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Using Microsoft Project (2013 and 2016)

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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!

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Class Description

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!

In this Course, You will Learn How to:

  • 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
  • Consolidate project and resources

Immediate Benefits of attending this course:

  • Obtain a deep understanding of MS Project
  • Build detailed project schedules that make sense
  • Use the scheduling engine and the “magic formula” to build efficient plans
  • Learn how to share your plans with others in great looking formats
  • Learn quick ways to progress your plans and track actuals the easy way
  • Generate earned value analysis reports for your executives
  • Consolidate plans and build master project plans of your entire portfolio!

Course Outline:

1) Introduction

2) Project Management 101
a. Benefits of Sound Project Management
b. What is Project Management
c. Rules of Order in Project Management
d. Elements of Developing a Project Plan
e. Project Management Philosophy
f. The Four Cornerstones of Project Management
g. Good WBS Design Principles

3) Navigating MS Project 2013
a. Project Interface
b. Screen Layouts
c. Backstage View
d. Reporting

4) Starting a Plan and Creating Tasks
a. Creating Project Plans
b. Setup Calendars
c. Building Task Plans
d. Durations
e. Milestones and Summary Tasks
f. Task Dependences
g. Manual and Automatic Scheduling

5) Setting up Resources and Assignments
a. Resource Types
b. Pay Rates and Capacity
c. The Scheduling Formula
d. Controlling Work

6) Formatting and Sharing a Plan
a. Gantt Chart Views
b. Timeline View
c. Customizing Reports
d. Printing, Copying Views

7) Tracking Progress
a. Baselines
b. Tracking Actuals

8) Advanced Task Scheduling
a. Task Relationships with Task Paths
b. Lead and Lag Times
c. Task Constraints
d. Task Calendars
e. Task Types
f. Critical Paths

9) Advanced Resource Management
a. Resource Availability
b. Multiple Pay Rates
c. Resource Capacity
d. Team Planner View
e. Resource Over Allocations
f. Resource Leveling

10) Tracking Progress on Tasks
a. Updating Baselines
b. Time-phased Work
c. Incomplete Work

11) Earned Value Analysis
a. Earned Value Definitions
b. Derived Metrics

12) Viewing and Reporting Project Status
a. Examining Task Costs
b. Examining Resource Costs

13) Consolidating Project and Resources
a. Consolidating Plans
b. Creating dependencies across plans

In-Class Exercises:
• Lab 1 – Navigating Project 2013
• 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

Who should attend this course:
• Project Managers
• Program Managers
• Project Leads
• Product Managers
• Resource Managers
• PMO Leaders
• Other roles involved in planning and preparing project schedules

Additional Info

Class Locations

Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX

Class Dates

April 21, 2016 thru April 22, 2016

Class Length

2 days

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Course registration information:

All courses carry Project Consult’s Guarantee of 100% Satisfaction: 
Project Consults provides an unsurpassed training experience. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the program, simply notify the instructor or registrar of your intent to withdraw from the program prior to the first morning break, turn in your course materials and receive a 100% refund. If at the end of the program day, you are unsatisfied with the program, we will credit your tuition towards a future program of your choice.

Payment Policy:
Payment is required at time of registration. Approved forms of payment include a company purchase order, PayPal, or credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

Courses are available as onsite training: 
All courses are available as onsite training at your location. On-site options can be very cost effective.

Course Hours:
This course begins promptly at 8:30 AM and ends at 4:30 PM, unless otherwise noted on the course page or in email notifications. Please arrive at 8:00 AM on the first morning of class to sign-in and meet your fellow attendees.

Shipping of Course Materials:
In an effort to reduce paper waste, course materials for live-online sessions will be digital. You will recieve information on how to obtain your course materials in your confirmation email.

Substitution & Cancellation Policy: 
If a change needs to be made to your public course registration (cancel, transfer, or substitution) Project Consults must receive written notice via email at sales@projectconsults.com. If a cancel or transfer request is made less than 15 business days prior to the class start date, payment will still be due, no refunds will be issued and you will be charged a $200 change fee. Your paid tuition will be available for one year to be used as a credit towards another course of equal value; only one reenrollment opportunity is allowed. Failure to attend the course without written notification will result in forfeiture of the full course price. Student substitutions may be made at any time prior to the start of class free of charge. If a student substitution is made for a live, online session and any hard-copy materials have been provided to the initial student, it is the responsibility of the client to pass along those materials to the new attendee. If Project Consults is forced to cancel a course for any reason, liability is limited to the registration fee only. If you have questions or concerns, please contact sales@projectconsults.com or call 469-424-1084.

In certain situations, Project Consults may not have the required enrollment to hold a course as scheduled. We do our best to confirm every class, but our main mission is to provide students with the skills and knowledge to have a positive impact on their work performance. Based on this, should there be a cancellation for a class you are enrolled in, Project Consults will proactively automatically enroll you into the next available live, online session of the same course to provide you with the knowledge you originally needed. You will be notified during this process and have the ability to work with an Project Consults representative regarding alternate options if you are unable to attend the new session.

Substitution & Cancellation Policy (PMP Boot Camp): 
If you are unable to attend your scheduled training class, please contact us directly at 469-424-1084. We require a 16 calendar day notice to reschedule or to cancel any registration (and receive refund for payment). Failure to provide the required notification will result in a 100% charge of the course fee. If a student does not attend a scheduled course without prior notification, or contacts us to cancel within the notification window, the student will have the option to pay a $200 reschedule fee to attend one of the live, online sessions of the PMP Boot Camp. Within the notification period, only student substitutions will be permitted.

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