Professional MS Project courses . You are taught by certified experts.
Small classes. You’ll have lots of time to ask questions.
Hands-on practice. You’ll leave a faster, more confident Project user.
Multi award-winning. You can be sure things will go smoothly.
Convenient. Our centres are modern and easily accessible.
Speed up your day-to-day MS Project workflow and reporting and free up your time.
We understand that you are busy. The Acuity Advantage ensures that you maximise your learning and minimise wasted time and distractions – see below for more details.
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THE ACUITY ADVANTAGE
We are different to other training companies.
Don’t take our word for it. We’ve won a Feefo Gold award fours years in a row and we get new testimonials from delighted delegates every week.
1. SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED
You’re a name not a number to us. We’re small enough to be personal, but large enough to ensure the highest quality at every step. We like to think we’re the perfect size.
We want you to feel inspired and relaxed, as we know that the more you enjoy learning the better you’ll perform back at work.
2. TIME AND SPACE TO LEARN
We don’t cut corners. You’ll never have more than 8 people on your course. This gives you plenty of time with your instructor.
You won’t be packed into a dusty back room, like a sardine. Our classrooms are spacious, comfortable and well equipped.
You learn best when things aren’t hurried. You’ll start your day at 9.30am, not 10am, so that your class can move at a relaxed pace.
3. WE SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF
We care about the details. Your time is valuable and we are careful not to waste it.
We take our time to ensure that everything is properly and professionally organised before you arrive. We don’t leave things to the last minute.
Your day will be really productive and fun without any of the hassle and wasted time that you might find at other companies.
4. REAL SKILLS NOT CLASSROOM KNOWLEDGE
You are focused on being a fast, confident Project user in your day to day work.
We know this. This is why our courses include so much time for you to practice what you are being taught.
Real world skills are developed by guided practce and hands-on experience, not by listening to someone.
DON’T TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT THOUGH
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Our modern, air-conditioned training centres in London and Guildford are very easy to get to wherever you are travelling from.
Our London training centre is in the heart of the City. It is a short walk from Bank and Cannon Street tube stations, and London Bridge and Liverpool St stations.
Our Guildford training centre is easily accessible from Guildford station. If you are driving, we have plenty of free parking.
We also offer onsite training across the UK. This means that we come to your offices on days that suit you and train a course that is specific to your exact needs.
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Uses Of Microsoft Project
Microsoft Project is used extensively for project management, from smaller projects, like house refurbishments, through to very large projects (e.g. office moves / large change programs).
It is extremely flexible and highly configurable. It is used across all industries from pharmaceuticals and healthcare to charities and governmental organisations.
It makes it very straightforward to plan and visualise resources, and to understand interdependencies and bottlenecks. The basics of project management and planning.
It’s planning tools also make it simple to control project finances, and to communicate information relating to the project quickly and simply. This is done primarily by Gantt charts.
Finally, it can be used to create critical path schedules to help project managers understand critical dependencies.
Background & Overview
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. It 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 and interdependencies attached to each. It’s key modules 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 changes 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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