This Microsoft Project training course is designed specifically for beginners.
It will teach you the basics of using Microsoft Project to plan and manage project schedules.
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This Project course will build on your existing skills and show you how to use Project’s advanced tools.
It will allow you to make full use of all of Project’s project planning and management tools.
Learn to confidently:
Our courses were designed to improve your Microsoft Project knowledge as quickly as possible. Given how widely Project is used for project management, being a fast, comfortable user of Project is a key skill for any project manager or program manager.
Our courses are deliberately very hands-on. We believe that practical skills are best developed and retained through guided practice. This helps to reinforce key learning points. It also ensures that you leave able to put your knowledge into practice as soon as you return to your office. The exercises that we use are specifically chosen to reinforce key learning points.
Microsoft Project is very flexible and configurable project management software. To the uninitiated this can make it a little intimidating. It’s “work breakdown structure” (WBS) requires project managers to split the project into a whole series of tasks, with costs attached to each, and interdependencies. The key modules that it contains are work, teams, schedules and finances. However, in working through multiple exercises we ensure that our delegates get comfortable navigating the various menus.
Our main training centre is in Guildford. We run a full schedule of Project training there. It is in the Surrey Technology Centre, very close to the Royal Surrey Hospital.
We also run MS Project courses at our centres in London and Manchester. Our London centre is very close to Bank and Monument tube stations, and a short walk from Liverpool St and Cannon Street overland stations. Our Manchester centre is in the centre of Manchester and only a short walk from both Oxford Road and Piccadilly stations.
We are also able to provide on-site MS Project courses at our clients premises or in our centres.
Microsoft Project is used extensively for project management from small projects, like house refurbishments, to larger projects (e.g. office moves / large change programs). It makes project management very straight-forward, allowing you to plan resources and understand interdependencies and bottlenecks.
It also contains tools for financial monitoring and control, and project communication and reporting, like critical path schedules to allow you to understand the key dependencies in your project. It is highly configurable making it useful across a very broad range of industries.
Its breadth and flexibility mean that for the vast majority of projects no other software is required.
Microsoft Project is not part of the Microsoft Office suite, Office 365 or Office for Mac. It needs to be purchased separately. However, as it is a Microsoft product is doing interface very smoothly with other products in the Office suite and is updated in line with Mcirosoft Office updates.
A wide variety of different versions of Project are currently in use. The differences between the recent versions are:
This version of Project introduced a much-improved approvals/rejections system for capacity requests, making the management and documentation of approvals far simpler.
It also introduced heat maps which make finding resource over/under allocations far simpler to spot. These are shown using a traffic light system with the thresholds being user-defined.
This version of Project contained a completely new Reports section which was included in the ribbon. This contained a number of new graphical reports which can be used to very simply monitor progress, for example, Timeline.
The other key change was improved integration with other Microsoft products. This allowed content to be very quickly sync’d with SharePoint or simply cut and pasted into other Microsoft Office suite programs (usually PowerPoint or Excel).
The ribbon was introduced in Project 2010, one iteration behind the rest of the Office suite which moved to a ribbon interface in their 2007 version.
This version also saw the introduction of the Team Planner view. This focused on showing how work and resources interact over time. It made spotting some potential issues far simpler.
Other smaller changes were the ability to customer standard templates, to visualise data in Microsoft Excel and to look at the potential impact of changes to your project without having to commit them to your plan.
This version of Project represented a substantial step forward over Project 2003 seeing the implementation of a number of very useful features..
For the first time it allowed for multiple level undo allowing you to undo and redo changes to views, data, and options.
It also implemented the Change Highlights feature. This allows Project to automatically highlight all items that a change would cause, making the impact of changes very simple to manage.
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