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This three-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to build, maintain, and control well-formed project plans.


 
Course Outline
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This three-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to build, maintain, and control well-formed project plans. This is the first course in the Microsoft Office Project 2007 Official Curriculum series and serves as the entry point for other Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC) courses covering Microsoft Office Project 2007 and the Microsoft Enterprise Project Management (EPM) 2007 Solution.

Course Outline

Module 1: Getting Started with Microsoft Office Project 2007


This module provides an overview of Microsoft Office Project 2007 and project management concepts. It explains how to use the desktop interface and how to work with various file types. It also illustrates how to receive help and advice while working with Office Project 2007.

Lessons
  • Understanding the Nature of Projects
  • Discovering Project 2007
  • Understanding Project 2007 File Types
  • Navigating the Project 2007 Interface
  • Getting Help and Guidance
  • Configuring Options
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the nature of projects.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with Office Project 2007.
  • Identify the different Office Project 2007 file types.
  • Navigate the Office Project 2007 interface.
  • Get help and guidance from within Office Project 2007.
  • Understand configuration options.
Module 2: Creating and Defining Projects

This module explains how to create new projects, how to define appropriate options, and how to enter, organize, and outline the task list. It also explores ways to import data from other sources and provides guidance on configuring the corporate calendar.

Lessons
  • Creating and Saving Projects
  • Defining Properties and Options
  • Creating and Organizing the Task List
  • Importing Data
  • Modifying and Applying Calendars
  • Setting Scheduling Options
Lab : Creating and Defining Projects
  • Entering Project and File Properties
  • Setting Appropriate Schedule Options
  • Setting Corporate Holidays
  • Importing Data from Office Excel
  • Update a Task List
  • Creating a Multilevel Outline
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Create and save projects.
  • Define file properties and options.
  • Create and organize the task list.
  • Import data.
  • Modify and apply calendars.
  • Set schedule options.
Module 3: Working with Estimates and Dependencies

This module explains how to estimate tasks and how to generate a dynamic schedule by creating dependencies between tasks. Various linking and unlinking techniques will be explored in multiple views and link types will be modified to reflect real-world scenarios.

Lessons
  • Entering Task Estimates
  • Using A PERT Analysis to Estimate Task Duration
  • Linking and Unlinking Tasks by Using the Gantt Chart View
  • Linking and Unlinking Tasks by Using the Network Diagram View
  • Adding Lag or Lead Time to a Linked Task
Lab : Working with Estimates and Dependencies
  • Entering a Duration or Work Estimate
  • Creating Links Between Tasks
  • Adding Lag or Lead Times
  • Displaying Links in Network Diagram View
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Enter task estimates.
  • Use a PERT (Program Evaluation and Review Technique) analysis to estimate task durations.
  • Link and unlink tasks by using the Gantt Chart view.
  • Link and unlink tasks by using the Network Diagram view.
  • Add Lag or Lead-time to a linked task.
Module 4: Working with Deadlines, Constraints, and Task Calendars

This module explains how to incorporate restrictions in a schedule by using of deadlines and constraints. Displaying, reading, and analyzing the critical path will be discussed, along with how to use task drivers in the analysis. Task calendars will be presented as a technique to get a schedule back in line with a deadline or constraint.

Lessons
  • Introducing Deadlines, Constraints, and Task Calendars
  • Creating and Modifying Deadlines
  • Creating and Modifying Constraints
  • Creating and Modifying Task Calendars
  • Identifying Critical Tasks
  • Working with Task Driver
Lab : Working with Deadlines, Constraints, and Task Calendars
  • Displaying the Critical Path
  • Setting a Deadline
  • Setting a Constraint
  • Responding to Situations Triggered by Deadlines and Constraints
  • Creating and Apply a Task Calendar to Meet a Deadline
  • Finding and Removing Constraints in a Schedule
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Introduce deadlines, constraints, and task calendars.
  • Create and modify deadlines.
  • Create and modify constraints.
  • Create and modify task calendars.
  • Identify critical tasks.
  • Work with Task Drivers.
Module 5: Working With Resources

This module explains the various types of resources that are needed on a schedule, how to enter the resource list, and how to assign resources to tasks. Changes to the project team will be implemented by modifying resource assignments. Various types of costs will also be covered including resource costs, task costs, and project budgets.

