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Project Management Essentials and Using Microsoft Project



This course goes beyond the traditional boundaries of MS Project training by providing the background Project Management Process knowledge that Project Managers need to develop effective project schedules using MS Project.

Two Day Course Price: €1,600 per person

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All employees of organisations who engage in projects and who would benefit from having a detailed understanding of how projects are best planned, executed, monitored and controlled to ensure a successful outcome.


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The objective of this course is to provide participants with a better understanding of project management methodology which ensures more meaningful Microsoft Project plans

Course Outline
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The Execution Gap
What does good execution look like?
What are the barriers?
How can PM approaches help?

Project Management Introduction
Project Management Principles
Project Life Cycle & Project Phases
Project Management Process Groups
PMBOK Methodology Overview

Project Management Planning (PMP)
What should a PMP contain?
Work Breakdown Structures
Characteristics of Good Project Management
Time Management & Schedule Development
Gantt Chart

Monitoring & Controlling Projects
How to Manage Changes to Scope
RACI (Including exercise)
Critical Path Method
How to construct a Network Diagram
How to Control a Schedule
Performance Criteria

Project Reporting & Control
Effective Progress Meetings
Effective team structures; assigning responsibilities
Communication Planning Risk & Issue
Management Process
Status Reports
What is Earned Value?
Project Close-Out

Summary and Review of Day 1

MS Project as an execution tool

Creating a Project
Steps for Starting a Project
Project Information & Calendar
Tasks & Milestones
Structure – Summary and Sub Tasks
Task Relationships / Dependencies
Lag and Lead Time
Identify the Critical Path / Time Constraints
Project Baseline

Managing the Project
Assigning Resources to Tasks
Task Types – Effort / Non-Effort Driven tasks
Tracking the Project
Using & Modifying Views
Applying & Modifying Tables and Filters

Printing the Current View
Page Layouts
Headers / Footers / Legends

Case Study
Day 1 Gantt Chart applied to MS Project

Pre-Designed Reports in MS Project

Using Multiple Projects

Course Summary and Review

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