Project Management

Microsoft Project: An Introduction

CEUs: 1.4
Classroom, Virtual

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for those who are currently in charge of managing project tasks or ready to take on the responsibilities of developing a project schedule. Those familiar with the basic tenets of the Project Management Institute's (PMI) Schedule Management approach will find the course useful and informative. This course will also equip those who need to elevate their schedule management approach to a more project specialized application tool. 

All participants must have Microsoft Project Professional installed (by their agency’s IT department or purchased separately) on their laptop, PC, or other personal device prior to attending the course.

Course Overview

This hands-on course will demonstrate to participants how project schedules are developed according to the PMI process as well as knowledge areas pertaining to project planning.  Participants will understand what makes up project plans and why projects tasks should be developed and verified before using the Microsoft Project scheduling application. 

The course covers basic navigational steps to setup auto-scheduling and the importance of utilizing this feature to keep track of schedule changes.  Participants will also learn how Microsoft Project can track and manage project costs, set up schedule baselines, quickly develop visual reports, and track and monitor project deliverables with minimum effort. Participants will also learn basic scheduling terminology, how to create and define a project, add tasks to a blank project schedule, create Gantt Charts, and the importance of creating a work breakdown structure.

Our instructor uses a layered step by step approach to hands-on applications with actual screen shot versions of key action items covered during the course.

Course Topics

Section 1: Introduction and Overview

  Define how Microsoft Project enhances project communication

  Describe project schedule management

  Identify various project schedule views and schedule management processes

  Defining and understanding the Precedence Diagraming Method and how MS Project can link tasks together within a schedule

Section 2: Properties and Options

  Define the Microsoft Project properties and recommended settings

  Navigate the Microsoft Project Options menu layout

  Define and choose correct Microsoft Project property and options settings to ensure proper use of tool for managing projects

  Discuss the relationship between task types and Microsoft Project schedule calculations

Section 3: Templates and Calendars

  Create and save templates

  Assign calendars for the project, task, and resource

  Manage views and templates with the Microsoft Project Organizer

Section 4: Setting up a New Project

  Create and manage a project resource pool

  Set up and manipulate project and resource calendars

   Explore resource information, including Cost, Notes, and Custom Fields tabs

Section 5: Entering Project Data

   Define and enter tasks and milestones, including Level of Effort (LOE) tasks

   Create task structures and outlines

   Establish dependencies and constraints between tasks

   Assign resources to tasks and resolve over allocations

   Set and review the project baseline

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