Lessons
  • Introducing Resources, Assignments, and Budgeting
  • Adding Resources to the Resource Sheet
  • Creating and Modifying Resource Assignments
  • Entering Project Budgets
Lab : Working with Resources
  • Adding Resources to the Resource Sheet View
  • Creating and Modifying Resource Assignments
  • Entering Project Costs and Project Budgets
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe resources, assignments, and budgeting.
  • Add resources to the Resource Sheet view.
  • Create and modify resource assignments.
  • Understand the fundamentals of project budgets.
Module 6: Predicting Behavior by Using Task Types and the Scheduling Formula

This module explains the scheduling formula and the interaction between the variables duration, work, and units. It also illustrates how recalculations occur when variables are changed. This module explains recommended procedures on changing task types and changing variables for various situations.

Lessons
  • Using Task Types and the Scheduling Formula
  • Changing Variables and Predicting Behavior
  • Applying Task Types to Produce Predictable Behavior
  • Special Situations with Effort-Driven Scheduling
Lab : Understanding Task Types and the Scheduling Formula
  • Identifying the Fixed Variable in a Task and How It Affects the Scheduling Formula
  • Making Decisions about Task Type and Effort-Driven Settings
  • Predicting the Scheduling Formula When Changing Variables
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Use Task Types and the scheduling formula for effective calculations.
  • Change variables and predict behavior.
  • Apply task types to produce predictable behavior.
  • Describe special situations within effort-driven scheduling.
Module 7: Customizing and Formatting

This module explains how to format text, bars, and other screen elements. Custom objects will be created including templates, calendars, fields, tables, filters, groups, and views. This module also illustrates use of the Organizer to transfer custom objects to other files.

Lessons
  • Formatting Screen Elements
  • Creating and Modifying Templates
  • Creating and Modifying Fields, Tables, and Formulas
  • Creating and Modifying Filters and Groups
  • Creating and Modifying Custom Views
Lab : Customizing and Formatting
  • Modifying a Template to Include Corporate Standards
  • Creating Simple and Complex Custom Fields
  • Populating a New Table with Existing and Custom Fields
  • Developing a New Filter And Group
  • Moving an Object from a Project to the Global.mpp File
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Format screen elements.
  • Create and modify templates.
  • Create and modify templates.
  • Create and modify filters and groups.
  • Create and modify custom views.
Module 8: Analyzing Resource Utilization

This module explains techniques for manipulating views to display resource allocation and how to identify causes of resource overallocation. Various options for managing limited resources will be explored. In addition, several techniques for solving overallocated resources will be explained, including the leveling feature.

Lessons
  • Introducing Resource Utilization Concepts
  • Viewing Resource Assignments, Allocation, and Utilization
  • Managing Resource Availability
  • Optimizing and Leveling Resource Assignments
Lab : Analyzing Resource Utilization
  • Reading and Interpreting Resource Allocation Views
  • Changing Resource Availability and Interpreting Results
  • Identifying and Correcting Causes of Resource Overallocation
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe resource utilization concepts.
  • View resource assignments, allocation, and utilization.
  • Manage resource availability.
  • Optimize and level resource assignments.
Module 9: Tracking Progress

This module explains how to manage updates to a schedule by saving baselines and tracking duration, work, and cost updates. Comparison between expected and actual results will be illustrated with various views that display variance. In addition, this module provides guidelines on how to troubleshoot a schedule and how to get a troubled schedule back on track.

