MS ProjectCourse Duration: 40 Hr

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Course Description

MS Project has been especially developed for project management and is a useful software application for planning, tracking and controlling a project. MS Project is only a tool which supports project managers. It does not execute project management for you.

Course Price: $ 450 $ 400

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Prerequisites

  • Should have a basic knowledge on project management skills.

Curriculum

  • Part 1 -The Basics of Project Scheduling
  • Participants’ Backgrounds, Needs, and Expectations
  • What is a Project?
  • Recurring Theme 1 – Simplicity, Transparency, and No Loss of Control
  • Recurring Theme 2 – Effort versus Accuracy — the Asymptotic Curve
  • Using Windows Explorer
  • File Name View Options
  • Verifying the Version Number and the Application of Service
    Releases/Service Packs
  • Help Facilities — Too Much? — How To Turn Off
  • A Tour of the Screen – Names & Definitions
  • Notice lateral scroll bars at the bottom of both sides of the screen
  • Menu Bar, Tool Bars, Icons, and the View Bar. (P2010: Ribbons)
  • Turning Off Personalized Menus
  • Customizing Tool Bars (P2003-2007) and Ribbons (P2010)
  • Selecting a Project Start Date
  • Start Date versus End Date Scheduling
  • Entering Tasks – Observe What Project Does
  • Adding and Hiding Columns, and a Quick Discussion of Project’s Data Base
  • Duration Defined
  • Elapsed Duration
  • The Time Scale — Various Ways to Manage It
  • The Third Timescale Level
  • Summary Tasks and Detail Tasks (“Parent” and “Child” Tasks)
  • Properties of Summary Tasks
  • Outline Levels
  • The “Line Zero” Project Summary Task
  • Viewing Outline Numbers
  • WBS Numbers and Outline Numbers — Differences
  • Viewing Outline Levels – Preview of Filters
  • Standard Links (FS) using the Link and Unlink Icons
  • Selecting Adjoining Tasks with the Shift Key
  • Selecting Non-Adjoining Tasks with the Control Key – The Order Matters!
  • Linking Graphically – Slightly Dangerous
  • Three Other Types of Links (SS, FF, and the bizarre SF)
  • Entering Links in the Task Information Box and Other Forms
  • Power Linking by Typing Directly into the Predecessors or Successors
    Columns
  • Linking Summary Tasks — Controversy and Confusion (“Hidden Hands”)
  • Lags: Positive, Negative, and Percentage
  • Combining Lags with SS and FF Link Types
  • Documenting the Reasons for Lags with Notes
  • Small Negative Lags versus Large Negative Lags
  • An Alternative to Lags
  • Constraints Frequently Set in Error – By Typing or Pasting Dates
  • Eight Types of Constraints – Most of These Should be Avoided
  • When Constraints Conflict with Links – a Switch Determines Who Wins
  • When are Date Constraints OK to Use?
  • Documenting the Reasons for Constraints with Notes
  • The Purpose of Milestones – When Are They Useful?
  • Conflicting Definitions with Other Applications like MPM
  • The Milestones Filter
  • The Deadline Feature
  • More About Notes – Capacity and the Ability to Insert Objects
  • Adding Hyperlinks to Tasks, and How they Compare with Notes
  • Recurring Tasks
  • Splitting Tasks
  • Moving Tasks Around in a Schedule – Methods and the Level Problem
  • Moving Columns to New Positions
  • To Autolink or Not To Autolink Inserted or Moved Tasks
  • Saving Work with Autosave, and Version Control Issues
  • The Language of Tasks: When Verbs, When Nouns
  • How Logic Flows Through an Unconstrained Schedule
  • How Detailed Should Schedules Be?
  • Understanding The Critical Path
  • Different Views that Show the Critical Path
  • Adding the Critical Path to the Gantt View with a Wizard
  • Microsoft’s Critical Path Options in the Tool Box (Tools-Options-Calculation)
  • The Impact of Date Constraints on the Critical Path
  • The Impact of Task Progress on the Critical Path — The Different Effects of
    FS and SS Links
  • The Impact of Deadlines on the Critical Path — A Departure from the Classic
    Definition of “Critical”
  • Elapsed Durations, ALAP Tasks, and their Effect on Critical Path
  • What Kind of Schedules Really “Need” Filters? — Large Ones!
  • Filters (1) – The “Show” Button is a Kind of Filter – Very Useful for Top-Down
    Analysis
  • Filters (2) – Auto filters are a Second Kind of Filter – Quick and Easy, and
    They Can Be Combined
  • Filters (3) – The Filter Box Lists All Standard and Custom Filters Available
