Define and Sequence Activities (PMBOK® Guide Fifth Edition)

Existing project managers pursuing certification in recognition of their skills and experience, or others training to become accredited project managers


Expected Duration
76 minutes

Properly defining and sequencing project activities allows a project manager to answer two basic scheduling questions: what activities are required to develop the end product, and how should the activities be sequenced for optimal results? The first step in developing a reliable project schedule is identifying project activities and their interrelationships. This course covers defining and sequencing project activities in the project management discipline, and introduces best practices outlined in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Fifth Edition, published by the Project Management Institute (PMI®). Specifically, learners will be provided with an overview of the Project Time Management Knowledge Area and the interrelation with the Process Groups. The course also explores project activities and activity attributes, and the method of developing network diagrams, including dependency determination and identifying leads and lags. This course provides a foundational knowledge base reflecting the most up-to-date project management information so learners can effectively put principles to work in their own organizations. This course will assist in preparing the learner for the PMI® certification exam. This course is aligned with the PMBOK® Guide – Fifth Edition, published by PMI®, Inc., 2013. Copyright and all rights reserved. Material from this publication has been reproduced with the permission of PMI®.


Planning Project Activities

  • match processes in the Project Time Management knowledge area to their respective Process Groups
  • recognize the role of each of the tools and techniques that are used to create the schedule management plan
  • match the components of a schedule management plan with corresponding information
  • recognize information that’s found in the inputs to the Define Activities process
  • identify the tools and techniques of the Define Activities process
  • choose the appropriate Define Activities technique to use for a given project
  • recognize the roles that the activity list and activity attributes play in managing a project
  • recognize the roles that the milestone list plays in managing a project
  • demonstrate your understanding of the Plan Schedule Management and Define Activities processes
  • identify the purpose of sequencing project activities
  • match the inputs to the Sequence Activities process to the types of information they supply when creating a project schedule network diagram
  • recognize the nature of dependencies between project activities
  • match types of precedence relationships with their descriptions
  • demonstrate your understanding of the Sequence Activities process





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