Microsoft Project 2013 Training for Project Managers

Group Training | 2 Days
Get the essential skills needed to effectively use the powerful functionality of the Microsoft Project scheduling engine every day by attending our Microsoft Project 2013 Training for Project Managers. You’ll learn how to build and manage project schedules in an interactive environment, quickly mastering the best practices that will optimize your use of Microsoft Project 2013. Coursework will begin with an overview of the Project interface, then we’ll dive into the steps required to build and execute a successful project schedule: project definition, task, resource and assignment planning, schedule planning, and more.

Since this is the 2 day version of our Microsoft Project 2013 Training additional time will be spent covering advanced techniques, such as fine-tuning task scheduling and fine-tuning resource and assignment data. Both of which will provide more control over scheduling and assignments, the latter of which will look at manually contouring assignments and the use of material resources. Also covered will be fine-tuning the project plan to examine and resolve resource allocations and reviewing the plan’s cost and finish date. Finally, detailed techniques for tracking progress will be reviewed as well; including updating baselines, the tracking of actual and remaining work, and tracking timephased actual work for assignments.

This course is specifically designed to instruct you on the use of the technology, as well as best-practice schedule development.

After attending this Microsoft Project 2013 Training course, you’ll understand the processes of project scheduling and control, resource and task planning, project execution and be able to implement those processes in Microsoft Project 2013. The course includes both lecture and hands-on exercises.

Target Audience
project managers, schedulers and other individuals that need to create, maintain, and track project schedules in Microsoft Project.

Familiarity with Microsoft Office programs and basic project management principles helpful.

Provided with the Course
Training manual, quick reference guide, access to download and install Microsoft Project Professional for duration of class.

Project Management Institute
Integent LLC is a Global Registered education provider with the Project Management Institute, and this course provides 8 PDUs.

What You’ll Learn

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Meet the Project Application

  • Meet the Project family
  • See the new features in Project 2013
  • You as a project manager

Take a guided tour of Project

  • The Project interface: Finding your way around
  • The backstage view: Managing files and settings options
  • The ribbon and tabs: Finding the features you want
  • Reports: Seeing project status in new ways
  • Key points

Start a new plan

  • Starting a new plan
  • Setting nonworking days in the project calendar
  • Enter the plan title and other properties
  • Key points

Build a task list

  • Entering Task Names
  • Enter task durations
  • Enter milestone tasks
  • Create summary tasks to outline the plan
  • Create task dependencies with links
  • Switch task scheduling from manual to automatic
  • Check a plan’s duration and finish date
  • Document task information with notes and hyperlinks
  • Key points

Set up resources

  • Enter work resource names
  • Enter resources maximum capacity
  • Enter resource pay rates
  • Adjust working time in a resource calendar
  • Set up cost resources
  • Document resources by using notes
  • Key points

Assign resources to tasks

  • Assign work resources to tasks
  • Controlling work when adding or removing resource assignments
  • Assigning cost resources to tasks
  • Check the plan duration, cost and work
  • Key points

Format and share your plan

  • Customize a Gantt Chart view
  • Customize a timeline view
  • Customize reports
  • Copy views and reports
  • Print views and reports
  • Key points

Track Progress: Basic techniques

  • Save a baseline of your plan
  • Track a plan as scheduled through a specific date
  • Enter a task’s completion percentage
  • Enter actual values for tasks
  • Key points

Advanced task scheduling

  • See task relationships by using Task Path
  • Adjust task link relationships
  • Setting Task constraints
  • Interrupt work on a task
  • Adjust working time for individual tasks
  • Control task scheduling by using task types
  • Key points

Fine-Tuning Task Details

  • Entering deadline dates
  • Entering fixed costs
  • Setting up a recurring task
  • Viewing the projects critical path
  • Schedule summary tasks manually
  • Key points

Fine-tuning resource and assignment details

  • Setting up resource availability to apply at different times
  • Entering multiple pay rates for resources
  • Setting up resource pay rates to apply at different times
  • Delay the start of assignments
  • Apply contours to assignments
  • Applying different pay rates to assignments
  • Assigning material resources to tasks
  • View resource capacity
  • Adjust assignments in the Team Planner view
  • Key point

Fine-tune the Project plan

  • Examine resource allocations over time
  • Resolve resource overallocations manually
  • Level overallocated resources
  • Check the plan’s cost and finish date
  • Inactivate tasks (Project Professional only)
  • Key points

Organize plan details

  • Sort plan details
  • Group plan details
  • Filter plan details
  • Create new tables
  • Create new views
  • Key Points

Track progress on Tasks and Assignments

  • Update a baseline
  • Track actual and remaining values for tasks and assignments
  • Track timephased actual work for tasks and assignments
  • Reschedule incomplete work
  • Key points

View and report project status

  • Identify tasks that have slipped
  • Examine task costs
  • Examine resource costs
  • Reporting project cost variance with a stoplight view
  • Key Points

Getting your project back on track

  • Troubleshooting time and schedule problems
  • Troubleshooting cost and resource problems
  • Troubleshooting scope-of-work problems
  • Key Points