Course Description: The Mastering Microsoft Project 2013 course is a 3-day class designed for students looking to build a strong skillset in Project 2013 quickly. The course starts by covering fundamental topics and trains students on all the features they will need to know to create, manage, schedule, resource and cost manage a small to medium sized project. Students should have some foundation in project management principles, but no experience in Microsoft Project is required.
The course will cover the following topics:
Understanding project management concepts in relation to using Microsoft Project 2013.
Creating a Work Breakdown Structure.
Identifying Task Types & Relationships.
Defining Resources within Project.
Making Work Package Estimates.
Creating an Initial Schedule.
Creating a Resource Leveled Schedule.
Creating Projects from templates, Excel files.
Creating Global templates.
Creating formulas and graphical indicators.
Recording a macro.
Formatting Output and Print Reports.
Integrating Multiple Projects.
Setting up a Project with a Calendar, Start date, and scheduling method.
Understanding Manual Schedule vs. Auto Schedule.
Managing multiple projects.
Creating a master project list with shared resources
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Section 1: Introduction to Microsoft Project 2013
This section provides an overview of how the features of Project 2013 relate to the job of the project manager. The section also teaches the student how to access different Project features by navigating through the ribbon.
Describing how Project relates to the activities of Project management.
Learn about the new features in Project 2013.
Navigating the primary views available using the Ribbon.
Choosing Views that display task, resource, or assignment information.
Selecting table within views to change the information that is available to see and edit.
Relating the features of Project to the 5 steps for building a plan in Project.
Lab : Introduction to Mastering Microsoft Project
Section 2: A Quick and Easy Overview of Managing with Project
This section demonstrates the required steps to create and use Microsoft Project 2013 through the life cycle of a project.
Creating a new project and preparing it for data entry.
Entering project tasks.
Estimate Task duration and assign resources.
Baseline the project.
Tracking project progress.
Lab : Creating a Basic Project with a template
Lab : Creating a Basic Project
Section 3: Setting Up a Project
This section discusses how to create a new project and establish the basic constraints that Microsoft Project 2013 will use for its calculations.
Use multiple methods to create a new project from an Excel file and a SharePoint Tasks list.
Establishing one or more calendars to constrain resource availability.
Configuring Project to calculate the schedule from the Start Date forward, or from the Finish Date backward.
Lab : Setting Up a Project
Section 4: Manually Schedule vs. Auto Schedule
This section discusses how to how to manually schedule project tasks and how to leverage the auto schedule feature.
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 : Exploring Task Modes
Section 5: Creating a Work Breakdown Structure
This section discusses how to create a useful work breakdown structure and enter it into Microsoft Project.
Building and using summary and subordinate tasks.
Understanding and using milestones.
Developing WBS Outlines.
Assigning completion criteria.
Evaluating the WBS.
Understanding and using WBS templates.
Lab : Manipulating a WBS
Lab : Supporting the Project Plan
Section 6: Identifying Task Relationships
This section explains the rules for establishing dependency links between tasks and how to use Project to display these dependencies.
Understanding the different types of task relationships.
Understanding and use various methods to create relationships.
Determining and displaying task sequence.
Understanding and use lag, lead, and delay.
Understanding the new feature of Task Paths.
Lab : Displaying the sequence
Section 7: Defining Resources within Project
This section discusses how to enter resources and specific resource information in Microsoft Project and assign resources to specific tasks.
Defining resource types.
Defining 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
Section 8: Making Work Package Estimates
This section discusses how Microsoft Project calculates task duration, task work (effort) and task resources. Students 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.
Entering estimates for duration and costs for each task.
Distinguish between task types and describe when each is appropriate.
Describing the relationship between work, units, and duration.
Describing the way Effort Driven scheduling is affected by work, units, and duration.
Assigning tasks to resources using the Team Planner view.
Lab : Work, Duration and Labor
Section 9: Creating an Initial Schedule
This section discusses how Project calculates a schedule based on task relationships and task duration. Students will understand the purpose of identifying critical path tasks and will be able to identify schedule float within the project.
Calculate float and identify a project’s critical path.
Understanding and identify task constraints.
Using the Task Inspector to troubleshoot the initial schedule.
Lab : Calculating an Initial schedule
Section 10: Creating a Resource Leveled Schedule
This section discusses how over-allocated resources create unrealistic schedules and shows methods for rescheduling in order to create a realistic schedule based on resource availability.
Adjusting a project schedule to account for limited people and other resources.
Viewing the overall cost and schedule of a project.
Identifying 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
Section 11: Managing the Project
This section discusses how to use Microsoft Project to control a project. Students will save their plan to a baseline and see how entering actual task performance data enables them to view differences between planned and actual performance.
Learning how to set a baseline.
Leaning how to enter and track project performance data.
Learning how to apply different tracking methods.
Learning how to perform a variance analysis on a project.
Lab : The Baseline
Lab : Baselining and Tracking Performance
Lab : Variance
Section 12: Formatting Output and Printing Reports
Students will be able to control project output by creating and using Custom Fields, Sorting, Filtering, and Grouping of the project data.
Other File Formats
Lab : Use the Grouping Feature
Lab : Creating Reports in Project 2013
Section 13: Managing Multiple Projects
This section discusses 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.
Learning how to use common resources among multiple projects.
Learning how to link tasks between multiple projects.
Learning how to create a consolidated view of multiple projects.
Lab : Identifying Overallocated Resources from a Resource Pool and Consolidated File
Section 14: Advanced Topics
This section discusses how to leverage some of the advanced features of Microsoft Project.
Learning how to customize the Ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar.
Learning how to customize WBS numbering.
Learn the concepts of Formulas and Graphical indicators.
Learn the purpose of the Global template and Organizer.
Learning how to use Task Deadlines.
Learning how to use Task Deadlines.
Lab : Recording a Macro in Project 2013
Section 15: Summary
This section provides an overview of the topics presented in the course and how to prepare for Microsoft’s exam 74-343 Microsoft Project 2013, Managing Projects with Project 2013.
Learning 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.