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Microsoft Project Course for Project Management

Microsoft Project Course for Project Management

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This Microsoft Project course will allow you to improve your productivity in planning and scheduling as you discover the project management capabilities and features of Microsoft Project. This Microsoft Project course is designed to kick start people using Microsoft Project to schedule their project. The focus of this Microsoft Project course is to teach you how to model and manage you projects well using Microsoft Project, including the development of a schedule, work breakdown structures (WBS), the assignment of resources, estimation, tracking progress and producing reports. This Microsoft Project course reviews the scheduling process in line with the latest edition of the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) and helps users improve their project management skills while using the software to manage project data.

Learning Outcomes

This Microsoft Project course will assist project managers and team members improve their productivity by learning the major features and capabilities of Microsoft Project, and developing hands-on skills in analysing project data with the software.

At the completion of this Microsoft Project course you will:

  1. Understand and use project management terminology and its workflow.
  2. Develop a project schedule incorporating tasks, milestones and task durations.
  3. Create relationships between tasks, set constraints and deadlines and identify tasks on the critical path.
  4. Understand the use of a Work Breakdown Structure in Microsoft Project.
  5. Create and assign project resources, including people, facilities, equipment and materials.
  6. Effectively use resource assignment in a project and develop a budget.
  7. Identify and resolve over-allocated project resources.
  8. Use reporting features to track and analyse a project.
  9. Display and edit their project in a variety of views.
  10. Update project progress.
  11. Manage and report project costs and progress.
  12. Extract data and copy project data to other Office products.
  13. Share resources between projects.
  14. View merged or related projects in a portfolio view.
  15. Customise the tables, views, reports and toolbars used in the software to suit your needs and the needs of your organisation.

Course Content

This Microsoft Project course will cover the following content:

Brief introduction to Project Management

  • Overview of Project Management and the Planning Process.
  • Defining the Scope of the Project and the WBS.
  • Developing the Project Schedule.
  • Assigning Project Resources.
  • Controlling Project Execution.
  • Role of a scheduling tool like MS Project.

Starting Microsoft Project

  • The components of Microsoft Project’s interface and its database.
  • Selecting and using components of the Microsoft Project ribbon, built in tables and views, including the View Bar.
  • Getting started – defining Project Information, data entry, setting the project start date, linking tasks.
  • Options: project specific options and generic options; removing undesirable options such as manual scheduling and Effort Driven tasks.

Scheduling the project in Microsoft Project – The Work Breakdown Structure and task dependencies

  • The project calendar – base calendar and resource calendars; creating and assigning a calendar.
  • Purpose of the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) - defining deliverables, tasks and their logical relationships; outlining in MS Project.
  • Task types: Fixed Duration, Fixed units and Fixed Work; recurring tasks.
  • Estimating durations or work (effort).
  • Task dependencies/relationships, the Network view and the Critical Path.
  • Deadlines and project constraints.

Adding and assigning resources in Microsoft Project

  • Different types of resources: part-time, full-time, machines, material resources, personnel.
  • Entering and Assigning Resources – full-time, part-time and intermittent assignments; single and multiple assignments.
  • Managing and levelling workloads; resource sheets and resource views; limitations of automated levelling.

Working with project costs in Microsoft Project

  • Types of cost: fixed costs and variable costs (period cost, per unit cost, per use cost).
  • How to model each type of cost in MS Project – labour and facilities, materials and lump sum (firm fixed price costs).
  • Using cost rate tables for rate escalation and multiple rates per resource.

Displaying project data in Microsoft Project

  • Objects: views, tables, filters, calendars and maps.
  • Exploring Views.
  • Generating Project Reports.
  • Using drawing tools.

Sorting and filtering data in Microsoft Project

  • Sorting Project Data.
  • Filtering Project Data.
  • Creating Custom Filters.

Analysing the project / troubleshooting

  • Resolving time restrictions and setting deadlines.
  • Resource work?hour considerations.
  • Resolving Resource Conflicts.
  • “What if?” analysis.

Setting the baseline plan in Microsoft Project

  • Creating a Baseline Plan.
  • Using a tracking view
  • Clearing a Baseline.

Tracking project progress Microsoft Project

  • Modifying the environment for Tracking.
  • Entering data for Completed Tasks.
  • Entering Actual data for Tasks in Progress.
  • Adjusting the schedule of future tasks.

Working with data in other applications

  • Importing Data.
  • Exporting Data.
  • Copying Project data into other Office applications.

Advanced features of Microsoft Project: Resource pools, multiple projects and automation

  • Working with a Resource Pool.
  • Working with Sub-projects and Master Projects.
  • Simple customisation of tables and reports.
  • Using the Organiser utility.

Intended Audience

This Microsoft Project training course provides a comprehensive and thorough coverage of Microsoft Project and requires little or no prior knowledge Microsoft Project. This Microsoft Project training course is ideal for new or existing Project Managers, Project Officers, Business Analysts or any business professional who is seeking to learn Microsoft Project functionality as outlined in the course content.

Certification

This Microsoft Project course partially satisfies the training requirements for Project Management Institute’s Project Management Professional (PMP) qualification. This project management course offers 14 Professional Development Units (PDUs). For those seeking PDUs for Project Management Institute (PMI) accreditation, reference codes will be provided to participants at the completion of this course. PDUs are valid for six (6) years for those seeking accreditation for the first time or three (3) years for those seeking to renew accreditation.

Delivery Style

This Microsoft Project training course is presented as a practical, instructor-led computer-based training course in a Microsoft Windows environment. In this Microsoft Project training course you’ll have dedicated access to a computer exclusively for your use so you can follow instructor training and work through examples in an application-focused teaching environment.

Course Prerequisites

This Microsoft Project training course assumes little or no knowledge of Microsoft Project. However, it would be beneficial to have a general understanding of project management methodology. For those new to Project Management or those seeking formal training in project methodology you may be interested in our suite of project courses including Project Management Course for Non-Project Managers, Project Management Course: The Professional Guide and Project Management Course: The Master Guide. You should be familiar with the basic functions of a computer operating system such as navigating the environment using a mouse and keyboard, starting applications, copying and pasting objects, formatting text, creating folders, opening files, saving files, familiarity with the accessing the Internet and use of common web browsers. If you do not have these skills, we recommend attending the Basic Computer Skills Course before attempting this course.

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