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MS Project

Program Overview

Microsoft Office Project gives you a robust project management tool with the right blend of usability, power, and flexibility, so you can manage projects more efficiently and effectively. You can stay informed and control project work, schedules, and finances, keep project teams aligned, and be more productive through integration with familiar Microsoft Office system programs, powerful reporting, guided planning, and flexible tools.

Understand and control project schedules and finances

Effectively track and analyze projects with a better understanding of the schedule and impact of changes. Benefit from better financial control and richer analytics.

Trace the source of issues

Quickly determine factors that are affecting task dates and easily trace the source of issues to promote accountability. You can follow a chain of factors back to find the root cause of a particular delay.

See the impacts of a change

MS Office Project will automatically highlight all items that shift as a result of the most recent change you make. Now, with Change Highlights you gain a better understanding of the impacts of your choices.

Experiment with what-if scenarios

You can test several what-if scenarios in order to fully understand the implications of each choice while making scope changes.

Easily control finances

With the budget field, you can assign budgets to projects and programs. Other cost enhancements include more predefined fields, such as cost code, that map to financial fields tracked in project accounting systems.

Flexible project tracking and analysis

Compute and track core metrics unique to your project by defining custom fields based on your formulas. Graphical indicators can alert you when specific conditions are met.

Effectively communicate and present project information

Improve the organization of your projects and people with the scheduling power and capabilities of MS Project. Easily report and communicate information in various formats according to the needs of stakeholders.

Leverage charts and diagrams

The Visual Reports feature can produce PivotTable views, charts, graphs, and diagrams based on Project data.

Add visual highlights

You can change the background color of a cell or row with Background Cell Highlighting.

Use improved views

With new enhancements to the Calendar interface and the addition of 3-D Gantt bars, you can create even more visually effective reports.

Get productive quickly

MS Office Project helps you better organize work and people to help ensure projects are delivered on time and within budget.

Follow the Project Guide

Quickly master the project management process with the Project Guide, a step-by-step, interactive aid that helps you set up projects, manage tasks and resources, track status, and report project information.

Save time with templates

Start your projects prepopulated with a template to save time. Create your own custom template, or use one of the many new, out-of-the-box templates provided with MS Office Project.

Program Objective

At this program's conclusion, participants should be able to:

1. Learning by doing

2. Empowering you for higher roles and responsibilities in Project Management

3. To imbibe in you the power and problem solving features of this tool and how to use them

4. Tricks and tips to keep you way ahead of others

5. Handling multiple and complicated projects

6. Making the project follow your schedule and not vice versa.

Course Outline

MS Project - Your dashboard for project management


1. A brief session to discuss and mark problems faced today

2. Scheduling related concepts of PM

3. Why do we schedule

4. Common mistakes in scheduling

5. The Journey from estimations to a schedule

6. General sequence in creating a schedule and logic

7. The most common template

8. Getting started: -

a. The WBS and the grouping

b. Setting predecessors

c. Setting up resources

d. Assigning resources

e. The calendars

f. Formatting and printing plan

g. Tracking the progress

9. Is scheduling a one time activity

10. Maintainability issues and practical solutions

11. The relationships An advanced study

12. Deadlines and constraints

13. Milestones

14. Different Views and what to do with them

15. Team based exercises

Day 2 (Advanced Topics)

16. Fine tuning task details

17. Resources tuning and leveling

18. Organizing and formatting project plan

19. Project status reporting getting serious about it

20. The EVM Reporting

21. Getting projects back on track

22. Applying advanced formatting

23. Customizing projects

24. Consolidating projects and resources

25. Schedule Optimization

26. Schedule Updations Resource, tasks and costs

27. Project Evaluation

28. Slack / Float and Buffers Practical Winners

29. Different SDLCs and Different MPP templates

30. End of the training team based quizzing

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