Course Overview

This Two-day, instructor-led course is intended for professionals who are interested in expanding their knowledge base and technical skills about Microsoft Project 2016. The course begins with the basic concepts and leads you through all the functions you’ll need to plan and manage a small to medium-size project, including how to level resources and capture both cost and schedule progress.

This course will also help students prepare for Microsoft Project Exam 74-343 Managing Projects with Microsoft Project.

Course Methodology

This course is practical with hands-on training on MS Project. 40% of the course is theory built. 60% uses MS Project. Laptops will be made available duration of the training. In addition, the book 'Microsoft Project 2013' will be distributed at the course, in electronic copies.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
  • Completing a full project life cycle takes you through planning
  • Tracking progress and responding to variance
  • Define projects and identify project constraints
  • Develop project files and calendars
  • Schedule tasks and entering recurring tasks
  • Produce resources and assign them to tasks
  • Identify critical path and apply resource leveling
  • Prepare baselines and track project progress
  • Design project status reports and customize charts
  • Create resource pools and consolidate project plans

Target Audience

This course is intended for both novice and experienced project managers, managers, schedulers, and other project stake holders who need to incorporate the discipline of project management with Microsoft Project 2016.

Target Competencies

  • Planning Business project
  • Scheduling project Tasks
  • Organizing Projects Tasks and Resources
  • Executing Tasks
  • Controlling project Tasks, resources, costs
  • Generating project Reports and Designing new ones

Course Outline

INITIALIZE A PROJECT

  • In this section, you will learn how to create a project using template from a completed project, existing template, existing project, SharePoint task list, or Excel workbook
  • Create and maintain calendars by setting working or non-working hours and days for calendars, set a base calendar, resource calendar, and hours per day, apply calendars to project, task, and resource levels
  • Create custom fields using basic formulas, graphical indicator criteria, lookup tables, and task and resource custom fields
  • Customize option settings and how to set default task types, manual versus auto-scheduling, project options, calendar options, customized ribbon, and quick access toolbar

CREATE A TASK-BASED SCHEDULE

  • In this section, you will learn how to set up project information by defining project start date, apply calendars and current date, enter project properties, and display the project summary task on a new project
  • Create and modify a project task structure such as summary tasks and subtasks, rearrange tasks, create milestones, create manually scheduled tasks, outline, set tasks as active or inactive
  • Set date constraints, deadlines, dependencies, links, duration equations, effort-driven tasks, and formulas and choose a task type
  • Create a user-controlled schedule and set or change the task mode (manual or auto), display warnings and suggestions and use estimated durations and user-controlled summary tasks
  • Manage multiple projects that share the same resource pool. You will learn how to create links between projects, resolve conflicts between linked projects, work with master projects and sub-projects and summarize data in master projects

MANAGE RESOURCES & ASSIGNMENTS

  • In this section, we will learn how to enter and edit resource information such as max units, resource types, resource rate table, cost per use, availability, resource group, generic resources, and cost resources
  • Resources assignments; you will use task forms, assign multiple resources to tasks using units that represent part-time work and edit assignments
  • Manage resource allocation and view task resource usage, availability across multiple projects, and change assignment information, level, and replace resources. Also you will learn how to display current resource allocations and assignments, manage unassigned tasks, resolve resource conflicts, level resource over-allocations and substitute resources using Team Planner
  • Manage Model project costs and learn how to enter and assign resource-based costs (work, material, cost), cost per use, fixed costs, accrual method and apply a resource rate table

TRACK & ANALYZE A PROJECT

  • Use multiple baselines, baseline an entire project, baseline selected tasks and update a baseline
  • Update actual progress percentage completion and remaining duration, status, dates, and use actual work and usage views to reschedule uncompleted work and cancel an unneeded task
  • Compare progress against a baseline by using date variance, work variance, cost variance, and task slippage. Learn how to show variance of the current plan against baseline (tracking Gantt) and select a view to display variance
  • Resolve potential schedule problems and display warnings, suggestions, and task drivers by using Task Inspector and Task Path
  • View the critical path in single or master projects, view total slack and display progress against baseline or deadlines
Location & Dates
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