Mastering Microsoft Project 2010 (M50413)

In this course, you will learn how Microsoft Project relates to project management, and you will examine the significant updates and visually enhanced features of Microsoft Project 2010. You will use Microsoft Project 2010 to work through the life cycle of a project, from creating a project and selecting the right resources to tracking project progress and creating reports. You will learn first-hand how to use Microsoft Project 2010's intuitive tools to increase your productivity and better manage projects.

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1. Introduction

Learn how Project relates to the discipline of project management, and examine the significant new features for Project 2010. Learn how to navigate to the primary view available using the Ribbon. Choose views that display task, resource, or assignment information and much more.

2. A Quick and Easy Overview of Managing with Project

Experience the steps required to create and use Project through the life cycle of a project: create a new project, prepare it for data entry, enter project tasks, sequence the tasks, define and assign resources, estimate task durations, baseline a project, and track project progress.

3. Setting Up a Project

Create a new project and establish the basic constraints that Project will use for its calculations.

4. Manual vs. Auto Scheduling

Learn which Project functions are turned off for tasks using Manually Schedule mode and then change the task mode from manually schedule to auto schedule. Learn how to identify tasks that are in Manually Schedule mode by the task mode icon and shape on the Gantt chart, and get recommendations for the best use of this new feature.

5. Creating a Work Breakdown Structure

Create a useful work breakdown structure and enter it into Project. Use summary and subordinate tasks, understand milestones, develop WBS outlines, and assign completion criteria.

6. Identifying Task Relationships

Learn the rules for establishing dependency links between tasks and be able to use Project to establish and display these dependencies.

7. Defining Resources within Project

Enter resources and resource-related information into Project, including defining individual resources that will be used on the project and recording the costs of using each type of resource.

8. Making Work Package Estimates

Make estimates for tasks including assigning duration and choosing which tasks are effort driven. Explore task types, and learn how to use the Team Planner view.

9. Creating an Initial Schedule

Use critical path analysis to create a schedule, assign scheduling constraints, and know how to "crash" a schedule.

10. Create a Resource-Leveled Schedule

Adjust a project schedule to account for limited people and other resources, view the overall cost and schedule of a project, and identify over-allocated project resources. Explore ways to adjust tasks and assignments to remove over-allocation.

11. Managing the Project

Set a baseline, enter and manage project performance data, pick a tracking method, and perform variance analysis.

12. Formatting Output and Printing Reports

Print a variety of standard and custom reports and be able to format the new timeline. Use the Gantt chart style features, customize the detailed reports, and use the visual reports in this tool.

13. Managing Multiple Projects

Use common resources among multiple projects, link tasks between projects, and create a consolidated view of multiple projects.

14. Advanced Topics

Create custom fields, customize WBS prefix, discover the power of grouping and filtering, and learn how to apply deadlines.

15. Summary

*Please Note: Course Outline is subject to change without notice. Exact course outline will be provided at time of registration.
  • Quickly navigate Microsoft Project 2010
  • Use Project to develop realistic schedules
  • Use summary tasks to get accurate, high-level views of the project
  • "Level" resources within and among different projects
  • Use the team planner
  • Analyze and apply resource and project calendars correctly
  • Manual and auto scheduling
  • Integrate information from multiple projects
  • Correctly track the progress of effort, cost, and schedule
  • Get the most out the new ribbon and the new timeline

Project managers and team leaders who are responsible for building detailed action plans and for using them to manage a project

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