Description

In this instructor led training program is designed for individuals who are interested in expanding their knowledge base and technical skills about Microsoft Project. The training program begins with the basic concepts and leads professionals 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 schedule progress and cost.

This training program will also help professionals prepare for Microsoft Project 2013 Exam 74-343 Managing Projects with Microsoft Project 2013.

 

Radiant Teachlearning offers Mastering Microsoft Project 2013 Training Program in Classroom and Virtual instructor Led/Online mode.

 

Duration: 3 days

 

Learning Objectives

After accomplishing this training program, professionals will be able to:

  • Acknowledge the discipline of the project management as it applies to utilizing 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 Start date, scheduling method, and Calendar.
  • Acknowledge Manually Schedule vs. Auto Schedule.
  • Manage multiple projects.
  • Professionals will be able to create master project list with shared resources.

Pre-requisite

There are no prerequisites for this training program.  However, it is helpful to have taken an introductory project management training program, such as Versatile’s Principles of Project Management.

 

Audience Profile

This training program is designed for both novice as well as experienced project managers, managers, schedulers, and other project stake holders who need to incorporate the discipline of project management with Microsoft Project 2013.

Course Content

Lesson 1: Introduction to Microsoft Project

This lesson provides an overview of how the features of Project relate to the job of the project manager. The lesson also teaches the professional how to access different features by navigating through the ribbon.

Lessons

  • 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: Introduction to Mastering Microsoft Project

After accomplishing this lesson, professionals will be able to:

  • Have a fundamental acknowledging of how Microsoft Project will help them track their projects.
  • Acknowledge what is new in Project 2013 and how it will increase their productivity.
  • Learn how the ribbon will help them get the most of out of this productivity tool.
  • Learn how to quickly change views and see what is going on with their projects.
  • Acknowledge the 5 essential steps in building a successful project plan.

 

Lesson 2: A Quick and Easy Overview of Maintaining and Managing with Project

This lesson demonstrates the required steps to create and use Microsoft Project 2013 through the life cycle of a project.

Lessons

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

Lab: Creating a Fundamental Project with a template

Lab: Creating a Fundamental Project

After accomplishing this lesson, professionals will be able to:

  • Prepare a new project plan and set the date and other basic information.
  • Enter detailed project information.
  • Acknowledge how to sequence tasks.
  • Acknowledge and define basic resource types.
  • Assign resources to tasks.
  • Acknowledge the benefits of baselining a project or specific tasks.
  • Acknowledge the basics of how to track project progress.

 

Lesson 3: Setting Up a Project

This lesson explains how to create a new project and establish the basic constraints that Microsoft Project 2013 will use for its calculations.

Lessons

  • 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: Setting Up a Project

After accomplishing this lesson, professionals will be able to:

  • Create a new project using a template, Excel, a SharePoint Tasks List or a new Project file.
  • Establish one or more calendars to constrain resource availability.
  • Configure Microsoft Project to calculate the schedule from the Start Date forward or from the Finish Date backward.

 

Lesson 4: Manually Schedule vs. Auto Schedule

This lesson explains how to how to manually schedule project tasks and how to leverage the auto schedule feature.

Lessons

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

Lab: Explore Task Modes

After accomplishing this lesson, professionals will be able to acknowledge:

  • How to turn on Manually Schedule.
  • How to turn on Auto Schedule.
  • When to use Manually Schedule.
  • The limitations of Manually Scheduling.

 

Lesson 5: Creating a Work Breakdown Structure

This lesson explains how to create a useful work breakdown structure and enter it into Microsoft Project.

Lessons

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

Lab: Manipulate a WBSLab: Supporting the Project Plan

After accomplishing this lesson, professionals will be able to:

  • Build and use summary and subordinate tasks.
  • Acknowledge and use milestones.
  • How to organize the WBS.
  • How to format the WBS.
  • Develop WBS outlines.
  • Assign completion criteria.
  • Evaluate the WBS.
  • Acknowledge and use WBS outlines.
  • Acknowledge how to link Project artifacts to their projects.
  • Acknowledge how to create notes on tasks.

