Microsoft Project

Work smarter, not harder. Microsoft Project is a feature rich tool that will help a project manager plan, track, and control a project and facilitate communication.

This Microsoft Project course follows a project management process of Initiation, Planning, Executing, Monitoring/Controlling and Closing. The intent of this structure is to help make the correlation of how and when you use Microsoft Project in the various phases of a project's life.

We take a hands on approach to train you in effective use of Microsoft Project. Through practical demonstration and a project to work through, the course will help you build confidence and capability. After all, the user must know how to make the most of a tool in order to realize its true value.

Highlights

By the end of this course you will know how to:

  • The preparatory activities require to create and configure a project
  • Prepare your project plan in the software from work breakdown to resource levelling
  • Execute your project and keeping it up to date through baselining and performance data
  • Monitor project performance and identify where corrective actions may be needed
  • Carry out the tasks required to close out your project

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Section 1: Orientation

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Unit 1.1 - Introduction

An introduction to Microsoft Project

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Unit 1.2 - Course Structure

An overview of the course structure and objectives

Section 2: Initiation

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Unit 2.1 - Navigating Microsoft Project

How to navigate in the tool and understand the default views you have chosen to choose from.

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Unit 2.2 - Defining Your Project

Discover how to turn on and manage projects, calendars, and task mode

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Unit 2.3 - Section 2: Plenary

Summary of how to use the software and set up a project

Section 3: Planning

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Unit 3.1 - Creating a Work Breakdown Structure

Understand what a Work Breakdown Structure is and how to input them into Project

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Unit 3.2 - Milestones

Appreciate the significance and impact of milestones and be able to set them in the tool

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Unit 3.3 - Task Duration

Differentiate between Duration and Work and be able to enter the durations into the tool

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Unit 3.4 - Task Dependencies

Know what task dependencies are and be able to establish links between tasks. This includes coverage of constraints and the critical path.

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Unit 3.5 - Assigning Resources

The process of assigning resources and how to level resource assignments are covered.

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Unit 3.6 - Section 3: Plenary

Summary of the planning phase and the relationships with work breakdown, dependencies and resources.

Section 4: Executing

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Unit 4.1 - Project Baseline

Understand what the baseline is, why it is important to the project manager. Use Project to create and update the project baseline.

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Unit 4.2 - Updating Progress

Update project progress in the tool in terms of percentage as well as actual duration values for tasks.

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Unit 4.3 - Section 4: Plenary

Summary explaining the value of setting up baselines and keeping project progress up to date

Section 5: Monitoring and Controlling

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Unit 5.1 - Project Variances

Understand what project variances mean for the project and steps to use the earned value reporting capability to monitor them.

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Unit 5.2 - Reports

How to create reports in the tool and best practice in terms of project reporting

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Unit 5.3 - Section 5: Plenary 

Summary of how using project variances and reporting support the monitoring and control phase of a project

Section 6: Closing

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Unit 6.1 - Closing the Project

Steps to make sure work is reflected as complete in the schedule and no planned tasks are incomplete

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Unit 6.2 - Section 6: Plenary

Summary of how to close off a project

Pricing

Pricing is for 12 months access.

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Requirements

Software:

  • Required: Microsoft Project
  • To get the most from this course, it is expected that you have an understanding of project management processes and techniques. This could be from having done previous training or hands on involved in projects.

Completion Time: 6 hours (average)