MS Project 2013 Training

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MS Project 2013 training expands the learning time and increases efficiency by understanding the basic concepts of project management. The hands-on exposure to the software enables the participants to plan and manage the various projects ranging from small to medium size. Allocating resources, preparing costing, defining scheduling and other details required to keep the project on track are covered under this MS project management training. Participants are equipped with the skills to turn project variables into timely delivery throughout the project lifespan.

On the completion of the training, the individuals will hold the following capabilities:

  • Understand project management concepts
  • Identity, differentiate and establish relationship between different types of tasks
  • Create a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Allocate resources and create resource leveled schedule
  • Set a baseline to track the project
  • Perform a variance analysis on a project
  • Create formulas and templates
  • Perform different ways to arrange data including sorting, filtering, grouping, and reporting
  • Establish sharing and synching of resources among multiple projects
Target Audience
  • Business/Project Analysts
  • Program/Project Manager
  • Planner/Scheduler
  • Functional Implementer
  • Professionals upgrading from earlier versions to the 2013 version
Prerequisites

While there is no formal pre prerequisite for this training, however candidates with a strong interest in project management are the ideal participants for this course.

Course 55054A: Mastering Microsoft Project 2013

1. Introduction to Microsoft Project

  • Describe how Project relates to the discipline of Project management.
  • Learn what the new features are in Project 2013.
  • Navigate to the primary views available using the Ribbon.
  • Choose Views that display task, resource, or assignment information.
  • Select table within views to change the information that is available to see and edit.
  • Relate the features of Project to the 5 steps for building a plan in Project.

2. A Quick and Easy Overview of Managing with Project

  • Create a new project and prepare it for data entry.
  • Enter project tasks.
  • Sequence the tasks.
  • Define resources.
  • Estimate Task duration and assign resources.
  • Baseline the project.
  • Track project progress.

3. Setting Up a Project

  • Use multiple methods to create a new project from an Excel file and a SharePoint Tasks list.
  • Establish one or more calendars to constrain resource availability.
  • Configure Project to calculate the schedule from the Start Date forward, or from the Finish Date backward.

4. Manually Schedule vs. Auto Schedule

  • Students practice switching tasks between Manually Schedule and Auto Schedule modes. By switching modes, students learn the impact made on the project schedule and the individual tasks.

5. Creating a Work Breakdown Structure

  • Build and use summary and subordinate tasks.
  • Understand and use milestones.
  • Develop WBS Outlines.
  • Assign completion criteria.
  • Evaluate the WBS.
  • Understand and use WBS templates.

6. Identifying Task Relationships

  • Understand the different types of task relationships.
  • Understand and use various methods to create relationships.
  • Determine and display task sequence.
  • Understand and use lag, lead, and delay.
  • Understand the new feature of Task Paths.

7. Defining Resources within Project

  • Define resource types.
  • Define individual resources that will be used on the project.
  • Record the cost(s) of using each type of resource.
  • Record the limit of availability for each type of resource by establishing a resource calendar and defining the maximum units of that resource.

8. Making Work Package Estimates

  • Enter estimates for duration and costs for each task.
  • Distinguish between task types and describe when each is appropriate.
  • Describe the relationship between work, units, and duration.
  • Describe the way Effort Driven scheduling is affected by work, units, and duration.
  • Assign tasks to resources using the Team Planner view.

9. Creating an Initial Schedule

  • Calculate float and identify a project’s critical path.
  • Understand and identify task constraints.
  • Create milestones.
  • Use the Task Inspector to troubleshoot the initial 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.
  • Identify resources that have been over allocated for a project schedule.
  • Use multiple ways to adjust tasks and assignments to remove over allocation for any resource.

11. Managing the Project

  • Learn how to set a baseline.
  • Lean how to enter and track project performance data.
  • Learn how to apply different tracking methods.
  • Learn how to perform a variance analysis on a project.

12. Formatting Output and Printing Reports

  • Print
  • Views
  • Formats
  • Sorting
  • Filtering
  • Grouping
  • Custom Fields
  • Reporting
  • Other File Formats

13. Managing Multiple Projects

  • Learn how to use common resources among multiple projects.
  • Learn how to link tasks between multiple projects.
  • Learn how to create a consolidated view of multiple projects.

14. Advanced Topics

  • Learn how to customize the Ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar.
  • Learn how to customize WBS numbering.
  • Learn the concepts of Formulas and Graphical indicators.
  • Learn the purpose of the Global template and Organizer.
  • Learn how to use Task Deadlines.

15. Summary

  • Learn how to access the Office App Store.
  • Learn what 74-343 Microsoft Project 2013, Managing Projects with Project 2013 exam will cover and what is in the objective domain.
  • A sample study guide to help students prepare for the Microsoft Project 2013 exam.

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