As the project management environment increases in complexity, project scheduling tools have become indispensable. We need dynamic project models that manage complexity, identify slippage and support alternatives.
- A good schedule
- is a valid, dynamic model of a project.
- is a smart simplification of the complex reality of the project
- is valid if it reflects the reality of your project and provides reliable forecasts
- updates itself when changes are entered, not disturbing the validity of the schedule
- Understand and apply basic project management concepts for planning, executing, controlling and closing of Ms Project schedules.
- Understand that a schedule is a valid dynamic model of a project.
- Be able to create and optimize dynamic schedules in order to meet deadlines and budget restrictions while keeping resources workloads under control.
- Update the schedule effectively and efficiently and being able to continuously create forecasts on costs, dates and resource assignments
- Use Earned value management with Ms Project in a dynamic way
- Create and maintaining effective reporting and views on your dynamic project data.
- Creates a common language that will help to establish common processes for dynamic project scheduling.
- Shows best practices that will help your organization to move toward a singular methodology of scheduling.
- The guidelines are universally applicable to projects of any size, industry and complexity
THE TRAINING IS FOR YOU IF
- you currently use Microsoft® Excel as your primary project management tool
- changes happen so frequently in your projects that it’s hard to keep up with them
- you want to have the possibility to explore what-if scenario’s with Ms Project
- you want to gain a deeper understanding of Ms Project
- you want create schedule simulations for quantitative risk analysis
- you want to roll up dynamic subprojects into master projects
AFTER COMPLETION YOU WILL BE ABLE TO
- Initialize Ms Project to start project planning
- Create a well-formed project schedule, including WBS, estimates, dependencies, constraints, deadlines, and calendar use
- Assign resources and costs to tasks
- Understand task types and the schedule formula
- Analyze resource utilization
- Set a baseline
- Track progress
- Apply Earned Value Management
- Create project reports and analyze project, resource, and task data
- Customize and format Ms Project views and fields
- Manage multiple projects
WHAT WILL YOU GET?
- A professional trainer that is certified in the method and applies it in his day-to-day work – no theoretical approach, but practical hands-on
- The latest version of the handbook Dynamic Scheduling with Microsoft Project
- A binder including the training materials, case studies and exercises
The entire program takes 2 full course days, including the foundation exam.
- Getting Started with Ms Project
- Ms Project Overview
- Setting Up a New Project Schedule
- Setting the Project Calendar
- Entering Tasks
- The Planning Processes
- Types of Tasks
- Creating the WBS in Ms Project
- Entering Estimates
- Tendencies in Estimating
- The Rolling Wave Approach
- Entering Estimates in Ms Project
- Entering Dependencies
- The Principle of Dynamic Scheduling
- Types of Dependencies
- Entering Dependencies in Ms Project
- Entering Deadlines, Constraints, and Task Calendars
- Use of Deadlines and Constraints
- Entering Deadlines and Constraints in Ms Project
- Creating Task Calendars and applying them to tasks
- Entering Resources and Costs
- Types of Resources
- Entering Resources in Ms Project
- Calendars and Resources
- Entering Costs in Ms Project
- Entering Assignments
- Assignments in a Schedule
- Entering Assignments in Ms Project
- Assignments and Costs
- Optimizing the Schedule
- The Critical Path Method
- Resource Levelling
- Optimizing Time, Cost, and Resources in Ms Project
- Updating the Schedule
- The Baseline
- Updating Strategies and Situations
- Prepare the Status and Forecast Report in Ms Project
- Using Reports
- Using Visual Reports
- Formatting & Printing in Ms Project
- Customizing Fields in Ms Project
- Earned Value Management (EVM)
- Overview of EVM
- Applying EVM with Ms Project
- Evaluating the Project
- Evaluating the Project Performance
- Project Benefits and Results
- Templates for Future Projects
- Tools and Checklist
- Best Practices Checklist
OTHER PRACTICAL INFORMATION
- There is no pre-course work for this training.
- Some experience of working with projects is desireable.
- Experience with working with Microsoft Project is required
- here is no homework for this course.
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