Microsoft Office Project 2007, Managing Projects

Level 1

Course ID: HLT 5927

Course Length: 3 days

Course Description:
This three-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to build, maintain, and control 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.

Target Student:
This course is intended for both novice and experienced project managers and schedulers. These individuals are involved in or responsible for scheduling, estimating, coordinating, controlling, budgeting, and staffing of projects and supporting other users of Microsoft Office Project. A familiarity with key project management concepts and terminology is recommended as well as basic Windows navigation skills.

Prerequisites:
This course requires that students meet the following prerequisites:

  • 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

Delivery Method:
Instructor led, group-paced, classroom-delivery learning model with structured hands-on activities.

Performance-Based Objectives :
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Get started with Microsoft Office Project 2007.
  • Create and define projects.
  • Work with estimates and dependencies.
  • Work with deadlines, constraints, and task calendars.
  • Work with resources.
  • Predict behavior by using task types and the scheduling formula.
  • Customize and format Microsoft Project views.
  • Analyze resource utilization.
  • Track progress.
  • Create project reports that analyze project, resource, and task data.
  • Manage multiple projects.

Course Content

Lesson 1: Getting Started with Microsoft Office Project 2007
Topic 1A: Understanding the Nature of Projects
Topic 1B: Discovering Project 2007
Topic 1C: Understanding Project 2007 File Types
Topic 1D: Navigating the Project 2007 Interface
Topic 1E: Getting Help and Guidance
Topic 1F: Configuring Options

Lesson 2: Creating and Defining Projects
Topic 2A: Creating and Saving Projects
Topic 2B: Defining Properties and Options
Topic 2C: Creating and Organizing the Task List
Topic 2D: Importing Data
Topic 2E: Modifying and Applying Calendars
Topic 2F: Setting Scheduling Options

Lesson 3: Working with Estimates and Dependencies
Topic 3A: Entering Task Estimates
Topic 3B: Using A PERT Analysis to Estimate Task Duration
Topic 3C: Linking and Unlinking Tasks by Using the Gantt Chart View
Topic 3D: Linking and Unlinking Tasks by Using the Network Diagram View
Topic 3E: Adding Lag or Lead Time to a Linked Task

Lesson 4: Working with Deadlines, Constraints, and Task Calendars
Topic 4A: Creating and Modifying Deadlines
Topic 4B: Creating and Modifying Constraints
Topic 4C: Creating and Modifying Task Calendars
Topic 4D: Identifying Critical Tasks
Topic 4E: Working with Task Driver

Lesson 5: Working With Resources
Topic 5A: Introducing Resources, Assignments, and Budgeting
Topic 5B: Adding Resources to the Resource Sheet
Topic 5C: Creating and Modifying Resource Assignments
Topic 5D: Entering Project Budgets

Lesson 6: Predicting Behavior by Using Task Types and the Scheduling Formula
Topic 6A: Using Task Types and the Scheduling Formula
Topic 6B: Changing Variables and Predicting Behavior
Topic 6C: Applying Task Types to Produce Predictable Behavior
Topci 7D: Special Situations with Effort-Driven Scheduling

Lesson 7: Customizing and Formatting
Topic 7A: Formatting Screen Elements
Topic 7B: Creating and Modifying Templates
Topic 7C: Creating and Modifying Fields, Tables, and Formulas
Topic 7D: Creating and Modifying Filters and Groups
Topic 7E: Creating and Modifying Custom Views

Lesson 8: Analyzing Resource Utilization
Topic 8A: Introducing Resource Utilization Concepts
Topic 8B: Viewing Resource Assignments, Allocation, and Utilization
Topic 8C: Managing Resource Availability
Topic 8D: Optimizing and Leveling Resource Assignments

Lesson 9: Tracking Progress
Topic 9A: Working With Baselines
Topic 9B: Entering Duration Updates
Topic 9C: Entering Work Updates
Topic 9D: Entering Cost Updates
Topic 9E: Discovering Variances
Topic 9F: Troubleshooting and Getting Back on Track

Lesson 10: Creating Reports
Topic 10A: Selecting, Editing, and Creating Basic Reports
Topic 10B: Configuring Print and Page Setup Options
Topic 10C: Setting Options to Correct Printing Issues
Topic 10D: Exporting Reporting Data
Topic 10E: Creating and Modifying Visual Reports

Lesson 11: Managing Multiple Projects
Topic 11A: Introducing Management of Multiple Projects
Topic 11B: Creating Master Projects
Topic 11C: Creating Links Between Projects
Topic 11D: Calculating Single or Multiple Critical Paths
Topic 11E: Saving and Opening Multiple Projects
Topic 11F: Sharing Resources and Analyzing Resource Utilization Across Multiple Projects