Managing Projects with Microsoft Project
Learn best practices for project scheduling and control in Microsoft Project from an instructor who understands how to use it in the real world…
Duration: 2 Days (Online with Live Instructor)
PDU Credits: 14 PDUs
Target Audience: Program managers, project managers, planners, schedulers and any individuals that need to create or maintain schedules in Microsoft Project.
Our two-day Managing Projects with Microsoft Project course is designed to provide practical, hands-on experience in the creation, management, and reporting of project schedules. It teaches the processes of project scheduling and control, and how to implement those processes in Microsoft Project.
The project schedule is often one of the most visible elements of project management in an organization. Learn methods to help ensure that schedules provide valuable information, early warning of potential problems and analysis capability throughout the project life cycle.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Understand the process of project scheduling.
- Use a Work Breakdown Structure to represent all deliverables for the project.
- Extract key milestones and project constraints and incorporate them into the project schedule.
- Define and sequence tasks to build dynamic schedule models.
- Identify the tasks that are most likely to cause a project to be late through Critical Path Methodology analysis.
- Plan and manage resources.
- Utilize the preferred approach to applying status and changes to a project and understand how to analyze resulting impacts to determine schedule health.
- Work with master projects for multiple project analysis.
- Create project reports and understand the audience for each.
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About Your Instructor
This training will be led by Bridget Fleming, PMP, PMI-SP, MCP, a Microsoft Project Expert and Certified Professional with over 25 years of experience with Microsoft Project. Bridget was the chair for the development of PMI’s Practice Standard for Scheduling – Third Edition, and ran a Microsoft Project help-desk for 15 years for a Fortune 100 organization. Bridget has trained thousands of people on implementing best practices in Microsoft Project, Project Server, and Project Online, at organizations including: Microsoft, Boeing Satellite Development Center, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Pratt & Whitney, General Atomics, Caterpillar, Par Pharmaceuticals, and Sellen Construction.
Module 1 – Project Initiation and Project Planning – Work Scope and Schedule Modeling
- Creating the Project
- Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
- Working with Tables, Filters and Views
- Schedule Models
- Creating Tasks
- Linking Tasks
Module 2 – Project Planning continued – CPM and Resource Management
- Critical Path Method (CPM)
- Near Critical Paths
- Resource Planning Process
- Resource Availability
- Resource Analysis and Schedule Impact
- Resource Leveling Concepts
Module 3 – Project Execution
- Project Baselines
- Master Projects
Module 4 – Project Monitoring and Control
- Schedule Status
- Analyzing Project Variances
- Schedule Compression
- Change Control
- What-If Scenario Analysis
- Project Reporting
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