Microsoft Project: The Five Keys - Key 2 Task Links (Part A)
What you'll learn
- By watching the videos in this module, the result should be that you have developed a basic competency in understanding how task links work in Microsoft Project. This is a core skill needed to be able to develop effective dynamic schedules in Microsoft Project.
- Key 1 - Navigation
This is Part A of Key 2, and covers Task Entry and Task Linking in MS Project.
Here is a summary of where this key fits into the Five Keys Method:
- Key 1 covered Navigation.
- Key 2 has two modules: This Task Linking Mechanics (Part A) module and then is followed by a second module on the Application of Task Linking (Part B) in project schedules. Thus Key 2 covers not only how task linking works (Part A), but how it enables the application of key scheduling features (Part B)---such as the critical path method---to help you create effective project plans.
- 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 skills needed to use MS Project in a way that keeps the tool lean but powerful, and thus the Five Keys teaches you to use MS Project in a way that actually helps your projects be more successful.
Who this course is for:
- Intermediate Users
- Advanced Users
F. Kevin Gaza, PMP
Hello! I have been an enterprise project manager for over fifteen years for a multi-state healthcare organization. In that role I was a primary architect and author of the organization’s project methodology and have been a lead project manager on a variety of enterprise projects including rolling out ITIL/ITSM, building data centers, FCC funding projects , deploying networking systems, upgrading Windows Servers and Desktops for over 25,000 users---and deploying numerous healthcare applications.
Prior to healthcare I worked as a PM for the Indiana Secretary of State, and before that I had some fun starting up the new Indianapolis Zoo as the IT Director---but only after paying my dues for some years as a project engineer in the manufacturing sector. I taught Microsoft Project at IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) from 1994 on as an adjunct, which basically was my rat labs for course development.
Through all that---three decades of project work, four-plus industries, and teaching at IUPUI---I developed this approach to using Microsoft Project, called The Five Keys Method. Hopefully you will find it jam packed with insights and tricks you won't find anywhere else. Enjoy!