Lessons
  • Working With Baselines
  • Entering Duration Updates
  • Entering Work Updates
  • Entering Cost Updates
  • Discovering Variances
  • Troubleshooting and Getting Back on Track
Lab : Tracking Progress
  • Setting and Revising a Baseline
  • Entering Actual Results Updates for Tasks and Resources
  • Controlling Projects by Finding Variance and Suggesting Corrective Action
  • Applying Techniques to Shorten Duration, Reduce Work, and Reduce Cost
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Work with baselines.
  • Enter duration updates.
  • Enter work updates.
  • Enter cost updates.
  • Discover variances.
  • Trouble shoot schedules and get back on track.
Module 10: Creating Reports

This module explains how to configure views for printing and how to generate standard and visual reports. Customizations to printouts and modifications to existing reports will also be covered. This module will explain how to export data and explore techniques for solving printing issues.

Lessons
  • Selecting, Editing, and Creating Basic Reports
  • Configuring Print and Page Setup Options
  • Setting Options to Correct Printing Issues
  • Exporting Reporting Data
  • Creating and Modifying Visual Reports
Lab : Creating Reports
  • Applying Solutions to Various Printing Scenarios
  • Running Basic Reports That Summarize Data by Project, by Resource, by Task, or by Cost
  • Developing a New Basic Report
  • Exporting Data by Using a Custom Map to Merge with Data in an Existing Excel Spreadsheet
  • Running Visual Reports That Summarize Data by Project, by Resource, by Task, or by Cost
  • Developing a New Visual Report Template
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Select, edit, and create standard reports.
  • Configure print and page setup options.
  • Set options to correct printing issues.
  • Export project data.
  • Create and modify visual reports.
Module 11: Managing Multiple Projects

This module explains how to create and manage multiple projects. It will cover links and the critical path across multiple projects. It also discusses how to create and use a shared resource pool and how to view resource allocation across multiple projects.

Lessons
  • Introducing Management of Multiple Projects
  • Creating Master Projects
  • Creating Links Between Projects
  • Calculating Single or Multiple Critical Paths
  • Saving and Opening Multiple Projects
  • Sharing Resources and Analyzing Resource Utilization Across Multiple Projects
Lab : Managing Multiple Projects
  • Inserting Subprojects into a Master Project
  • Creating Links Across Projects and Managing Changes to Linked Tasks
  • Displaying the Critical Path in a Master Project
  • Creating and Sharing a Resource Pool
  • Reading and Interpreting Resource Usage Across Multiple Projects
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Introduce management of multiple projects.
  • Create master projects.
  • Create links between projects.
  • Calculate single or multiple critical paths.
  • Save and open multiple projects.
  • Share resources and analyze resource utilization across multiple projects.

Prerequisites & Certificates
Pre-Requisites

- Experience using Microsoft Office Project to create project schedules - Fundamental knowledge of project management - Experience with the Windows XP or Windows Vista operating system - Experience with Microsoft Office Excel 2003

Certificates offered

Certificate of Completion


Cancellation Policy
Cancellations or postponements received more than ten business days prior to the first day of the course, will be subject to a 15% administration fee, and course ware fees where applicable. The cost of the course is payable, in full, for any cancellations or postponements received within ten business days, or less, prior to the first day of the course.