 

Lesson 6: Identifying Task Relationships

This lesson explains the rules for establishing dependency links between tasks and how to use Project to display these dependencies.

Lessons

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

Lab: Display the sequence

After accomplishing this lesson, professionals will be able to:

  • Acknowledge the different types of task relationships.
  • Acknowledge and use various methods to create relationships.
  • Determine and display task sequence.
  • Acknowledge how to use Lag, Lead and Delay.

 

Lesson 7: Defining Resources within Project

This lesson explains how to enter resources and specific resource information in Microsoft Project and assign resources to specific tasks.

Lessons

  • 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: Resource Calendar and Availability

After accomplishing this lesson, professionals will be able to:

  • Define the different types of resources.
  • 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.

 

Lesson 8: Making Work Package Estimates

This lesson explains how Microsoft Project calculates task duration, task work (effort) and task resources.  Professionals will be able to choose among three task types as they enter task estimates and they will know which task type is appropriate for the type of estimate they are making.

Lessons

  • 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: Work, Duration and Labor

After accomplishing this lesson, professionals will be able to:

  • Assign values for resources, duration and work.
  • Acknowledge task types.
  • Acknowledge Effort Driven scheduling.
  • Acknowledge material resources and their costs to a project plan.

 

Lesson 9: Creating an Initial Schedule

This lesson explains how Project calculates a schedule based on task relationships and task duration. Professionals will acknowledge the purpose of identifying critical path tasks and will be able to identify schedule float within the project.

Lessons

  • Calculate float and identify a project’s critical path.
  • Acknowledge and identify task constraints.
  • Create milestones.
  • Use the Task Inspector to troubleshoot the initial schedule.

Lab: Calculating an Initial schedule

After accomplishing this lesson, professionals will be able to:

  • Identify the critical path.
  • Acknowledge difference between slack and slippage.
  • Calculate float.
  • How to leverage constraints.
  • How to get the benefit from the Task Inspector, and the impact of changes on a project schedule.

 

Lesson 10: Create a Resource Leveled Schedule

In this lesson, we will describe how over assign resources craft unrealistic schedules and shows methods for rescheduling in order t+o create a realistic schedule based on resource availability.

Lessons

  • Adjust a project schedule to account for limited professionals 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: Resource Leveling

After accomplishing this lesson, professionals will be able to:

  • Adjust a project schedule to account for limited resources.
  • View the overall cost and schedule of a project.
  • Identify resources that are over- allocated for a project schedule.
  • Use multiple ways to adjust tasks and assignments to remove over- allocation for any resource.

 

Lesson 11: Managing the Project

This lesson explains how to use Microsoft Project to control a project.  Professionals will save their plan to a baseline as well as see how entering actual task performance data enables them to view differences between planned and actual performance.

Lessons

  • 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: The BaselineLab: Baselining & Tracking PerformanceLab: Variance

After accomplishing this lesson, professionals will be able to:

  • Set a baseline.
  • Enter and manage project performance data.
  • Pick a tracking method.
  • Perform variance analysis.
  • Sync Projects results with SharePoint.

 

Lesson 12: Formatting Output and Printing Reports

Professionals will be able to control project output by creating and using Custom Fields, Sorting, Filtering, and Grouping of the project data.

Lessons

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

Lab: Using the Grouping Feature

Lab: Creating Reports in Project 2013

After accomplishing this lesson, professionals will be able to:

  • Create standardized views, with the power of filtering, grouping and sorting.
  • Customize a variety of standard reports.
  • Learn how to use Visual Reports.
  • Export reports in a variety of formats.

 

Lesson 13: Managing Multiple Projects

This lesson explains how to view many projects as parts of one very large project in order to gain new views on resource availability and task relationships among projects.

Lessons learn how to

  • Use common resources among multiple projects.
  • Link tasks between multiple projects.
  • Create a consolidated view of multiple projects.