  • Creating and Saving Custom Filters – Very Powerful, Very Useful for Special
    Views
  • What is a Highlight Filter?
  • Linking a Filter with a View
  • When Would Sorting be Useful
  • Sorting (1) – The Quick Sort — Several Choices in the Menu
  • Problems and Limitations with the Quick Sort
  • Sorting (2) – The Full Sort — Managing the Two Check Boxes
  • Restoring Original Line Order with the Sort by ID Option
  • The “Grouping” Function
  • Changing Field Names – 2 Ways
  • The View-Specific Change Technique — Double Click Column Header
  • The Durable Change Technique — Customizing the Field
  • Limiting Entries into Optional Fields with Data Validation
  • Adding a Formula to an Optional Field
  • Adding “Stoplight” Graphics to an Optional Field
  • Separate Customization Choices for Summary Tasks
  • The Calendar View
  • The Network Diagram View (Formerly Called “PERT” View)
  • The Relationship Diagram View
  • Splitting the Screen, and Managing the Two Split Halves
  • The “Arrange All” Function — For Managing Multiple Open Projects
  • The Standard Reports
  • Editing and Customizing Reports
  • Using the Gantt View instead of Microsoft Project’s Reports
  • Adding a Text Box
  • Adding Clip Art
  • Adding Sound and Video Objects
  • Wrapping Text to Handle Long Task Names
  • What Columns Will Appear in Print — a Big Problem Resolved
  • Gantt Bar Appearances – the Bar Styles Dialogue Box
  • Adding and Removing Text and Dates from Gantt Bars and Milestones
  • Link Appearances — Suppressing Links in Large Schedules
  • The Scaling Option – Get More Space with the Percent Scaling Tool
  • Building Headers with Variable Inserts
  • Building Footers with Variable Inserts – a Suggested Standard
  • Turning the Legend On and Off
  • The Final Setup Tab: Showing Notes, Blank Pages, Etc.
  • Last Look at Zooming – Where is the Print Date Range Dialogue Hidden?
  • Extra Polish: Adding Logos to Headers for Special Presentations
  • Formatting Options are Stored in Views
  • Exporting Gantt Views to Word and PowerPoint with the Camera Icon
  • Exporting with the Print Screen Key and ALT-PrintScreen
  • Exporting Data to Excel — the Outline Level Problem
  • Exporting Data to Access — the Choice of Power Users
  • Overview of the Organizer: the 2-Library Concept
  • What Project Does when it Looks For a New View or Filter, etc.
  • Where Modifications are Saved – the Local Library
  • What the Global Library is (GLOBAL.MPT), and Why it is Useful
  • Making Custom Filters, Views, etc. Available to Other Schedules on Your
    Computer
  • Sharing Custom Filters, Views, etc. with Friends and Colleagues
  • More about Views – What They Contain and What They Don’t
  • Part 2 – Working with Resources
  • Entering and Naming Resources – Two Ways
  • Maximum Availability — What it Means
  • Showing Availability as a Percentage or Decimal
  • Human Resources, Fixed Cost Items, and Material Resources
  • Resource Rates and Costs
  • Adding Resource Notes
  • Many Ways to Assign Resources
  • Virtues of the Resource Assignment Icon and Box
  • Adding a Resource at Less than its Maximum Availability
  • Filtering on Resources
  • Look at Project Total Cost as Resources are Added: The Statistics Box
  • Whiteboard Lecture: The Project Triangle — Relationships Among Scope,
    Resources, and Time
  • Creating a Schedule for Each Task Type, With and Without “Effort Driven”
  • Watch What Happens When the Second Resource is Added – Another Big
    Problem Clarified
  • The “Usage” Views: Resource Usage and Task Usage
  • Resource Editing and Contours
  • The Concept of “Assignment”
  • Assignment Information Options
  • Five Cost Schedules
  • Viewing Resource Workloads and Task Assignments
  • The Resource Graph — Note Peak Units Problem Versus Total Work
  • Analyzing Resource Conflicts With Split Screen Views
  • Whiteboard Notes: The Manager’s Knowledge and Options
  • Replacing a Resource
  • Definition and Overview of Leveling
  • Demonstration of Leveling with a Sample Schedule
  • Look at “Leveling Delay” in the Detail Gantt View
  • Leveling Options: Level Within Slack, and Other Options
  • Task Priority and How it Changes Leveling
  • Clearing Leveling – Doesn’t Always Remove Splits
  • Discussion: When Leveling Makes No Sense, and When it Might
  • Using Calendars
  • Creating a New Base Calendar
  • Setting the Overall Project Calendar in Project-Project Information
