Microsoft Project 2013 (3 Days) – Instructor Led Hands-on Training

This three-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to plan and manage projects using Microsoft Project 2013.To get the most from any project management software, the user must understand the project management techniques upon which the software is based. This course presents the most popular project management software in the context of how a project manager will use it. Participants in this course learn the functions of the software and the project management concepts which make the software effective. The course begins with the basic concepts and leads participants through all the functions they’ll need to plan and manage a small to medium-sized project, including how to level resources and capture both cost and schedule progressTarget AudienceThis course is intended for both novice and experienced Project Managers and projects support personnel who need to apply the discipline of project management using Microsoft® Project Professional/Standard 2013. This course is also recommended to anyone preparing for Exam 70-178: Microsoft Project 2010, Managing Projects

Course Objectives:

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the discipline of project management as it applies to using Project.
  • Learn how to leverage the new Graphic User Interface
  • Create a Work Breakdown Structure
  • Identify Task Relationships
  • Define Resources within Project
  • Make Work Package Estimates
  • Create an Initial Schedule
  • Create a Resource Leveled Schedule
  • Manage and track the project through the software
  • Format Output and Print Reports
  • Integrate Multiple Projects
  • Set up a Project with a Calendar, Start date, and scheduling method
  • Understand Manually Schedule vs. Auto Schedule
  • Manage multiple projects

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course. However, it is helpful to have taken an introductory project management course.

The course includes:

  • Small group (max 12 student)
  • One computer per student
  • Training Material
  • Certified Instructor
  • Quick Reference Card
  • One hour of Free Consulting Services

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Topics:

Module 1: Introduction to Mastering Microsoft Project

  • Describe how Project relates to the discipline of Project management.
  • Know the significant new features of Project 2010.
  • Navigate to the primary views available using the Ribbon
  • Choose Views that display task, resource, or assignment information.
  • Select table within views to change the information that is available to see and edit.
  • Relate the features of Project to the 5 steps for building a plan in Project.

Module 2: A Quick and Easy Overview of Managing with Project

  • Create a new project and prepare it for data entry.
  • Enter project tasks.
  • Sequence the tasks.
  • Define resources.
  • Estimate Task duration and assign resources.
  • Baseline the project.
  • Track project progress.

Module 3: Setting Up a Project

  • Use multiple methods to create a new project, including opening an Excel file and a SharePoint Tasks list.
  • Establish one or more calendars to constrain resource availability.
  • Configure Project to calculate the schedule from the Start Date forward, or from the Finish Date backward.

Module 4: Manually Schedule vs. Auto Schedule

  • Describe which project functions are turned off for tasks using Manually Schedule mode.
  • Change the task mode from Manually Schedule to Auto Schedule and back.
  • Identify tasks that are in Manually Schedule mode by the task mode column and shape on the Gantt chart.
  • Describe situations that are particularly appropriate for using Manually Schedule.
  • Describe the limitations that a user must be aware of when using Manually Schedule mode.

Module 5: Creating a Work Breakdown Structure

  • Build and use summary and subordinate tasks.
  • Understand and use milestones.
  • Develop WBS Outlines.
  • Assign completion criteria.
  • Evaluate the WBS.
  • Understand and use WBS templates.

Module 6: Identifying Task Relationships

  • Understand and use the types of task relationships.
  • Understand and use various methods to create relationships.
  • Determine and display task sequence.
  • Understand and use lag, lead, and delay.

Module 7: Defining resources within Project

  • Define individual resources that will be used on the project.
  • Record the cost (s) of using each type of resource.
  • Record the limit of availability for each type of resource by establishing a resource calendar and defining the maximum units of that resource.

Module 8: Making Work Package Estimates

  • Enter estimates for duration and costs for each task.
  • Distinguish between task types and describe when each is appropriate.
  • Describe the relationship between work, units, and duration.
  • Describe the way Effort Driven scheduling is affected by wowork, units, and duration.
  • Assign tasks to resources using the Team Planner view.

Module 9: Creating an Initial Schedule

  • Calculate the Schedule: The Theory
  • Behind the Software.
  • Critical Path.
  • Schedule Float.
  • Constraints.
  • Deadlines.
  • Task Relationships and Crashing a Schedule.
  • Milestones.
  • Task Inspector.

Module 10: Create a Resource Leveled Schedule

  • Project Statistics.
  • Resource Graph and Resource Sheet.
  • Resource Usage View.
  • Resource Allocation.
  • Task Usage View.
  • Realistic Resource Planning.
  • Resource Leveling.
  • Leveling Settings.
  • Leveling Settings Defined – Leveling Calculations.
  • Leveling Settings Defined – Resolving Over-allocations.
  • The Leveling Gantt Demonstrates Results of Leveling.
  • Manual Leveling.

Module 11: Managing the Project

  • Tracking Field Definitions.
  • Creating the Project Baseline.
  • Displaying the Baseline on a Gantt Chart.
  • The Tracking Gantt.
  • Recording Progress Using % Complete.
  • Updating Task and Resource Status.
  • Recording Progress Using Actual Work.
  • Variance.
  • Percent Complete.
  • Cost.
  • Evaluating and Displaying Variance.
  • Scheduling interruptions.
  • Splitting tasks.
  • Rescheduling Work.

Module 12: Formatting Output and Printing Reports

  • Formatting the Timeline
  • Using the Gantt Wizard
  • Visual Reports
  • Standard Reports
  • Custom Reports
  • Editing a Custom Report
  • Reports
  • Copy Picture to Office Wizard
  • More Formatting for the Gantt Chart
  • Reporting Against Budget
  • Creating a Budget

Module 13: Managing Multiple Projects

  • Integrating Multiple Projects
  • Consolidating Project Files
  • Resource Pools
  • Summary

Module 14: Advanced Topics

  • Customizing WBS Prefix
  • Applying Grouping & Grouping customized Fields
  • Applying Filtering functions
  • Leveraging Global Templates
  • Identify resource delay within a Task
  • Applying Deadlines to a project

Module 15: Summary

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