Are your projects expanding in size and scope faster than you can manage them? Are you starting to work on an enterprise team and need to understand how larger projects work? Have you found yourself unexpectedly taking on the role of project manager? Is your IT career path taking you in the direction of project management?
As IT and development projects get increasingly complex, the role of project manager has become more critical. Whether you're a reluctant project manager trying to improve the output and efficiency of your team, or an aspiring project professional, you're going to find this course extremely helpful. With over 20 years of project management experience, Beth Mosolgo-Clark will be your instructor as you learn the basics of project management, including terminology, techniques, reporting, and costing. At the same time, you'll become familiar with Microsoft Project--the software most commonly used by project professionals.
This course includes hours of video lecture, dozens of project management examples, and samples. You'll find there is no better way to dive into Microsoft Project software and the field of project management!
Welcome to Project Management! Beth Mosolgo-Clark will be your instructor through out the course. Beth introduces herself and her background in project management, as well as some of the topics that will be covered in this course. You will use MS Project for this course.
Beth introduces the basic concepts and terminology of project management that will be covered in this chapter.
In this video, Beth discusses the value of being a project manager and how it is beneficial.
Beth discusses some of the key points and information you'll need to manage your project effectively.
The purpose of a project is to meet an objective. In this section, your instructor demonstrates how to translate objectives and requirements into tasks or steps.
Your instructor, Beth, discusses the different types of project resources and identifies the specific resources that your project needs to succeed.
Beth, your instructor, discusses different types of constraints your project may encounter, and how to account for these constraints when planning and tracking your project.
In this video, Beth discusses how unstated objectives and constraints can sink your project and how to find all the information you need for your project's success.
Beth wraps up the chapter on the basic project management concepts.
Your instructor Beth discusses some of the basic components that will be covered in MS Project, in this section.
In this video, Beth discusses the general UX of MS Project including where to locate commands you may need quickly and easily.
Your instructor, Beth, discusses the different options for creating a new project, including using templates and existing projects.
In this video, your instructor Beth, helps you understand Gantt chart basics and the project information they convey.
You are now ready to begin to make your own projects in MS project!
In this section, you will learn about the details about project tasks.
In this section, your instructor discusses what a work breakdown structure is. You will also learn how to create new and edit existing project tasks, including milestones.
Your instructor discusses how to create and update the relationships between your tasks.
This video discusses what the Critical path is and why it is critical! Beth discusses how to identify, manage, and report your project's critical path.
Your instructor Beth summarizes all the aspects of tasks that were covered in the chapter. You are ready to start managing tasks in MS Project!
In this chapter, your instructor Beth discusses the Critical Path and goes into more depth about scheduling tasks. This chapter will provide you with the information to tackle complex task schedules
In this video, Beth goes into greater detail about the Critical Path.
This video identifies the tasks that, if minimized, will improve your project's completion date.
Your instructor discusses how to accurately track task completion information, even when the task is interrupted or postponed.
Your instructor Beth discusses Task float and how to manage it in order to finely schedule tasks that are not constrained by a required start or finish date.
You have learned techniques for shortening the critical path, and ways to address unforeseen but predictable difficulties, your project may face and have gained more knowledge on scheduling project tasks.
In this chapter, Beth provides you will all the information you will need to manage your project resources.
In this video, Beth, your instructor, identifies the resources that your project needs to be successful.
Beth, your instructor, demonstrates how to create new and edit existing, project resources.
In this video, your instructor demonstrates how to assign a resource to a task and how to find tasks that are currently unassigned. Beth also discusses how to keep your project's resources working on the most important tasks and to identify when your project needs more or fewer resources.
Your instructor demonstrates how to command MS Project to automatically assign tasks to resources, based on task priority.
In this video, your instructor, Beth will demonstrate how to update your task progress, track your project's status and recognize if changes to the initial plan are needed.
Your instructor demonstrates how to maximize resources effectiveness in your project.
You now have the tools and knowledge to master managing your project resources!
Beth discusses the ways that you will learn to use calendars in MS Project.
In this video, your instructor will discuss how to effectively use calendars in MS Project to manage projects and resources.
Beth demonstrates how to create new, and edit existing calendars.
In this video, your instructor Beth will discuss how to read a project's Gantt chart and understand how resource availability constraints are affecting your project.
Beth summarizes the different elements of calendars that you now know.
In this chapter, Beth will discuss a few different views, as well as how to use reports effectively in MS Project. At the end of this chapter, you will be able to examine your project from a variety of perspectives and have the tools to easily and beautifully convey your project's status.
In this video, Beth will discuss the Work Breakdown Structure of your project.
Using resource elements, you will be able to understand if project resources are over/underbooked, allowing you to adjust your project plan and be aware of risk to the project schedule.
Milestone view is generally used to report the major steps of a project to a client or to management. In this video, Beth will show you how to use this view.
Network Diagram view highlights the project's critical path, generally without specific task duration information.
Some project managers prefer a tabular text-based view of the project, rather than the graphic Gantt chart view. In this video, Beth will discuss some of the different ways you can view your project in MS Project.
In this video, Beth discusses how to view project data using built-in reports or, in a form that meets your specific needs.
Beth summarizes the views and reports that MS Projects offers, and that were covered in this chapter.
This chapter will focus on the tools you may use while managing the budget of your project in MS Project.
In this video, you instructor Beth will show you how to track the labor costs of a project.
In this video, Beth shows you how to track the non-labor costs of a project, such as equipment, materials, etc.
Your instructor demonstrates how to be able to quickly see if a project is over, under or on budget.
In this video, Beth discusses some tips for managing your project costs, including how to avoid or minimize project cost overruns, something your management will appreciate!
You now have the tools you need to manage your project from the budget perspective, in addition to managing it from the schedule perspective.
Your instructor Beth discusses the topics that will be covered in this chapter. After this chapter your prospective on MS Project will be broadened and you will be able to more fully apply the power of this application to make your projects successful.
In this video, you will learn how to share your project information with team members and stakeholders.
In this video, your instructor demonstrates how to work more productively by automating repetitive tasks.
This video discusses using MS Project on your mobile device and via the Cloud.
Beth discusses how to better understand the range of functionality and cost options of MS Project, and select what's best for you and your organization.
In this video, Beth discusses some of the other project management tools that you can use to fit your needs and budget, such as Basecamp, TeamGantt, etc.
Beth summarizes this final chapter.
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Beth Mosolgo-Clark has been a Project/Program Manager for over 20 years and has extensive experience using MS Project to manage projects of all scopes and sizes.
Beth began her passionate relationship with computer science during a summer enrichment course in high school. She held technical intern positions with Westinghouse Defense Systems and Western Electric. After receiving her Computer Science degree from Virginia Tech, Beth started her career with Hewlett-Packard, designing operating systems for then state-of-the-art minicomputers in Silicon Valley. Next, Beth moved to GE, first developing real-time operating systems for industrial PCs, then transitioning into embedded firmware project management. In this role, Beth led teams to award-winning successful project completions and instituted numerous project management process improvements. Beth’s projects were often selected for ISO 9000 audits, due to her reputation for quality and process excellence. Most recently, Beth brought her expertise to the operations department of Alere Informatics, improving data-driven insight into product installation project management.