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Microsoft Project 2010 Essentials


Would you like to use Microsoft Project 2010 more effectively? This certificate course is Microsoft Project users who need to effectively plan, track and communicate about projects, even if your title doesn’t include the words “project manager.” Each session of the series is taught by an MPUG expert presenter as ranked by our community members. The series will begin by answering the question, “What is project management?” and then explain how Microsoft Project fits in the framework of project management theory. The series will then delve into the practical aspects of planning and tracking projects, and communicating project information to others.

Learning Objectives

  1. The project management lifecycle, how Microsoft Project supports project management activities, and when other tools are needed.
  2. Set up a project and tasks in Microsoft Project
  3. Create resources and assign them to project tasks
  4. Track and analyze project performance
  5. Communicate and share project information with others

Instructors (Full Profiles Here):

Community Favourites Bonnie Biafore and Sam Huffman

Session Outline

Level 100, Session 1: Getting Started with Project Management and Microsoft Project (2 hrs)

  • What Is a Project?
  • What Is Project Management?
  • Key Goals & Challenges Facing Projects
  • How Does Microsoft Project Fit into Project Management
  • Learning Your Way Around Microsoft Project (Ribbon, views)
  • Recommended Microsoft Project options
  • Creating a Microsoft Project file (includes start date, schedule from)
  • Working with calendars Creating tasks (names, durations)
  • Organizing your tasks into a work breakdown structure
  • Manually and automatically scheduling tasks
  • Linking tasks
  • Evaluating the schedule (Project Statistics, finish dates, critical path)

Level 200, Session 2: Working Effectively with Microsoft Project and Resources (2 hrs)

  • Understanding work, material, and cost resources
  • Adding resources to your project
  • Defining in Resource Sheet
  • Defining in Dialog box
  • Resource settings you need to know and understand
  • Setting resource costs
  • Setting resource working time
  • Assigning resources to tasks
  • Using split-screen views to manage task resource assignments
  • Two Powerful Examples: Gantt/Task Form with Resource Work Detail use for resource assignments and Resource
  • Allocation View and Details
  • Adding and removing resources from tasks

Level 300, Session 3: Evaluating and Communicating with Microsoft Project (2 hrs)

  • Setting baselines
  • Updating strategies and best practices
  • Updating Percent Complete
  • Actual Dates and Duration
  • Actual Hours and Costs
  • Working with Project views and tables
  • Filtering and grouping project information
  • Using views and reports to evaluate project status (schedule, cost)
  • Working with Text-based reports
  • Working with visual reports
  • Sharing Project information with other programs (excel, outlook, pictures to other programs)
  • Taking Corrective Action
  • Closing a Project
  • Checklist of Activities
  • Saving a Project as a Template


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