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Microsoft Office 2010: Beginning Project Part 1

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The role of Project Manager is an important position in virtually any organization. The move from traditional project management to using project management software can help any project manager become more efficient and successful. This course provides an overview of project management fundamentals, including the stages of a project life cycle, the basic project management processes, and how Microsoft Project 2010 project management software benefits both the manager and the project itself.
  • recognize examples of a project
  • identify the characteristics of a project
  • recognize project management responsibilities
  • identify characteristics of the project life cycle
  • match project management processes with their corresponding characteristics
  • recognize benefits of using project management software
  • match project management process areas with corresponding tools in Project 2010
  • recognize characteristics of projects and project management processes
Microsoft Project 2010 includes a variety of straightforward and easily accessible features to simplify the process of managing projects, all located and organized within the Project 2010 layout. This course provides an overview of the Project 2010 interface, including the Ribbon feature, Project 2010 Backstage, and how to navigate within the Microsoft Project 2010 application.
  • recognize the purpose of elements of the Project 2010 interface
  • match views available in Project 2010 with their corresponding descriptions
  • customize the Quick Access Toolbar
  • locate the commands on the Ribbon for performing various functions in Project 2010
  • open, save, and close a Project 2010 file
  • locate given commands in the Project 2010 Backstage view
  • start up Project 2010 and check resource information in a project file
  • customize the Quick Access Toolbar
  • match Ribbon and Backstage tabs with their corresponding commands and tools
Before your project can get going, you need to have tools in place that will allow you to control tasks and organize the resources you'll use to complete your project. This course covers the steps for setting up a new project from a template, from an existing project, or from SharePoint Task Lists. The course also covers project calendars, including how to edit working days and create exceptions.
  • determine the best approach for setting up a new project in Project 2010
  • create a project using a new blank project file
  • create a new project using an existing project plan
  • create a new project using a template
  • create a new project using a SharePoint task list
  • create a new project using a task list in an Excel workbook
  • create exceptions in a project calendar
  • create a resource calendar
  • create a task calendar
  • create a new project
  • create a project calendar, given a scenario
Your project file is probably the most important tool you will use to manage your project throughout its entire project lifecycle. In order to be effective though, it's important you understand how the file works, and how vital project information is for keeping the file relevant to your specific project. This course covers the six steps for defining a new project's properties, including setting your project start date, the project working schedule, and options unique to your particular project.
  • perform actions involved in defining a new project in Project 2010
  • match pages in the Project Options dialog with corresponding options
  • name and save a new project file in Project 2010
  • recognize examples of appropriately named project files
  • identify alternative file types available in Project 2010
  • apply project-specific properties and settings to a project file
  • save the project with an appropriate filename
A project is made up of tasks, and the job of a project manager essentially boils down to one thing: making sure tasks are properly defined, organized, planned, and carried out. Good scheduling leads to timely completion of the project, and that relies on the ability to order and link tasks, and set appropriate durations and constraints. This course covers the steps for entering and editing tasks within Microsoft Project 2010, setting milestones, organizing tasks into phases, and identifying task dependencies. The course also introduces methods for applying constraints and deadlines to your project tasks to keep them on schedule.
  • add tasks to a project plan
  • determine whether given tasks should be automatically or manually scheduled in Project 2010
  • recognize guidelines for using summary tasks and milestones
  • recognize different types of task dependencies
  • manage dependencies between tasks
  • apply a constraint to a given task in Project 2010
  • perform scheduling tasks in Project 2010

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