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A quick note to say thanks very much for the information I garnered at the course. The training was very informative and practical; the handout material contains a lot of information that will be helpful in future.
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I found the course to be useful and easy to follow. Would use their service again.
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I really enjoyed this training session, I found it incredible helpful for our needs of customizing our CRM. The instructor was good
Reviewed by 2013
By choice, and as I didn't want to disturb the man next to me, I didn't ask to many questions of the instructor. I realize that taking the same course at the same time would have been ideal, but I understand why we were put in the same space. I had a few computer glitches which shuffled the course material around a bit which I eventually found a work around for. A lot of material for one day and I did find myself paying attention to the clock to make sure I finished at a reasonable time.
Reviewed by 2012
very well organized and flexible. Helped me with my specific needs. Steve was very helpful.
Reviewed by 2012
I thought that the course content was excellent, it covered a wide variety of new features in 2010 at a sufficeint level of detail. The video instructor was also very diliegent about highlighting the various ribbon features and showing alternate methods of completing a task. This teaching method may not be for everyone, but I enjoyed the ability to learn at my own pace, without being slowed down by questions that were not relevant to me. It would be nice to have better control over the video streaming in order to skip over/ahead on topics that are familiar to the user.
Reviewed by 2012
the instructor was very knowledgeable, and most importantly patient.
Reviewed by 2012
Found that the advance training was where my level was at already on most items (wishing there was a super advanced training). Found the ‘instructor’ not to be conversant on the program I was being trained on (probably the same level as I was) which was frustrating. He did ask other personnel which did have more knowledge but did not give me a clear answer (said it was part of the limits of the program and what I was looking for was very customized, duh this is why I took the advanced) He was willing to go over the ideas of tables and relationships with me which was not covered in the course, which I was thankful for. The course did delivered though what it had said it would and it was good to get reinforcement on what I had learned on my own, that I was on the right track.
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The course was really useful for me.
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over all it is a good experience and I learnt something out of it.
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Course content was not as comprehensive as I'd hoped. Would have liked more indepth lessons about macros.
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It would be great to separate two different session for the topic. It was usufull and meantime it was too much information.
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Hi, There was one problem with the flow. I'm not completely sure as to how best to describe it but basically, it didn't flow from one module to the next. Specifically, if I was in a particular module (say the introduction or first sub-module) and it completed, I was not automatically taken to the next sub-module within the overall module (a module being a section of the course). Feel free to give me a call to discuss at 416-686-3141.
Reviewed by 2012
The first hour of the course was difficult due to the noisy environment. There were 3 separate software platforms being mentored by 2 instructors simultaneously. As each required unique start up instructions, it was very difficult to concentrate on the video teaching for my session in spite of the headphones as there was a significant amount of background noise. I suggest that future sessions that are mentored rather than led be done as dedicated sessions (i.e. only 1 software platform being taught at a time) to minimize the impact of this situation. Additionally, the 2 instructors had side conversations that had nothing to do with teaching the sessions and needed to be asked not to do this as I found it was hindering my ability to listen to the video lesson. Unwilling to crank the volume on the headset, I could hear them clearly over the top of the lesson I was listening to.
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Everyone was extremely laid back, kind and courteous. I felt very comfortable and no matter who you were in contact with, all employees were approachable.
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While the instructor had a basic understanding of Project 2010, he did not have "advanced" knowledge which was the level of the course. He had not really used the software in "real life" so didn't have any context. Whenever I had questions, he looked for answers from microsoft.com (I could have done the same). I was hoping the instructor would provided added knowledge to what I was learning from the videos.
Reviewed by 2012
Fantastic and very relevant. The instructor was very pleasant and helpful.
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Too many mistakes made in the videos, this made it confusing about what to follow and what to avoid. Seminar presenter got off-topic too much which made me pressed for time.
Reviewed by 2011
There really is not enough time in one day to do all the exersizes in the training manual, watch all the videos, take the quizzes, and discuss specifc issues with the instructor. I would suggest improving the video intruction to actual take you through some of the exersizes rather than leaving you to do it on your own, because you really only learn by doing.
Reviewed by 2011
Thought the directions in the book exercises exercises could be written a little clearer.
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My second course with TekSource and it's always an enjoyable experience. It's a nice clean office environment close to the subway. And the staff is excellent and helpful.
Reviewed by 2011
Not instructor led hence one star rating
Reviewed by 2011
The only somewhat critical comment I have is that it can be difficult to concentrate when the mentor is explaining to another student. In a small classroom setting, I guess that is just a reality of mentor-assisted training.
Reviewed by 2011
Steve Meggenson understand French. He helped me a lot with my documents from work. Now I know how to use Access for my work. I should take this course 5 years ago! But, it's not too late! I want to take the monitored or coach course with Steve again because he can read and understand french!
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I wish that there had been more examples and more exercises for pivot tables and vlook up. They are very valuable tools.
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Very positive experience.
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