MPP® - Microsoft Project Planner - MS Project 2013

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  • Course Agenda and deliverables

PART 1 - Introduction to Microsoft Project

A guided tour of Project

  • The Project interface: Finding your way around
  • The Backstage view: Managing files and setting options
  • The ribbon and tabs: Finding the features you want
  • Views: Working with schedule details the way you want
  • Reports: Seeing project status in new ways
  • Key points
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PART 2 - Simple Scheduling Basics

Starting a new plan

  • Starting a new plan, and setting its start date
  • Setting nonworking days in the project calendar
  • Entering the plan’s title and other properties
  • Key points

Building a task list

  • Entering task names
  • Entering task durations
  • Entering a milestone task
  • Creating summary tasks to outline the plan
  • Creating task dependencies with links
  • Switching task scheduling from manual to automatic
  • Checking the plan’s duration and finish date
  • Documenting tasks with notes and hyperlinks
  • Key points

Setting up resources

  • Entering work resource names
  • Entering resources’ maximum capacity
  • Entering resource pay rates
  • Adjusting working time in a resource calendar
  • Setting up cost resources
  • Documenting resources with notes
  • Key points
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Assigning resources to tasks

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

Formatting and sharing your plan

  • Customizing a Gantt Chart view
  • Customizing a Timeline view
  • Customizing reports
  • Copying views and reports
  • Printing views and reports
  • Key points

Tracking progress

  • Saving a baseline of your plan
  • Tracking a plan as scheduled through a specific date
  • Entering a task’s completion percentage
  • Entering actual values for tasks
  • Key points

PART 3 - Advanced Scheduling Techniques


Advanced task scheduling

  • See task relationships with Task Path
  • Adjusting task link relationships
  • Setting task constraints
  • Interrupting work on a task
  • Adjusting working time for individual tasks
  • Control task scheduling with task types
  • Key points

Fine-tuning task details

  • Entering deadline dates
  • Entering fixed costs
  • Setting up a recurring task
  • Viewing the project’s critical path
  • Scheduling 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 a resource
  • Setting up resource pay rates to apply at different times
  • Setting up material resources
  • Delaying the start of assignments
  • Applying contours to assignments
  • Applying different pay rates to assignments
  • Assigning material resources to tasks
  • Viewing resource capacity
  • Adjusting assignments in the Team Planner view
  • Key points

Fine-tuning the Project plan 

  • Examining resource allocations over time
  • Resolving resource over allocations manually
  • Leveling over allocated resources
  • Checking the plan’s cost and finish date
  • Inactivating tasks
  • Key points

Organizing project details 

  • Sorting Project details
  • Grouping Project details
  • Filtering Project details
  • Creating new tables
  • Creating new views
  • Key points

Tracking progress on tasks and assignments

  • Updating a baseline
  • Tracking actual and remaining values for tasks and assignments
  • Tracking time phased actual work for tasks and assignments
  • Rescheduling incomplete work
  • Key points

Viewing and reporting project status

  • Identifying tasks that have slipped
  • Examining task costs
  • Examining 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
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PART 4 - In-Depth and Special Subjects


Applying advanced formatting and printing

  • Formatting a Gantt chart view
  • Formatting a Timeline view
  • Formatting a Network Diagram view
  • Formatting a Calendar view
  • Printing and exporting views
  • Key points

Advanced report formatting

  • Formatting tables in a report
  • Formatting charts in a report
  • Creating a custom report
  • Key points

Customizing Project

  • Sharing custom elements between plans
  • Recording macros
  • Editing macros
  • Customizing the ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar
  • Key points

Sharing information with other programs

  • Copying Project data to other programs
  • Opening other file formats in Project
  • Saving to other file formats from Project
  • Generating visual reports with Excel and Visio
  • Key points

Consolidating projects and resources

  • Creating a resource pool
  • Viewing assignment details in a resource pool
  • Updating assignments in a sharer plan
  • Updating a resource’s information in a resource pool
  • Updating all plans’ working times in a resource pool
  • Linking new plans to a resource pool
  • Changing sharer plan assignments and updating a resource pool
  • Consolidating plans
  • Creating dependencies between plans
  • Key points

PART 5 - Live Project case study

  • Case study
  • Explaining the practice files and way forward
  • Certification exam tips
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PART 6 - Mock Exams and Certification

  • 3 mock exams
  • Certification exam and registration details