Managing Projects with Microsoft Project

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Detailed Course Contents

UNIT 1

Lesson 1: Project Basics

  • Navigating in Microsoft Project 2013
    • Start Microsoft Project
    • Open a template
    • The ribbon and its dynamic view
    • The Backstage area
    • How Microsoft Project handles project data
    • Default views
  • Creating a Project Schedule
    • Open a new blank project schedule
    • Specify a start date
    • Save the project schedule
  • Defining Project Calendars
    • Define the project calendar
  • Entering Tasks and Task Details
    • Entering Tasks
    • Entering Task Durations
    • Switching from Manual to Automatic Scheduling
    • Creating a Milestone
  • Organizing Tasks into Phases
    • Create summary tasks
  • Linking Task
    • Link two tasks
    • Link several tasks at once
    • Link the milestone tasks
  • Documenting Tasks
    • Enter a task note
  • Reviewing the Project Schedule’s Duration
    • Check the project’s duration
  • Knowledge Assessment
  • Competency Assessment
  • Proficiency Assessment
  • Mastery Assessment

Lesson 2: Establishing Resources

  • Establishing People Resources
    • Establish individual people resources
    • Establish a resource that represents multiple people
  • Establishing Equipment Resources
    • Establish equipment resources
  • Establishing Material Resources
    • Establish material resources
  • Establishing Cost Resources
    • Establish cost resources
  • Establishing Resource Pay Rates
    • Enter resource cost information
  • Adjusting Resource Working Times
    • Establish nonworking times for an individual work resource
    • Establish a specific work schedule for a resource
  • Adding Resource Notes
    • Attach a note to a resource
  • Knowledge Assessment
  • Competency Assessment
  • Proficiency Assessment
  • Mastery Assessment

Lesson 3: Resource and Task Assignments

  • Assigning Work Resources to Tasks
    • Make individual resource assignments
    • Assign multiple resources simultaneously
  • Adding More Work Resource Assignments to Tasks
    • Add work resources to a task
    • Add work resources to an effort-driven task
    • Use the Actions tag to change Project’s scheduling behavior
  • Assigning Material Resources to Tasks
    • Assign a material resource to a task
  • Assigning Cost Resources to Tasks
    • Assign a cost resource to a task
  • Knowledge Assessment
  • Competency Assessment
  • Proficiency Assessment
  • Mastery Assessment

Lesson 4: Refining your Project Schedule

  • Applying a Task Calendar to an Individual Task
    • Apply a task calendar to an individual task
  • Changing Task Types
    • Change values of the work formula
    • Change a task type using the Task Information dialog box
  • Splitting a Task
    • Split a task
  • Establishing Recurring Tasks
    • Set up a recurring task
    • Assign resources to a recurring task
  • Applying Task Constraints
    • Apply a Start No Earlier Than constraint to ta task
  • Reviewing the Project’s Critical Path
    • Review the project’s critical path
  • Viewing Resource Allocations Over Time
    • Explore resource allocations

Lesson 5: Fine-Tuning Tasks

  • Managing Task Constraints and Relationships
    • Explore the effects of constraints and relationships on task scheduling
  • Setting Deadline Dates
    • Set a deadline date for a task
  • Establishing Task Priorities
    • Establish task priorities
  • Establishing Manually Schedule Tasks
    • Establish a Manually Scheduled Task

UNIT 2

Lesson 6: Fine-Tuning Resource

  • Entering Material Resource Consumption Rates
    • Enter a variable consumption rate for a material resource
  • Entering Costs Per Use for Resources
    • Enter a cost per use for a resource
  • Assigning Multiple Pay Rates for a Resource
    • Assign multiple pay rates for a resource
  • Applying Different Cost Rates to Assignments
    • Apply a different cost rate to an assignment
  • Specifying Resource Availability at different Times
    • Specify a resource’s availability over time
  • Resolving Resource Over allocations Manually
    • Manually resolve a resource over-allocation
  • Leveling Over allocated Resources
    • Use resource leveling to resolve an over-allocation

Lesson 7: Project Information: Sorting, Grouping, and Filtering

  • Sorting Data
    • Sort data in a resource view
  • Grouping Data
    • Group data in a resource view
  • Filtering Data
    • Create and apply a filter in a view
  • Creating a Custom Filter
    • Create a custom filter