Lab: Identifying Over allocated Resources from a Resource Consolidated File as well as Pool

After accomplishing this lesson, professionals will be able to:

  • Use common resources among multiple projects.
  • Link tasks between multiple projects.
  • Create a consolidated view of multiple projects and shared resources.

 

Lesson 14: Advanced Topics

This lesson explains how to leverage some of the advanced features of Microsoft Project.

Lessons

  • 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 use Task Deadlines.

Lab: Recording a Macro in Project 2013

After accomplishing this lesson, professionals will be able to:

  • Take advantage of the advance features of Microsoft Project 2013.
  • Be able to create a Macro.
  • Share common settings among all future projects.

 

Lesson 15: Summary

This lesson provides an overview of the topics presented in the training program and how to prepare for Microsoft’s exam 74-343 Microsoft Project 2013, Managing Projects with Project 2013.

Lessons

  • 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 professionals prepare for the Microsoft Project 2013 exam.

FAQs

Q: How do I download Microsoft Project 2013?

 

A: User can read the Microsoft Software License Terms, check the check box in the bottom left corner that reads “I accept the terms of this agreement” and click continue in the bottom right corner of the wizard. User can Click Install Now to easily install the default version of Microsoft Project Professional 2013.

 

Q: How do I enable Microsoft Project?

 

A: From the Office home page select Install Office apps > Other install options. (If user set a various different start page, go to admin.microsoft.com/OLS/MySoftware.aspx.) Under Software, user select Project. Choose the language and the bit version which user want, then select Install.

 

Q: Is Microsoft Project hard to learn?

 

A: Microsoft Project (MPP) is used by many project managers, especially at large organizations where it’s a legacy software. But MS Project can be difficult to use. There are, of course, workarounds for those of us who don’t have a Microsoft Project license but still need to work with MPP files.

 

Q: What can I use Microsoft Project for?

 

A: Microsoft Project is the world’s most popular project management software developed and sold by Microsoft. The application generally is designed to assist project managers in developing plans, tracking progress, assigning resources to tasks, managing budgets and analyzing workloads.

 

Q: How do you ensure the quality of training program?

 

A: Radiant has highly intensive selection criteria for Technology Trainers & Consultants, who deliver you training programs. Our trainers & consultants undergo rigorous technical and behavioral interview and assessment process before they are on boarded in the company. 

Our Technology experts / trainers & consultant carry deep dive knowledge in the technical subject & are certified from the OEM.

Our training programs are practical oriented with 70% – 80% hands on the training technology tool.  Our training program focuses on one-on-one interaction with each participant, latest content in curriculum, real time projects and case studies during the training program. 

Our faculty will provide you the knowledge of each course from fundamental level in an easy way and you are free to ask your doubts any time from your respective faculty.

Our trainers have patience and ability to explain difficult concepts in simplistic way with depth and width of knowledge.

To ensure quality learning, we provide support session even after the training program. 

 

Q: What if I/we have doubts after attending your training program?

 

A: Radiant team of experts would be available on the email Support@radianttechlearning.com to answer your technical queries, even after the training program.

We also conduct a 3 – 4 hours online session after 2 weeks of the training program, to respond on your queries & project assigned to you.  

 

Q: If I face technical difficulty during the class what should I do?

 

A: Technical issues are unpredictable and might occur with you as well. Participants have to ensure that they have the system with required configuration with good internet speed to access online labs.  

If the problem still persists or you face any challenge during the class then you can report to us or your trainer. In that case Radiant would provide you the recorded session of that particular day. However, those recorded sessions are not meant only for personal consumption and NOT for distribution or any commercial use. 

 

Q: Does this training program include any project?

 

A: Yes, Radiant will provide you the most updated, high valued and relevant real time projects and case studies in each training program. 

We included projects in each training program from fundamental level to advance level so that you don’t have to face any difficulty in future. You will work on highly exciting projects and that will upgrade your skill, knowledge and industry experience.

 

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