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
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  • Lectures 21
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 9/2015 English

Course 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!

What are the 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

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

What is the target audience?

  • Project Manager
  • Site Supervisor
  • Site Manager
  • Project Coordinator
  • Project Engineer
  • Contracts Administrator
  • Superintendent
  • Business Manager

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Get Started here!
01:38

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,

02:27

Welcome and Congratulations!

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

03:15

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

04:59

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

Section 2: Build a Detailed Plan
01:34

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

04:59

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


05:27

Build a Work Breakdown Structure by setting up your Headings

Build Section 2 of your project plan

07:09

Continue building the plan following The Planning Approach

BONUS 8 TIPS on improving your use with the software

07:09

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

Section 3: Define Resources
08:57

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

Section 4: Assign Resources
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.

Section 5: Project Outputs
00:31

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

04:27

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

03:19

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.

00:45

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

Section 6: Analyze the Project Plan
05:50

How to Present and Communicate your Plan

02:32

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

04:26

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

Section 7: Build your own Project
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.

Section 8: Bonus Lecture : Maximize Microsoft Project
02:46

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
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Instructor Biography

Brett Anderson, 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.

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