Lesson 8: Project Schedule Formatting Fundamentals

  • Gantt Chart Formatting
    • Modify the Gantt Chart using the Bar Styles dialog box
    • Modify the Gantt Chart using Gantt Chart Styles
  • Modifying Text Appearance in a View
    • Modify the appearance of text in a view
    • Modify the appearance of a single piece of text
  • Creating Custom Fields
    • Create a custom text field
  • Creating and Editing Tables
    • Create a custom table
  • Creating Custom Views
    • Create a custom view

Lesson 9: Project Schedule Tracking Fundamentals

  • Establishing a Project Baseline
    • Establish a project baseline
  • Tracking a Project as Scheduled
    • Track a project as scheduled
  • Entering the Completion Percentage for a Task
    • Enter the completion percentage for a task
  • Identifying Over Budget Tasks and Resources
    • Identify over budget tasks and resources
  • Identifying Time and Schedule Problems
    • Reschedule uncompleted work

Lesson 10: Project Reporting

  • Activate and Print a Dashboard Report
    • Select and Print a Dashboard Report
  • Customizing and Printing Reports
    • Create, Customize and Print a Report
  • Reporting Project Status
    • Report Project Variance with a “Spotlight” View
  • Using Visual Reports
    • Create a Visual Report
  • Printing the Gantt Chart
    • Customize and Print the Gantt Chart

UNIT 3

Lesson 11: Advanced Project Schedule Tracking

  • Recording Actual Start, Finish, and Duration Values of Tasks
    • Enter actual start date and duration for a task
  • Adjusting Remaining Work of Tasks
    • Adjust actual and remaining work for a task
  • Evaluating Performance with Earned Value Analysis
    • Set project status data and display the Earned Value table

Lesson 12: Integrating Microsoft Project with Other Programs

  • Using a GIF image to Display Project Information
    • Using a GIF image to display project information
    • Adjust actual and remaining work for a task
  • Using the Timeline View to Display Project Information
    • Using the timeline view to display project information
  • Saving Project Information in Other File Formats
    • Saving project information in other file formats

Lesson 13: Project Schedule Optimization

  • Making Time and Date Adjustments
    • Adjust fiscal year settings within Microsoft Project
  • Viewing the Project’s Critical Path
    • View the project’s critical path
  • Delaying the Start of Assignments
    • Delay the start of a resource assignment
  • Applying Contours to Assignments
    • Apply a contour to a resource assignment
    • Edit a task assignment manually
  • Optimizing the Project Schedule
    • Identify the project finish date and total cost
    • Compress the project schedule to pull in the project finish date

Lesson 14: Advanced Project Schedule Formatting

  • Customizing the Calendar View
    • Format bar styles for tasks in the Calendar view
  • Using Task IDs and WBS Codes
    • Work with Unique ID and WBS codes
  • Formatting the Network Diagram
    • Format items in the Network Diagram view

Lesson 15: Managing Multiple Projects

  • Managing Consolidated Projects
    • Create a consolidated project schedule
  • Creating Task Relationships Between Projects
    • Link task from two different project schedules

Lesson 16: Working with Resource Pool

  • Developing a Resource Pool
    • Develop a resource pool
  • Viewing Assignment Details in a Resource Pool
    • View assignment details in the resource pool
  • Revising Assignments in a Sharer File
    • Revise assignments in a sharer file
  • Updating Resource Information in a Resource Pool
    • Update working time for a resource in a resource pool
  • Updating Working Time for All Projects in a Resource Pool
    • Update working time for all sharer files via the resource pool
  • Adding New Project Schedules to a Resource Pool
    • Add new files to the resource pool
  • Revising a Sharer File and Updating a Resource Pool
    • Revise a sharer file and manually update the resource pool

Lesson 17: Customizing Microsoft Project

  • Defining General Preferences
    • Specify the default path for use in the Open and Save As dialog boxes
  • Working with Templates
    • Create a new template based on a current project schedule
  • Working with the Organizer
    • Copy a custom view from one project schedule to another using the organizer