F. Kevin Gaza, PMP
Kevin has been an enterprise project manager for fifteen years for a $2B per year Catholic Healthcare organization. In that role he has been the main author of the organization’s IT project methodology, and has been the lead project manager on a variety of enterprise projects such as a new data center, an Windows 7 and Office 2010 upgrade, and various enterprise healthcare application implementations.
Prior to the healthcare industry, Kevin worked as an independent contractor for the Indiana Secretary of State, an MIS Director at the Indianapolis Zoo, and a project engineer at Inland and Bethlehem Steel. He has taught Microsoft Project at IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) every year since 1994 as an adjunct in the continuing education department. Through that work--along with the over thirty years of project work in four different industries--Kevin has developed his approach to teaching and learning Microsoft Project, called The Five Keys Method.
This is Key 1 Navigation Microsoft Project Tutorial of the Five Keys to MS Project. Key 1 covers Navigation. Key 2 covers task and task linking. Key 3 covers task constraints---one of the most misunderstood components of MS Project. Key 4 covers project calendars. Key 5 cover tracking actual progress. In total the Five Keys gives you the essential skill needed to use MS Project in a way that keeps the tool lean but powerful, and thus usable as a tool for actually helping your projects to be successful. This method works. See the Udemy course on the Intro to the Five Keys for more information on why.
Take this Microsoft Project Training course and learn Key 1 navigation Microsoft Project tutorial.
It may seem impossible, but this course is designed for all skill levels. The reason is that each lecture builds on the knowledge from the prior lectures and thus brings beginners along at a steady pace, but also fills in knowledge gaps for existing intermediate and advanced users along the way. The great thing about video is that you can stop it and rewind it, so a beginner may take longer to get through a 3 minute lecture, while a more advanced user will watch it once and take care of business quickly.
This course is designed for anyone who wants to learn how to created reliable and effective project schedules with Microsoft Project: Beginners / new project managers that need to learn how to use Microsoft Project in order to plan their projects need no prior experience with the tool. They may take longer to get through each video but the same basic skills that need to be sharpened for intermediate and advanced users get covered for beginners. Thus this course is also for intermediate and advanced users as it makes sure all knowledge gaps are filled as the lectures clearly and quickly explain complex but basic scheduling functionality that often gets overlooked but is needed for mastery. For example, functionality such as how to effectively use the odd but useful Start to Finish link type for Just in Time scheduling. Thus the Five Keys Method is an approach that explains complex topics in ways that will cause you to understand ---starting with the basics and building from there.
The course was designed to teach essential skills that result in reliable, flexible and accurate schedules that are necessary for effective projects. And it teaches how to do that quickly and dependably by avoiding complex functionality that doesn’t help you understand what is driving your project’s finish date.