Course Description: Hands-on Microsoft Project
This fundamental 2-day course provides you with the hands-on skills to plan and manage project activities using Microsoft Project. Each participant is situated in front of a computer. By leading participants through a series of progressive exercises, participants learn how to use MSP as it is used on real projects. Our unique instructional methodology ensures that those with slower typing skills are not left behind.
By course completion, participants have fully defined a project from beginning to end, and will have performed project updates and reporting.
Hands-on Microsoft Project is part of the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) Gold Seal Certification program. In addition to receiving 14 PDUs, participants will also earn 2 SICs credits.
Who should attend
The Hands-On Microsoft Project course is appropriate for the following:
- Project Managers
- Project Schedulers
- Anyone who is required to understand the capabilities of Microsoft Project or is required to access data from within MS Project
- Both people who are new to using Microsoft Project as well as people who are currently using Microsoft Project who are self taught
- People from all industries (this course is not geared to any specific industry)
Note: Public workshops of this course are taught using Microsoft Project 2010, Users of previous versions will be taught the differences between previous versions and the current version and will be provided course files compatible with versions 2007 and 2010. In-house deliveries of MS Project may be taught in the version requested by the client (either Microsoft Project 2003, 2007 or 2010).
- Course binder including step-by-step course exercises complete with many actual screen captures and advanced project tips, exercises and answers
- A CD with all applicable Microsoft Project files used in the course
- Certificate of completion (framed for in-house clients)
Through a series of progressive exercises which simulate the use of Microsoft Project (MSP) on an actual project, participants completing this workshop will be able to…
Enter a fully defined project into Microsoft Project
- Set key-defaults in Microsoft Project to assist in more predictable performance
- Effectively use Project Summary Information
- Create and apply custom project, task and resource calendars, and understand how they interact with one another
- Enter tasks in a properly structured WBS
- Add duration estimates to tasks
- Assign project resources (work, material, and cost resources) to tasks
- Establish multiple cost rates for a given resource
- Work with MS Project task types (fixed work, fixed units, fixed duration)
- Determine when to make a task “effort driven” and when not to
- Set task dependencies
- Set task constraints
- Apply resources from a pre-defined resource pool, shared between multiple projects
Analyze a project to identify resource and schedule conflicts
- Use Microsoft Project filters to help isolate problem areas within the project
- Identify resource scheduling conflicts and solve the conflicts using a variety of techniques including; re-assigning work, sharing work, authorizing overtime, re-scheduling the task
- Analyze and solve task scheduling conflicts
- Set the project baseline – and understand the various options available when doing so
Use Microsoft Project for tracking, updating, and reporting of project status
- Set the project baseline
- Updating the schedule with actual task duration, resource usage, and costs
- Evaluating and adjust the schedule one project updates have been made
- Creating and customize status reports, in order to provide the appropriate project information to a variety of stakeholder types (clients, sponsors, team members, etc…)
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To arrange for an in-house delivery of this course, or for information on the location and dates for public deliveries of this course, contact email@example.com or call 905-660-7184.