Washington University in St. Louis

PMM150: Microsoft Project: Planning, Tracking and Reporting (10 hrs)

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Course summary:

Looking to improve your project management skills? Microsoft Project is a powerful delivery management software that can help you efficiently plan, track progress, manage budgets, and analyze workloads for projects.

In this ten-hour training session, you'll receive a comprehensive introduction to using Microsoft Project for project management. The course covers setting up the project calendar, resource and task schedule, creating a solid baseline plan, assigning work and material resources, entering budget costs, tracking progress, and using reporting tools.

Additionally, you'll learn important shortcuts and best practices to help you use Microsoft Project tools more productively. By the end of the course, you'll have developed the skills necessary to create and maintain well-planned, well-managed projects from start to finish.

Course outline:

Getting Started

  • Working with the Project Interface
  • Creating a Project from a Template
  • Creating a Blank Project
  • Working with Calendars
  • Entering Tasks
  • Setting Constraints

Working with Tasks

  • Splitting Tasks
  • Linking Tasks
  • Creating Summary and Subtasks
  • Creating Reoccurring Tasks
  • Assigning Task Calendars
  • Working with Task Fixed Costs

Working with Resources

  • Creating Resources
  • Assigning Resource Calendars
  • Grouping Resources
  • Assigning Resources to Tasks
  • Leveling Resources
  • Working with Resource Costs

Working with Project Views

  • Using the Team Planner
  • Task Views
  • Resource Views
  • Working with Timescales

Managing Project Status

  • Creating a Baseline
  • Updating Tasks
  • Updating the Project
  • Working with Project Status Dates
  • Managing Resource Overallocation

Tracking Project Progress

  • Viewing the Critical Path
  • Using Change Highlighting
  • Using the Task Inspector
  • Tracking Tools

Project Reporting

  • Creating Basic Reports
  • Creating Visual Reports
  • Comparing Projects

Working with Multiple Projects

  • Inserting a Subproject
  • Consolidating Projects
  • Creating a Resource Pool

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Learning outcomes:
  • Create a Project file
  • Create and update a project calendar
  • Enter tasks
  • Link tasks and determine task relationships
  • Create work and material resources
  • Assign resources to tasks
  • Work with and change task and resource calendars
  • Work with resource overallocation issues
  • Track project costs
  • Save a baseline plan
  • Update and track project tasks over time
  • View project statistics
  • Create project reports
  • Consolidate Project files
  • Create and use a shared resource pool
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