Lesson 1 – Introduction to Mastering Microsoft Project
The value of project management software! How does Project integrate with the project management discipline? The best strategies for navigating the application using the new Ribbon. Includes introduction of features that are new in Project 2013.
Lesson 2 – A Quick and Easy Overview of Managing with Project
Get the big picture on using Project to plan and manage a project. See the high-level process that will be the basis for the remainder of the course.
Lesson 3 - Setting Up a New Project
Start a project off right. Open it from Excel or SharePoint or create a new project within Project. Establish a calendar and set the basic parameters for the scheduling engine.
Lesson 4 - Manually Schedule vs. Auto Schedule
A major new feature in Project 2013! Understand how to turn off Project’s scheduling engine and when to do it.
Lesson 5 - Building a work breakdown structure (WBS)
What is a WBS? Get a grip on tasks, summary tasks and milestones. Know the difference between WBS numbering and outline numbering. Guidelines for a better WBS.
Lesson 6 - Establish task relationships
Introducing task dependencies and network diagrams. What are lag, lead and delay? Format the network diagram.
Lesson 7 - Defining Resources within Project
Resources accomplish the work on projects. Know the different resource types and how to establish their characteristics.
Lesson 8 -Making Work Package Estimates
Create duration estimates and effort driven schedules. Use effort and task types to control Project’s scheduling engine.
Lesson 9 - Creating an Initial Schedule
Use critical path analysis to create a schedule. Understand scheduling constraints. “Crash” a schedule.
Lesson 10 - Create a Resource Leveled Schedule
Balance the available people and other resources with the need for speed on your project. Realistic schedules have realistic expectations about resource availability.
Lesson 11 - Managing the Project
Capture plan vs actual information to identify performance problems and communicate project progress. Use a project baseline to find variance. How to split tasks and reschedule work.
Lesson 12 - Formatting output and printing Reports
Communicate effectively. Format the immense amount of information in Project into meaningful reports.
Lesson 13 – Managing Multiple Projects
Combine many smaller projects together to see multi-project views of resource use or coordinate among projects.
Lesson 14 – Advanced Topics
Powerful, useful, and rarely used features to take you to the next level of effectiveness.
Lesson 15 – Exam Study Tips
Know what to study and what to expect on the exam.