Module 8: Making Work Package Estimates
This module explains how Microsoft Project calculates task duration, task work (effort) and task resources. Students will be able to choose among three task types as they enter task estimates and they will know which task type is appropriate for the type of estimate they are making.
- Enter estimates for duration and costs for each task.
- Distinguish between task types and describe when each is appropriate.
- Describe the relationship between work, units, and duration.
- Describe the way Effort Driven scheduling is affected by work, units, and duration.
- Assign tasks to resources using the Team Planner view.
Module 9: Creating an Initial Schedule
This module explains how Project calculates a schedule based on task relationships and task duration. Students will understand the purpose of identifying critical path tasks and will be able to identify schedule float within the project.
- Calculate the Schedule: The Theory Behind the Software.
- Critical Path.
- Schedule Float.
- Task Relationships and Crashing a Schedule.
- Task Inspector.
Module 10: Create a Resource Leveled Schedule
This module explains how over-allocated resources create unrealistic schedules and shows methods for rescheduling in order to create a realistic schedule based on resource availability.
- Project Statistics.
- Resource Graph and Resource Sheet.
- Resource Usage View.
- Resource Allocation.
- Task Usage View.
- Realistic Resource Planning.
- Resource Leveling.
- Leveling Settings.
- Leveling Settings Defined – Leveling Calculations.
- Leveling Settings Defined – Resolving Over-allocations.
- The Leveling Gantt Demonstrates Results of Leveling.
- Manual Leveling.
Module 11: Managing the Project
This module explains how to use Project to control a project. Students will save their plan to a baseline and see how entering actual task performance data enables them to view differences between planned and actual performance. This module has 3 lab exercises to complete.
- Tracking Field Definitions.
- Creating the Project Baseline.
- Displaying the Baseline on a Gantt Chart.
- The Tracking Gantt.
- Recording Progress Using % Complete.
- Updating Task and Resource Status.
- Recording Progress Using Actual Work.
- Percent Complete.
- Evaluating and Displaying Variance.
- Scheduling interruptions.
- Splitting tasks.
- Rescheduling Work.
Module 12: Formatting Output and Printing Reports
This module explains how to format the many views and reports available in Project.
- Formatting the Timeline
- Using the Gantt Wizard
- Visual Reports
- Standard Reports
- Custom Reports
- Editing a Custom Report
- Grouping, sorting, and filtering
- Copy Picture to Office Wizard
- More Formatting for the Gantt Chart
- Reporting Against Budget
- Creating a Budget
Module 13: Managing Multiple Projects
This module explains how to view many projects as parts of one very large project in order to gain new views on resource availability and task relationships among projects.
- Integrating Multiple Projects
- Consolidating Project Files
- Resource Pools
Module 14: Advanced Topics
This module explains how to leverage some of the advanced features of Project.
- Customizing WBS Prefix
- Applying Grouping and Grouping customized Fields
- Applying Filtering functions
- Leveraging Global Templates
- Identify resource delay within a Task
- Applying Deadlines to a project