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This hands-on course is for new users of Microsoft Project who want to be able to use it to manage projects effectively.
You need to have basic Windows skills, including opening and saving, copying and moving information, and working with a keyboard and mouse; some knowledge of project management techniques, such as critical path method (CPM), is helpful, but not essential.
Project management fundamentals:
Defining a project and project management; understanding the project lifecycle and aspects of the project triangle; review of key project management terms.
An overview of scheduling techniques including critical path method, Gantt charts and network diagrams; navigating the Project environment; different views of your project; using pre-made templates or importing info from Excel.
Using manual or auto schedule; setting a start date and a schedule from setting; defining different working times and adding holidays and non-working time.
Tasks, timings and work breakdown structure:
Using task information; defining milestones and deadlines; understanding duration and elapsed time; working with constraints or deadlines; adding, changing and deleting tasks; creating an outline structure using summary tasks; reviewing the work breakdown; adding a project summary task; adjusting time scales.
Adding tasks to the timeline. Links and dependencies between tasks; setting lag and lead times; task constraints; tracing task paths and viewing the critical path.
Understanding resource driven or effort driven scheduling; assigning resources to tasks; multiple resource assignments; dealing with resource conflicts; leveling resources.
Monitoring and reporting:
Saving and viewing a baseline; filtering data; building graphical reports; creating a Burn Down report; formatting reports; copying a report into a presentation.
This hands-on course is for experienced users of Microsoft Project who want to enhance their expertise.
To make the most of this course, participants need some experience of Microsoft Project, including: entering tasks, assigning resources to tasks and printing reports and views. Although not a formality, participants should be familiar with most of the topics covered in Optimum’s Microsoft Project Level 1 course.
Review resource management:
Resource driven or effort driven scheduling; using a resource calendar; assigning resources to tasks; resource costs, accrued costs and fixed costs; identifying and resolving resource conflicts and over-allocation.
Working with costs:
Applying costs to resources; assigning different rates to a resource; adding fixed costs; assessing costs; views to help with costs; using Excel links; creating and tracking resource budgets.
Tracking and updating the schedule:
Understanding tracking techniques, using the Tracking toolbar; adding the actual times and costs; updating tasks and updating the project; adding progress bars; working with baselines; comparing baselines with actual data; making the most of tracking views and tables.
Sharing resources and resolving conflicts; creating a resource pool; attaching a project to a resource pool; monitoring all resource assignments; combining projects quickly; keeping information up-to-date; updating working times; opening a sharer file and updating the resource pool; creating dependency between projects. Exporting information to Excel and Access; copying and pasting information; opening or saving other file formats.
Creating a custom view or a custom table; customising graphical reports; creating and using a Project template; customising the Global template; personalising toolbars and menus; recording and running a macro.
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