Discover how to effectively plan, implement, and control projects using Microsoft Project. In these lessons, you'll learn how to use Microsoft Project to think through and organize your project's details, plan a schedule, sequence tasks, produce a baseline, assign resources and costs, track your progress, identify and analyze variances, and revise your project plan. Once you've constructed a basic schedule, you'll see how to enlarge it and share it with clients and co-workers. In addition, you'll learn Microsoft Project's techniques for fine-tuning different aspects of your project, including splitting tasks for work interruptions and defining material consumption rates. The knowledge you gain from this course will help you avoid going down dead-end alleys and prevent you from overloading your schedule. If you encounter trouble on your project, you'll be able to apply a number of powerful problem resolution techniques to help get your project back on track. No matter how complex your projects are, Microsoft Project will help you cut them down to size. By the end of the course, you'll be able to produce project plans that wow your audience and empower you to achieve your business goals.

  • Leverage Microsoft Project to plan and manage project schedules and resources

  • Optimize plans and organize calendars

  • Track progress and monitor variances between targets and actuals

  • Assign resources to tasks and troubleshoot over allocation conflicts

  • Create reports and dashboards to effectively share project data

  • Create project plans, tasks and milestones

  • Construct and changing dependencies

  • Control project, task and resource calendars

  • Set baselines and tracking progress

  • Manage resource availability and resolving overall locations

  • Generate basic and dynamic reports


Introduction to Microsoft Project

  • Overview of project management concepts that apply to Microsoft Project

  • Introducing the Microsoft Project interface

  • Customizing the Ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar


Creating a New Project Plan

  • Building a project plan

  • Producing a work breakdown structure (WBS)

  • Entering tasks, summary tasks and milestones

  • Estimating and entering task duration

  • Establishing relationships between tasks

  • Working with different types of dependencies

  • Adjusting the project schedule to target specific dates


Scheduling essentials

  • Leveraging manual and automatic scheduling

  • Conceptualizing and identifying the critical path

  • Analyzing and managing the schedule


Optimizing the project plan

  • Implementing lag and lead

  • Applying deadline dates to the project plan

  • Setting, locating and removing task constraints

  • Managing master and subprojects


Controlling Your Project Plan

  • Configuring calendars

  • Creating new and updating existing calendars

  • Analyzing the relationship between project, task and resource calendars

  • Changing default calendar options

Applying calendars to projects, tasks and resources

  • Assigning calendars appropriately

  • Updating your project plan due to calendar changes

Sharing project calendars

  • Saving calendar changes to the Global template

  • Sharing and organizing calendars

Keeping Your Project on Track

  • Preparing for tracking

  • Validating the project plan

  • Establishing the baseline

Tracking task progress

  • Identifying key steps in the tracking process

  • Updating the project plan with tracking data

  • Analyzing variance against the project plan

  • Creating graphical status indicators


Troubleshooting schedule problems

  • Reviewing project task updates for timeline problems

  • Resolving issues with the project schedule

Managing Project Resources and Assignments

Creating and assigning resources

  • Defining work, material and cost resources

  • Assigning resources to tasks

  • Utilizing budget resources

  • Configuring resource pools

Managing and tracking resource assignments

  • Troubleshooting resource assignments

  • Investigating and resolving resource overallocations

  • Tracking assignment progress

  • Leveraging the Usage views to manage assignments

Analyzing Project Data and Preparing Reports

Identifying communication needs

  • Defining stakeholder groups

  • Identifying project communication requirements

Creating reports

  • Examining basic and dynamic report types

  • Designing dashboard indicator reports

  • Building custom tables, filters and reports

  • Creating Visual Report templates

  • Automating reporting tasks via macros

Interacting with other applications

  • Sharing data using the Timeline view

  • Overview of collaboration features

  • Employing import and export maps