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55054: Mastering Microsoft Project 2013

Course Objectives

This three-day, instructor-led course is intended for individuals who are interested in expanding their knowledge base and technical skills about Microsoft Project. The course begins with the basic concepts and leads students through all the functions they’ll need to plan and manage a small to medium-size project, including how to level resources and capture both cost and schedule progress. This course will also help students prepare for Microsoft Project 2013 Exam 74-343 Managing Projects with Microsoft Project 2013.

Understand the discipline of project management as it applies to using Microsoft Project 2013.
Create a Work Breakdown Structure.
Identify Task Types & Relationships.
Define Resources within Project.
Make Work Package Estimates.
Create an Initial Schedule.
Create a Resource Leveled Schedule.
Create Projects from templates, Excel files.
Create Global templates.
Create formulas and graphical indicators.
The steps to record a macro.
Format Output and Print Reports.
Integrate Multiple Projects.
Set up a Project with a Calendar, Start date, and scheduling method.
Understand Manually Schedule vs. Auto Schedule.

Course Outline

Module 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.
Lab 1: Introduction to Mastering Microsoft Project
Module 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.
Lab 1: Creating a Basic Project with a template
Lab 2: Creating a Basic Project
Module 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.
Lab 1: Setting Up a Project
Module 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.
Lab 1: Explore Task Modes
Module 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.
Lab 1: Manipulate a WBS
Lab 2: Supporting the Project Plan
Module 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.
Lab 1: Display the sequence
Module 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.
Lab 1: Resource Calendar and Availability
Module 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.
Lab 1: Work, Duration and Labor
Module 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.
Lab 1: Calculating an Initial schedule
Module 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 overallocated for a project schedule.
Use multiple ways to adjust tasks and assignments to remove over allocation for any resource.
Lab 1: Resource Leveling
Module 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.
Lab 1: The Baseline
Lab 2: Baselining & Tracking Performance
Lab 3: Variance
Module 12: Formatting Output and Printing Reports
Custom Fields
Other File Formats
Lab 1: Use the Grouping Feature
Lab 2: Create Reports in Project 2013
Module 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.
Lab 1: Identifying Overallocated Resources from a Resource Pool and Consolidated File
Module 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.
Learn how to record a Macro.
Lab 1: Recording a Macro in Project 2013
Module 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.