Microsoft Project - The Complete Guide for Project Managers
What you'll learn
- Develop realistic and impressive project plans using Microsoft Project
- Use Microsoft Project to define major projects
- Understand how to define and allocate people, material and cost resources using Microsoft Project
- Place the use of Microsoft Project within the concept of a Project Life Cycle
- Demonstrate your professional ability to use Microsoft Project effectively
- Understand how to create Work Breakdown Structures
- Be familiar with the use of WBS Schedule Pro for the production of professional Work Breakdown Structure diagrams
- Know how to create baselines for project plans
- Be able to use Microsoft Project to record ongoing project information to compare progress against set baselines
- Track Project Progress Effectively
- Produce professional project reports
- Manage multiple projects using consolidated Master Plans
- Must Have Access to Microsoft Project 2019 or 2016.
- Commit the time to completing the assignments and quizzes to get the most from the course materials
Learn how to use Microsoft Project to create, manage and control complex project plans. This course will teach you the essential skills required to use to define, produce and manage professional project plans using Microsoft Project. No prior knowledge is required.
Build Professional Skills in the use of Microsoft Project for all Phases of the Project Lifecycle
Work Breakdown Structure Diagrams
Professional Project Plans
Phases, Sub Phases and Tasks
Resource Create and Allocation
Creating and Managing Baselines
Understand what you need to measure
What If Analysis
Resource Usage and Management
Using Team Planner
Creating Dashboard Reports for Project Stakeholders
Consolidated and Master Plans
How to Create Custom Views of Project Information
Managing the Initiation and Planning Stages of the Project Life Cycle
Part 1 of the course focuses on the tools and techniques needed during the Initiation and Planning stages of the project life cycle. You will learn how to approach the definition of projects using Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) diagrams. Then you will develop the skill to translate a WBS diagram into a well structured and professional Microsoft Project plan. Learn how to create work, cost and material resources, and how to allocate resources to project tasks. You will explore all aspects of project structures, how to create project phases, sub phases and tasks. Understand how to define sensible and logical dependencies between the various elements of your plans, and how you can customise them to reflect the specific requirements of each project.
Learn how to Track, Monitor and Control Major Projects
Part 2 of the course will provide you with the skills and techniques to use this widely used software product as a key tool in the tracking and monitoring of major projects.This course will benefit both beginner and experienced users of the product, with comprehensive demonstrations of the major elements of Microsoft Project within the context of the Monitoring and Control processes of a typical project life cycle.The course provides a comprehensive explanation of what information to track, how to record key project progress data, how to manage and create customised reports for project stakeholders. All aspects in the use of Microsoft Project for monitoring and control are explored, including those features such as Team Planner, only found in the Professional version of the software. Learn how to manage multiple projects by creating Master Plans using shared Resource Pools. Upon completion you will have a firm understanding of how to use Microsoft Project to ensure that you are tracking the right data and in the correct manner.
Content and Overview
The purpose of the course is to develop your skills in the Initiation and Planning, Monitoring and Control of major projects. Microsoft Project is a very large and complex piece of software with many features which, without proper explanation, remain unused by many project managers. Even seasoned users of Microsoft Project will neglect some essential and highly valuable features of the product if they have not received the required instruction.
This course will explore those aspects of the software which are extremely beneficial when you need to create comprehensive project plans and then make sure that your projects are kept on track and up to date. You will learn how to approach the definition of a project plan by creating Work Breakdown Structures (WBS) diagrams. Having designed your WBS, you will then learn how to translate this into a well defined and professional Microsoft Project plan, with accurately defined phases and sub phases, logical dependencies and well defined tasks. Learn how to create work, cost and material resources, and how to allocate those resources to the tasks which you include in your plans. Understand what data is most important to your project - what to track - then learn how to capture the required information. Explore how best to record actuals from the project team. Ensure that you know how to monitor variations in cost, schedule and resources relative to agreed project baselines. Create and manage multiple plans using Project Master Plans and Resource Pools. Use Microsoft Project to generate dashboard and visual reports to ensure that your project stakeholders are always kept up to date using information which is timely and relevant.
This course is aimed at people who recognise that having skills in the use of Microsoft Project will provide them with an edge in their workplace or college environment. The instructor has over 20 years experience in managing complex projects and is currently a full time University Professor with Project Management as one of his specialisations. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional in Microsoft Project.
Who this course is for:
- Complete beginners or by those who are familiar with previous versions of Microsoft Project
- Students who wish to develop professional and practical skills in the use of Microsoft Project
- Users of Microsoft Project who wish to further your professional development aspirations
With over twenty years experience as a systems analyst and project manager with significant experience in the design and implementation of major projects for some of the worlds largest companies, Dave Murphy changed career track in 2000 and has been a professional university educator for over 20 years. Dave has recently retired after 22 years as a Lecturer in Business Information Systems with the Technological University Dublin. His main interests are in Microsoft Certifications, Project Management and Business Process Analysis. Dave has a Bachelor in Science degree (Hons) from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters Degree in Computing. In addition to obtaining PRINCE2 Practitioner status, Dave is also a Microsoft Certified Professional in Managing Projects with Microsoft Project, is a MOS Master and a MOS examiner.
With over 25 years teaching at university level, Ann has been teaching Microsoft Office Applications to both undergraduate students and business clients for many years and has multiple MOS Certifications, in addition to being a MOS Examiner.
She has a 1st class Honors B.Sc. degree in Information Technology and a Postgraduate qualification in IT for Strategic Management.
Prior to her career as a University Lecturer, Ann owned her own consultancy company delivering business solutions and training to many varied clients.
She enjoys interacting with enthusiastic students and wants to bring her expertise to as many Udemy students as possible.
This combination of experience from both a teaching and learning background makes Ann uniquely qualified to develop and deliver courses to Udemy students.