  • Assigning Resources to Different Base Calendars
  • Customizing Resource Calendars
  • Problem: A Day for You Isn’t a Day for Me: The Options Tab Controls what a
    Day of Duration Means
  • Problem: Assign Work to a Resource when the Resource Isn’t Working (First
    with Fixed Duration, Then with Fixed Units)
  • Assigning a Calendar to a Task
  • Resource Availability Dates
  • Part 3 – Tracking Progress
  • Definition and Use of a Baseline
  • Saving a Baseline
  • Saving Interim Plans
  • Multiple Baselines — Why? When These Are Useful
  • Clearing a Baseline — When and Why
  • Comparing the Baseline to Actual Data – Available Views and Reports
  • Overview of the Percentage Method
  • Using the Percentage Icons
  • Inserting the % Completion Column
  • What is % Work Complete, and How Does it Differ from % Complete
  • Physical % Complete, and How it Differs from % Complete and % Work
    Complete
  • Summary Tasks Build Averages as Individual Tasks are Tracked
  • Percentages Translate to Costs in the Statistics Box and in Reports
  • Moving Up the Accuracy Curve — Add the Actual Start, Actual Finish, and
    Actual Work Columns
  • Still Greater Accuracy — Track the Hours by Resource, and Remaining
    Hours, with the Split Screen
  • Overview of the Actual Hours Method
  • Working in the Resource Usage and Task Usage Views
  • Why the Plan Changes to Equal the Actuals
  • How the Plan Reschedules Undone Work — Depends on Task Types
  • Dangers of the Percentage Icons when Using the Actual Hours Method
  • Conclusions about the Actual Hours Method
  • The Background for Earned Value
  • Cost Variance and Schedule Variance
  • Performance Indexes
  • The Earned Value Data Fields in MS Project
  • Companion Tools for Earned Value such as MPM — What Value Do They
    Add?
  • Does Anyone Use Microsoft Project Alone for Earned Value?
  • Adding Progress Lines to a Schedule
  • Using the “Update Tasks” Dialogue Box
  • Updating an Entire Project to a Status Date
  • Partially Complete Tasks Preceding Other Partially Complete Tasks
  • Tasks Won’t Move Once Started
  • Task Splitting to Reschedule Unfinished Portions
  • Part 4 – Working with Multiple Projects
  • Overview of Resource Pooling
  • Setting Up a Resource Pool as a Separate Project File
  • Linking into the Pool with Tools-Resources-Share Resources Dialogue Box
  • The Same Dialogue Box as Seen from the Resource Pool File
  • Split Screen Views in the Resource Pool — Add the “Project” Column for
    Clarity
  • Consolidating the Quick Way with “New Window”
  • Observe the Simultaneity of the Consolidation and the Individual Project
  • Consolidating by Inserting Projects
  • The Outline Level Issue — Can’t Promote to the Top
  • What Happens When a File is Moved or Renamed
  • Building Links Across Project Boundaries
  • Note the Information in the Predecessor and Successor Fields
  • Revisiting the Individual Projects — the Ghost Tasks and Line Numbers
  • Regenerating Broken Links with the Multiple Project Dialogue Box
  • Part 5 – Microsoft Project Server
  • Overview of the Basic Concepts of Microsoft Project Server – Benefits and
    Problems
  • Overview of Project Web Access
  • Review of the Enterprise Functions Available in Microsoft
    Project without Project Server
  • Part 6 – Miscellaneous
  • The Trial Versions
  • Upgrading to the Next Version — Free Under Certain Circumstances
  • Consulting Support for Class Participants
  • Microsoft’s Knowledge Base — Bug Reports, Workarounds, and Helpful
    Hints
  • Available Certification Programs for MS Project
  • The Microsoft Project User Group Community – “MPUG”
  • The PMI and the PMP Certification

FAQs

The tools you’ll need to attend training are:
  • Windows: Windows XP SP3 or higher
  • Mac: OSX 10.6 or higher
  • Internet speed: Preferably 512 Kbps or higher
  • Headset, speakers and microphone: You’ll need headphones or speakers to hear instruction clearly, as well as a microphone to talk to others. You can use a headset with a built-in microphone, or separate speakers and microphone.
The trainings are delivered by highly qualified and certified instructors with relevant industry experience.

People from various domains with no prior knowledge of this technology have got successfully trained with us and are now working in the this industry. Though, knowledge of basics is an added advantage.

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