the details on Day1 but that's ok


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30 Mar 2016


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no suggestions to improve, excellent course


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30 Mar 2016


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The VLE is great. The instructor is knowledgeable and engaging. Also liked having the book for future referance.


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30 Mar 2016


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No suggestions. I quite enjoyed the course.


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More class exercises will be helpful.


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The information is great and will be helpful. More instruction time is needed and include some homework for the next day. This will help re-enforce the training. Great instructor.


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30 Mar 2016


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As a PMP, content is good reinforcement for knowledge acquired but not yet applied.


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30 Mar 2016


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I enjoyed the estimating part. thanks.


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30 Mar 2016


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The instructor is very informative with the information. The algorithms were a little too difficult for me to understand, but I am listening to the taped version so I was not included in the conversation.


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30 Mar 2016


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last few slides or topics were not as interesting.


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29 Mar 2016


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Good class. Thanks for providing the answers to our questions.


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29 Mar 2016


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good information presented today. thanks.


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29 Mar 2016


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information provided expanded my knowledge.


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29 Mar 2016


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Instructor covered topic very well and succinctly.


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29 Mar 2016


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The subject matter is really good, but more time is needed to review and discuss this information in-depth, thank you.


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29 Mar 2016


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There was a lot of material covered today but the question and answer period made it easier to understand the various concepts being presented.


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29 Mar 2016


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This session covered a lot of information. I did feel some of the Contract information was a little too detailed for this subject of Estimating & Scheduling. The instructor is very patient with responses.


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no suggestions to improve, excellent course


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29 Mar 2016


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The taped series worked out well for me.


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29 Mar 2016


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Troubleshooting should occur prior to class beginning. Recommend allowing an additional 30 munites prior to first class to permit problems to be resolved. Between the troubleshooting and introductions, the class lost an hour.


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good content, I was able to follow along easily though I don't do the job yet


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29 Mar 2016


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thank you! Somewhat complicated material today and Mario spent time explaining in very good detail.


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24 Mar 2016


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The graphics in the materials really need an upgrade. Looked amateurish.


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24 Mar 2016


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perhaps additional exercises to apply what was learned from each module


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Examples drawn from personal experience of the instructor were helpful


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24 Mar 2016


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The instructor tried to make it interactive, but some sort of assingment to follow along with would have kept me more engaged.


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Great overall. I would have preferred a bit more specifics and less general content. Assume more existing experience.


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23 Mar 2016


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Very informative, appreciate the session.


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23 Mar 2016


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Well paced, but dry with no examples to understand the application of the theory


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23 Mar 2016


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Graphics in presentation need a serious upgrade.


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no suggestions to improve, excellent course


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23 Mar 2016


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Going over examples of some of the items discussed like scopes, WBSs, etc would be helpful.


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23 Mar 2016


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move through chapters/modules faster


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23 Mar 2016


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The course was a little more basic than I expected.


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23 Mar 2016


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Very dry, no examples, well structured


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23 Mar 2016


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The instructures mic cut out a few times during the course


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23 Mar 2016


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Great class on how critical path works and the details surrounding it.


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23 Mar 2016


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This was a great session and very interactive.


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22 Mar 2016


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A tried and tested headset with Mic for all environments to use with this course/site would be good.


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22 Mar 2016


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all was very good, i liked the course


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22 Mar 2016


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Sometimes it was hard to understand, please write the question to be answered before question session


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22 Mar 2016


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The content of the course was great, but there are a few issues: we got the hand out version for the course a day late and it was not easy to find on the site, although the instructor was good, he was difficult to understand due to heavy accent. Finally the server went down the last day. Due to a firewall issue I had to take the final course from a recording, is there no server redundancy?


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22 Mar 2016


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Good understanting of the concepts shared. Cheers!


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22 Mar 2016


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I would prefer that we receive a hardcopy of the workbook. I like to add my notes directly to the workbook, which I can't do when it's an electronic copy.


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22 Mar 2016


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Excellent reviews, it is easy and quick to understand the concepts


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22 Mar 2016


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in comparison to other classes it was a bit more listening rather than practising using examples


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