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Successfully managing time, tasks, people and resources can be a challenge! Microsoft Project can help you design a successful project plan and track details across complex projects. In this class, we will demystify all the features and scheduling engine of Microsoft Project. Students will fully understand how to build detailed project schedules, track and update actuals, build great reports, and track all the details of your project in Microsoft Project.

Topics include navigating Project, starting a new project plan and building task schedules, setting resources and assignments, formatting and sharing your plan, and tracking process. We'll also dedicate time to advanced topics like the scheduling engine, manual and automatic scheduled tasks, fixed duration versus fixed units, advanced resource management, and more. Students will spend time understanding earned value analysis and how to track within MS Project. You've always wanted to understand the intricacies of MS Project – and now you can!

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

  • 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
1) Introduction

2) Project Management 101

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

3) Navigating MS Project

Project Interface
Screen Layouts
Backstage View
Reporting

4) Starting a Plan and Creating Tasks

Creating Project Plans
Setup Calendars
Building Task Plans
Durations
Milestones and Summary Tasks
Task Dependences
Manual and Automatic Scheduling

5) Setting up Resources and Assignments

Resource Types
Pay Rates and Capacity
The Scheduling Formula
Controlling Work

6) Formatting and Sharing a Plan

Gantt Chart Views
Timeline View
Customizing Reports
Printing, Copying Views

7) Tracking Progress

Baselines
Tracking Actuals

8) Advanced Task Scheduling

Task Relationships with Task Paths
Lead and Lag Times
Task Constraints
Task Calendars
Task Types
Critical Paths

9) Advanced Resource Management

Resource Availability
Multiple Pay Rates
Resource Capacity
Team Planner View
Resource Over Allocations
Resource Leveling

10) Tracking Progress on Tasks

Updating Baselines
Time-phased Work
Incomplete Work

11) Earned Value Analysis

Earned Value Definitions
Derived Metrics
12) Viewing and Reporting Project Status

Examining Task Costs
Examining Resource Costs

13) Consolidating Project and Resources

Consolidating Plans
Creating dependencies across plans
 

In-Class Exercises:

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 overallocations manually
Lab 47 - Leveling overallocated resources
Lab 48 – Updating a baseline
Lab 49 - Tracking actual and remaining values for tasks and assignments
Lab 50 - Tracking timephased 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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