Our Microsoft Project training courses are led by professionals with many years of hands-on experience, meaning that our MS Project course trainers bring the training to life with real-life scenarios and examples.
Microsoft Project is the popular project planning package designed to assist you in creating, maintaining and tracking your plans. Our course offers an in-depth explanation of this extensively used project management package.
In addition to our standard course, we can offer courses that are tailored to match your requirements and created to be based on your specific project plan needs.
We run scheduled courses in Microsoft Project at two levels.
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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 inter-dependencies. 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 also run MS Project courses in London
In addition, we often provide on-site MS Project courses at our clients premises.
Microsoft Project is used extensively for project management. From smaller projects, like house refurbishments, to larger projects (e.g. office moves / large change programs) it is very widely used. It makes it very straight forward to plan resources and understand interdependencies and bottlenecks. The basics of project management and planning.
It’s planning tools also make it very straight forward to control project finances, and to communicate information relating to the project quickly and simply. This is done primarily by Gantt charts. It is also highly configurable making it useful across a very broad range of industries from pharmaceuticals and healthcare to charities and governmental organisations.
It also can be used to create critical path schedules to help project managers understand critical dependencies.
Background & Overview
Microsoft actually purchased the original software behind what is now Microsoft Project in 1985. Since then it has released multiple versions and improvements to Project, in line with Microsoft Office updates. Confusingly while Project is part of the Microsoft Office family it is not included with the Microsoft Office suite and so needs to be purchased separately.
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.
The recent versions of Project are:
The improvements in this updated version were mainly to contained in the new Reports section. A completely new Reports section is now included in the ribbon. This contains a number of graphical reports which can be used to very simply show progress.
Other changed include improved integration with other Microsoft products. For users who also have Lync installed instant messaging, email and calling can be done without leaving project. Similarly, content can be very quickly sync’d with SharePoint or simply cut and pasted into other Microsoft Office suite programs
This updated version included the Ribbon for the first time. This was unusual as the Ribbon was introduced in the Office suite in their 2007 version. At the same time key improvements were the introduction of the Team Planner view. This focused on showing how work and resources interact over time, and so made finding some potential issues far simpler. The Timeline view made project communication faster. It produces an overview of the project’s schedule which allows people to rapidly understand the project at a high level.
There were a number of very useful improvements held within this version of Project. It introduced the ability to analyse the impact of potential changes in a project before committing to them which made analysing the impact of changes far faster. The ability to make a change and have Project highlight where knock on impacts in the project would occur was also included. Other new capabilities included the facility to customise the standard templates within Project for the first time, and the ability to visualise data automatically in Microsoft Excel.
Different Versions Of Microsoft Project
Microsoft Project is available in two versions, standard and professional. The standard version has been designed to cater to the needs of either domestic users or small business users. Conversely, the professional version has been designed with large corporate users in mind.
The differences are principally in the additional functionality that the professional version can offer. For example, it offers ‘At A Glance Resource Management’ which allows users to visually amend resource schedules and mixes by dragging and dropping resources. It also offers enhanced team collaboration and results assessment tools. These are far more likely to be relevant to the larger teams of users that would typically be working on a project for a larger corporate user. As you would expect the professional version of the software is more expensive. The Professional version is also able to connect to an installation of Microsoft Project Server. This is a far more advanced project management tool designed for managing and controlling very large projects.
A 60-day trial version of Microsoft Project is available for free. This can be downloaded from the Microsoft website.
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