Using Microsoft Project

Learn how to design a successful project plan and track details across complex projects

Course Code : 1945

$1495

Overview

This class discusses the features and scheduling engine of Microsoft Project in detail, helping participants understand how to build detailed project schedules track and update actuals, build great reports and track all the details of a project in Microsoft Project. The course includes basic topics such as navigating Project, starting a new project plan and tracking process; as well as advanced level topics such as, scheduling engine, manual and automatic scheduled tasks, fixed duration vs. fixed units, and advance resource management. The course also focuses on Earned Value Analysis and how to track it within Microsoft Project.

This course is valid for using both Microsoft Project 2013 and 2016.

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Course Delivery

This course is available in the following formats:

Live Classroom
Duration: 3 days

Live Virtual Classroom
Duration: 3 days

What You'll learn

  • Navigate and customize the MS Project Interface
  • Start new Project Plans and build out Task Scheduled – the RIGHT way
  • Set up Resources and Assignment
  • Format and Share your Report in beautiful compelling ways
  • Track Progress on your Plans
  • Learn Advanced Task Scheduling Techniques
  • FINALLY understand the Project Scheduling Engine!
  • Utilize Advanced Resource management functions
  • See Resource Capability and Availability
  • Use Earned Value Analysis

Outline

  • Benefits of Sound Project Management
  • What is Project Management
  • Rules of Order in Project Management
  • Elements of Developing a Project Plan
  • Project Management Philosophy
  • The Four Cornerstones of Project Management
  • Good WBS Design Principles
  • Project Interface
  • Screen Layouts
  • Backstage View
  • Reporting
  • Creating Project Plans
  • Setup Calendars
  • Building Task Plans
  • Durations
  • Milestones and Summary Tasks
  • Task Dependences
  • Manual and Automatic Scheduling
  • Resource Types
  • Pay Rates and Capacity
  • The Scheduling Formula
  • Controlling Work
  • Gantt Chart Views
  • Timeline View
  • Customizing Reports
  • Printing, Copying Views
  • Baselines
  • Tracking Actuals
  • Task Relationships with Task Paths
  • Lead and Lag Times
  • Task Constraints
  • Task Calendars
  • Task Types
  • Critical Paths
  • Resource Availability
  • Multiple Pay Rates
  • Resource Capacity
  • Team Planner View
  • Resource Over Allocations
  • Resource Leveling
  • Updating Baselines
  • Time-phased Work
  • Incomplete Work
  • Earned Value Definitions
  • Derived Metrics
  • Examining Task Costs
  • Examining Resource Costs
  • Consolidating Plans
  • Creating dependencies across plans
  • Consolidating Plans
  • Creating dependencies across plans
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Prerequisites

There are no mandatory prerequisites for this course, however, completing the Foundations of Agile course prior to taking up this course would be beneficial.

Who Should Attend

  • Lab 1 – Navigating Project
  • Lab 2 – Creating a new Project Template
  • Lab 3 – Navigating using ribbons and menus
  • Lab 4 – Project Views
  • Lab 5 – Reports Introduction
  • Lab 6 – Creating a new Plan
  • Lab 7 – Nonworking days and the project calendar
  • Lab 8 – Entering Plan Title and Properties
  • Lab 9 – Entering Tasks
  • Lab 10 – Task Durations
  • Lab 11 – Milestones and Summary Tasks
  • Lab 12 – Task Dependencies
  • Lab 13 – Manual and Automatic Scheduling
  • Lab 14 – Task Notes and Hyperlinks
  • Lab 15 – Setting up Resources
  • Lab 16 – Adjusting Resource Calendars
  • Lab 17 – Setting up Cost Resources
  • Lab 18 – Assigning Resources to Tasks
  • Lab 19 – Controlling work when adding/removing resources
  • Lab 20 – Assigning Cost Resources to Tasks
  • Lab 21 – Customizing a Gantt Chart View
  • Lab 22 – Customizing a Timeline View
  • Lab 23 – Customizing Reports
  • Lab 24 – Copying views and reports
  • Lab 25 – Printing Views and Reports
  • Lab 26 – Baselines
  • Lab 27 – Tracking a Plan through Specific Date
  • Lab 28 – Entering Task Completion Percentage
  • Lab 29 – Enter actual values for tasks
  • Lab 30 – Task Path Highlighting
  • Lab 31 – Adjusting task link relationships
  • Lab 32 – Setting task constraints
  • Lab 33 – Adjusting working time for individual tasks
  • Lab 34 – Control task scheduling with task types
  • Lab 35 – Entering deadline dates
  • Lab 36 – Entering fixed costs
  • Lab 37 – Viewing Critical Path
  • Lab 38 – Resource Availability at Different Times
  • Lab 39 – Multiple pay rates for a resource
  • Lab 40 – Resource pay rates to apply at different times
  • Lab 41 – Setting up material resources
  • Lab 42 – Applying different pay rates to assignments
  • Lab 43 – Assigning material resources to tasks
  • Lab 44 – Viewing resource capacity
  • Lab 45 – Adjusting assignments in the Team Planner view
  • Lab 46 – Resolving resource over-allocations manually
  • Lab 47 – Leveling over-allocated resources
  • Lab 48 – Updating a baseline
  • Lab 49 – Tracking actual and remaining values for tasks and assignments
  • Lab 50 – Tracking time-phased actual work for tasks and assignments
  • Lab 51 – Rescheduling incomplete work
  • Lab 52 – Earned Value numbers
  • Lab 53 – Examining task costs
  • Lab 54 – Examining resource costs
  • Lab 55 – Reporting project cost variance with a stoplight view
  • Lab 56 – Consolidating Plans
  • Lab 57 – Creating dependencies between plans

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