Course Overview

A few words for MS PROJECT 

Microsoft Project can be the foundation of extremely successful projects that achieve their objectives within timescales and to budget. Using it correctly can help you plan resources, constrain budgets and work out timescales to the day. With a solid grasp of the essentials of this application, you’ll be able to be a better project manager, and this course aims to deliver you confidence in using this programme.

MS PROJECT SPECIFICATIONS

Ms Project has been tested to handle :

  • 1 Master Project with 998 Subprojects
  • 700.000 resources
  • 400.000 Tasks
  • 30.000 calendars

Course Overview

  • Terminology used in MS Project
  • Setting task, resource and project calendars
  • Environment setting options
  • Planning and defining a project
  • Scheduling tasks and creating the Gantt chart
  • Linking tasks and defining relationships
  • Setting milestones, deadlines and constraints
  • Creating sub-projects (Work Breakdown Structure – WBS)
  • Critical path analysis
  • Tracking the project
  • Analysing the project budget
  • Reporting on the project plan
  • Learning shortcuts to help with project planning and reporting

Teaching methods

The course uses a combination of lectures, discussions, click-a-longs, and labs, with a very strong focus on having the student work hand-in-hand with the instructor. The goal is for the student to have maximum time on the keyboard using the features of Microsoft Project. During the teaching sessions the student will build a project from the ground up.

 Focus Group

The course focuses on two student groups:

  1. An new or experienced engineer who needs to:
    • Go beyond learning simply how the buttons and menu bars operate.
    • Understand the importance of how to generate tasks and activities
    • Understand project codes and how to solve resource overallocation or budget overruns.
  2. A project Planner and or Manager who is assigned to a project at any phase of its lifecycle and needs to run a health test to understand how the project file was built.

WIIFY (What is in It for You)

In either group, the participant will be introduced to the methodologies enabling you to perform the following:

a. Before setting the Project Baseline:

  • Optimize the project for minimum duration, costs overruns or by solving resource overallocations.

b. After saving the Baseline:

  • Monitor and Control the Project and enter the actual values or reschedule work for tasks that have yet to start or are partially completed.
  • Generate an analysis report to compare the allocated Budget against current spend.
  • Perform EVM analysis (Earned Value Method) to assess the project performance based on time and cost to forecast the estimated time/cost at project completion.

Material Used

  1. The content of the course notes have been written based on the Microsoft Certification Syllabus.
  2. Build your personal cloud “Canvas” for your office with Visual Graphs in a PDF A1 size paper format. These can the be used as ‘cheat sheets’ instead of having to browse through numerous pages.
  3. Useful articles and links to support your learning on the blog dedicated to the course.

Certification:

On July 2020 Microsoft stops the certification 74-343 for MS Project. The workshop added value is that the participant will have the knowledge and confidence to use the tool the next working day.

To apply please use our application form: Application Form

Note: PMI, PMP, and PMBOK Guide are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

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