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Microsoft Project with Microsoft Office 2016

Course number: MSPR-CGI001

This course provides a complete hands-on introduction to Microsoft Project. During this three day comprehensive course, you will learn how to effectively schedule, optimize, track, analyze and report on your project’s tasks and resources. The course focuses on the application’s basic functionality while providing opportunities to learn intermediate and advanced functionality. Most of the courses exercises are based on a single, real-world project that helps you build practical skills that you can transfer into the field. You will leave this course with an understanding of how to use Microsoft Project to efficiently develop realistic schedules.

Who will benefit from this course?

This course is beneficial for anyone who requires hands-on training in the effective use of Microsoft Project for project planning and control. Those who would benefit from attending this course might have the following, or similar, responsibilities:

  • Installing a new network
  • Scheduling a migration program
  • Moving the company office
  • Replacing hardware
  • Managing a project team
  • Scheduling subcontractors
  • Analyzing project plans developed by others
Course Outline
Introduction to Microsoft Project
  • Overview of project management concepts that apply to Microsoft Project
  • Introducing the Microsoft Project interface
  • Customizing the Ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar
  • Creating a New Project Plan
  • Producing a work breakdown structure (WBS)
  • Entering tasks, summary tasks and milestones
  • Estimating and entering task duration
  • Establishing relationships between tasks
  • Working with different types of dependencies
  • Adjusting the project schedule to target specific dates
Scheduling essentials
  • Leveraging manual and automatic scheduling
  • Conceptualizing and identifying the critical path
  • Analyzing and managing the schedule
Optimizing the project plan
  • Implementing lag and lead
  • Applying deadline dates to the project plan
  • Setting, locating and removing task constraints
  • Managing master and subprojects
Configuring calendars
  • Creating new and updating existing calendars
  • Analyzing the relationship between project, task and resource calendars
  • Changing default calendar options
Applying calendars to projects, tasks and resources
  • Assigning calendars appropriately
  • Updating your project plan due to calendar changes
Sharing project calendars
  • Saving calendar changes to the Global template
  • Sharing and organizing calendars
Keeping Your Project on Track
  • Keeping Your Project on Track
Preparing for tracking
  • Validating the project plan
  • Establishing the baseline
Tracking task progress
  • Identifying key steps in the tracking process
  • Updating the project plan with tracking data
  • Analyzing variance against the project plan
  • Creating graphical status indicators
Troubleshooting schedule problems
  • Reviewing project task updates for timeline problems
  • Resolving issues with the project schedule
Managing Project Resources and Assignments
  • Managing Project Resources and Assignments
Creating and assigning resources
  • Defining work, material and cost resources
  • Assigning resources to tasks
  • Utilizing budget resources
  • Configuring resource pools
Managing and tracking resource assignments
  • Troubleshooting resource assignments
  • Investigating and resolving resource over allocations
  • Tracking assignment progress
  • Leveraging the Usage views to manage assignments
Analyzing Project Data and Preparing Reports
  • Analyzing Project Data and Preparing Reports
Identifying communication needs
  • Defining stakeholder groups
  • Identifying project communication requirements
Creating reports
  • Examining basic and dynamic report types
  • Designing dashboard indicator reports
  • Building custom tables, filters and reports
  • Creating Visual Report templates
  • Automating reporting tasks via macros
Interacting with other applications
  • Sharing data using the Timeline view
  • Overview of collaboration features
  • Employing import and export maps

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