Microsoft Project : How to Build a Detailed Project Plan
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Microsoft Project : How to Build a Detailed Project Plan

Clear Concise Steps to Building a Project Plan in Microsoft Project. Become a professional in under an hour
4.7 (20 ratings)
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Created by Brett Anderson
Last updated 10/2015
English
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Build a Functional Project Plan
  • Navigate fluently throughout Microsoft Project
  • Analyze and Interpret a Project Plan
  • Get Clear Concise Steps - Straight to the Point - without the waffle
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Requirements
  • This training is suitable for Beginners through to experienced users of Microsoft Project who want to know how to build a functional project plan and Get more out of the software
  • No prior project management knowledge required
  • Microsoft Project 2013 or 2010 installed
  • For best results, perform the same steps as the video
Description

Learn to Build a Detailed Project Plan that is Fully Linked, Fully Resourced and Fully Costed in MICROSOFT PROJECT so you can build Robust Project Programs that Lead your Projects to Success.

You will receive a Step by Step “Practical Workout" in building a project program from ground up so you can apply your skills immediately and Understand how a project schedule should look and operate.

  • Get Clear Concise Steps - Straight to the Point - without the waffle.


I'll show you a systematic process of building a project plan that maximizes the potential of Microsoft Project and helps you streamline the day to day running of the project.

This training is suitable for Beginners through to Experienced users of Microsoft Project who want to gain more out of the software. I'll illustrate my approach of building a detailed project plan that leads to maximum functionality of Microsoft Project. This approach works for any project of any size in any industry.

The Practical Workout

We start from a blank project and work through a step-by-step approach to building a Gantt Chart (a visual timeline that is logically linked). I'll point out ways to utilize the features in Microsoft Project to increase your fluency with the software.

By the end of the course, you will have a functional project plan with skills that can be applied immediately. You will have the knowledge to :-

  1. Build a detailed project plan
    • Fully Linked
    • Fully Resourced
    • Fully Costed
  2. Extract the information you need from your plan to help you manage your project. Including:-
    • How Long the project takes
    • How Much the project costs
    • Know when your team are required and what they are doing
    • Extract their work packages
    • Use the tool to Communicate your plan clearly to team members
    • Align the Client and the team with project expectations
    • Look Ahead at Upcoming Work


Stand out from the crowd and you start using Microsoft Project like a professional!

Who is the target audience?
  • Project Manager
  • Site Supervisor
  • Site Manager
  • Project Coordinator
  • Project Engineer
  • Contracts Administrator
  • Superintendent
  • Business Manager
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 21 Lectures Collapse All 21 Lectures 01:24:39
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Get Started here!
4 Lectures 12:19

Welcome Let's get started to building great project plans in Microsoft Project. Here is a preview of what you can expect to gain from the training,

Preview 01:38

Welcome and Congratulations!

Which version of Microsoft Project are you using? 2010 or 2013

Preview 02:27

Run through these Options settings in Microsoft Project to setup the software and make it easier to use.

Preview 03:15

Let's understand how Microsoft Project is put together. By knowing this, it will make Project easier to use!

How to Navigate around Microsoft Project
04:59
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Build a Detailed Plan
5 Lectures 26:18

Insight to what we are going to Build in our project plan

Preview 01:34

Understand the first 3 steps in The Planning Approach.

In this lecture, we will demonstrate Tasks Durations and Links to build the first section of the plan.

For best results, follow along and copy the steps on your own laptop to build a project plan in Microsoft Project


Tasks Durations and Links
04:59

Build a Work Breakdown Structure by setting up your Headings

Build Section 2 of your project plan

Build Section 2 and Tips on Linking Sections
05:27

Continue building the plan following The Planning Approach

BONUS 8 TIPS on improving your use with the software

Build Section 3 and Useful Tips
07:09

Finish building your timeline. I'll show you how to setup a Milestone and show you the purpose of a Milestone.

Build Last Section, Milestones and an Extra Valuable Tip!
07:09
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Define Resources
1 Lecture 08:57

Define the Resources - Workers, Equipment and Contractors you need for the Project

Define Resources
08:57
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Assign Resources
1 Lecture 09:09

The final step in the Planning Approach is to assign resources to tasks. Watch as we quickly assign workers, materials and fixed costs into the project - Very important to assist with an accurate monthly Cashflow and utlization of your Resources.

Assign Resources
09:09
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Project Outputs
4 Lectures 09:02

Why do we build a Project Plan? What is it we want to get from our plan?

Preview 00:31

What we get from our Planning Efforts. Find all the answers you need to help you communicate your plan to the client and team members and align them with your expectations

Project Outputs
04:27

In this lecture, we generate the Cashflow for the Project. We show you how to view your weekly and monthly expenditure to keep your project afloat.

Project Cashflow
03:19

We'll recap the outputs you can attain by following the 5 step approach.

Recap what we've learnt
00:45
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Analyze the Project Plan
3 Lectures 12:48

How to Present and Communicate your Plan

Analyze the Plan
05:50

In this lecture, we show you ways to present the information you need for your target audience. Instead of presenting the whole Gantt Chart, cut and slice details to present to your boss, produce a 2 week look ahead

How to present information to make it easier to read
02:32

More ways of analyzing details in your plan in Microsoft Project. We'll show you how to structure your project plan to give you more details you need to communicate and present your plan

More ways to analyze the plan
04:26
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Build your own Project
1 Lecture 03:06

Apply your skills to build your own project plan. If you don't have a plan, have a go at building this log cabin. This will demonstrate your understanding and ability to practice your skillsets. Send me a message if you have any questions.

Preview 03:06
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Bonus Lecture : Maximize Microsoft Project
2 Lectures 03:01

Brett Anderson presents Microsoft Project Comprehensive to Maximize your Potential with Microsoft Project

  • Find the true Critical Path of a Project and how to apply this knowledge
  • Manage overallocated Resources
  • Follow the correct methods to Track your project!
  • Customize the presentation of the Gantt Chart
  • 5 Checkpoint - Project Integrity Checklist
Microsoft Project Comprehensive
02:46

Contact me with your Microsoft Project questions

Support Offer
00:15
About the Instructor
Brett Anderson
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Improve your Planning Skills Immediately!

Project professional, Brett Anderson, bases his teaching off real project experience from industry work where he works for contractors preparing contract programmes, tracking progress and preparing extension of time claims. He also works for major clients reviewing and approving programmes and assessing extension of time claims. He takes pride on being able to respond to queries with practical examples that he has come across.

Brett is a skilful trainer with the ability to breakdown the complexity of Microsoft Project into clear and logical steps using real case industry examples.

Brett has a background in Economics and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute (PMI). He was also served on the Board of the WA Chapter of PMI 2009-11. Brett has project management experience from a broad range of industries including commercial and residential construction, mining non process and process infrastructure, civil construction, health and government (State and Local).

He has trained Microsoft Project since 2006. His training has particular emphasis on a clear and practical approach to using MS Project with the outcome being increased productivity in the workplace and efficiency with planning and delivery of projects.