Let accredited project experts teach you invaluable skills, techniques, tips and smarts on this Microsoft Project training class.
|For people who plan and manage people, projects and programmes in a corporate or public sector environment, this high-impact workshop provides the best of both worlds. Not only does it teach core Microsoft Project knowledge and techniques, but it also provides the smart skills required to manage work, cost and resource demands within a single project or larger work programme. Anyone who works on projects in a R&D, IT, marketing or other corporate / public sector environment will benefit from the real-world learning within this objectives-focused workshop.
Delivered in bite-sized segments, this workshop combines our 4-hour Microsoft Project Foundation and 8-hour Microsoft Project Programmes & People workshops to deliver a comprehensive understanding of the Microsoft project toolset. Hands-on tutorials and thought-provoking exercises based on real case study projects will provide you with the skills and the smarts to deliver quality projects and programmes on time and on budget.
|Closed-Company and Public Schedule delivery. Three x 4-hour segments.
|After completion of this training, delegates will:
|Project Manager, Programme Manager, Resource Manager, Project Office Administrator, Project Coordinator, Programme Coordinator.
|Segment 1. Foundation – Initiation
This first workshop section explains Microsoft Project from first principles; the database, the scheduling engine, the views & tables & reports, together with the ribbon-based command structure. Within this section, you will also learn how to create a new project, set its fundamental options, define project calendars and resources, and create the project’s top-level structure of key deliverables.
|Segment 1. Foundation – Planning
Section two is all about creating a well-defined and realistic project plan. You will learn how to expand a project’s outline into tasks and milestones, which in turn you will specify and schedule. You will review and optimise your project, in preparation for reporting this data to your stakeholders with insight and clarity. As work and cost are key tenets of a workable project, you will also gain an understanding of how these can be manipulated (and where necessary optimised) to ensure your project’s plan can best model the real world.
|Segment 1. Foundation – Execution
Section three is all about managing the course of a project during its riskiest phase, execution. You will learn how to set realistic targets with baselines, update progress around as-of dates and fix work and tasks to stakeholder-driven schedules. You will also learn the importance of rescheduling remaining work into the future and how your project’s current work/cost/time model can be analysed and (where necessary) manipulated to best balance the work to be performed against the resources that carry out that work.
|Segment 1. Foundation – Closure
Section four closes off a completed project. You will learn how views, tables, filters, and reports can be used to analyse project performance, thus gaining invaluable lessons that can be applied to future projects.
|Segment 2. Programmes & People – Initiation
This first Programmes & People module explains the fundamental concepts behind Microsoft Project; its database, its scheduling engine, its views & tables & reports, together with the ribbon-based command that controls how it all works. Creation of new projects is explained; including project templates, calendar settings & scheduling defaults, together with project metadata to aid in business intelligence reporting. To ensure every project can achieve its objectives, project-specific and enterprise-wide resource pools are introduced, together with how best to optimise the use of both role-type resources and individual people.
|Segment 2. Programmes & People – Planning
This next module is all about creating robust and workable project plans that correctly describe a scope of work, balanced against an ability to meet required timescales. High-level deliverables are expanded to form detailed tasks and milestones, which are subsequently defined, linked to one another, and then scheduled. Task criticality is examined, together with how recurring work can be planned. Real-world techniques for assigning work to tasks are introduced, with emphasis on how to accurately model utilisation of people and effort to correctly fulfil resourcing requirements for the project. Reporting to project sponsors is considered, together with reporting styles that match the needs of the recipient, all sliced-and-diced by meaningful project metadata. Finally, processes for placeholder assignment replacement, automated resource levelling and interactive resource optimisation are used to ensure the organisation’s people are used expediently and efficiently in delivering organisation-wide benefits.
|Segment 3. Programmes & People – Execution
Module three provides an intensive walkthrough of techniques to balance work, time and deliverables within a project’s most risky phase, execution. Project governance processes are explored, ensuring that all project stakeholders have accurate and timely access to a single version of the truth. Straightforward and practical ways to progress work, expenditure and dates are then investigated, together with how tasks and people can be scheduled against immovable dates; plus, how incomplete work can be correctly scheduled from the past into the future. Progress reviews enable the revision of project scope, task sequence, and resource work schedules. Detailed project updating is then examined, relative to change-controlled baseline revisions. Detailed analysis of variances and flexibilities within the project’s schedule provide the opportunity to make intricate changes to when tasks occur, and resource work is performed.
|Segment 3. Programmes & People – Managing the programme
The final module expands the project universe to encompass a portfolio of initiatives, work and people across the organisation. The concept of a shared resource pool is explained in detail, together with role and organisational breakdown (OBS) definitions. Portfolio-wide resource availability is examined, together with its impact upon the schedule of the portfolio’s projects. Inter-project task linking is also investigated to ensure efficient work handovers between project participants. Finally, the project portfolio is optimised to remove any duplication of work or deliverables across interrelated subprojects.
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