In the previous module, Key 2, Task Links Part A, the mechanics of linking tasks was covered. In this course module, Key 2, Task Links Part B, the application of the task linking feature in Microsoft Project is covered by the discussion of two important task scheduling tools: The Critical Path Method, and Task Outlining.
Microsoft Project automatically performs the complex Critical Path calculations within the tool, thus this course covers how it does that, and how to use the Critical Path feature to improve the management of your project schedule.
Additionally this course module covers the all important Outlining feature, as with task outlining being built into Microsoft Project you have a powerful and easy way to decompose your projects down to the needed level of detail to be able to monitor and control your projects, while also providing the ability to rollup your project schedules to high level summary tasks which are beneficial for management reporting.
All of this is covered in detail in this important Microsoft Project course. Watch and understand key features for mastering the Critical Path and Outlining features you need to be an effective project scheduler.
This lecture provides an overview to the Five Keys courses.
The opportunity the Five Keys course provides is promising it will give you unique insights to understanding MS Project for creating task driven project schedules like no other course or book. It is based on fifteen plus years of creating content and teaching MS Project at a local university and using MS Project as an enterprise project manager. This course is not about teaching you how to pass a Microsoft Exam. This course is about showing you how to turn MS Project into the power tool it truly is. No other does this. Period.
This lecture provides an overview of what will be covered in Key2 - Advanced Linking
In this lecture we will introduce the concept of taking the mechanics of task linking learned in Task Links Part A, and expand it to two very important tools: The Critical Path in Microsoft Project, and the Outlining Feature in Microsoft Project.
This story problem is provided to enhance your learning experience. It exercises the concepts of the critical path and outlining. It should take you about 30 minutes to complete.
F. Kevin Gaza, PMP
Kevin has been an enterprise project manager for over fifteen years for a multi-state healthcare organization. In that role he has been a primary architect and author of the organization’s project methodology and has 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 and Office for over 20,000 users---and not to mention deploying numerous healthcare products.
Prior to healthcare Kevin worked as a PM for the Indiana Secretary of State, and had fun for several years as the IT Director at the Indianapolis Zoo---but only after paying his dues for some years as a project engineer in the manufacturing sector. He has taught Microsoft Project at IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) since 1994 as an adjunct, which is basically one of his rat labs for course development.
Through all that---three decades of project work, four-plus industries, and teaching at IUPUI---Kevin has developed this approach to using Microsoft Project, called The Five Keys Method. The Method is jam packed with insights and tricks you won't find anywhere else.