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Managing Projects with MS Project

Overview

If you know how to practically apply MS Project to your project, it can become your “road map” to successfully controlling, simplifying and speeding up a project!

This 2 day course will show you how to save valuable time by providing you with a step-by-step guide to quickly set up a project in MS Project, automating as many tasks as possible, and managing the project with a range of status reports that assist in keeping the project on time and within budget.

Course Outline

Chapter 1: Project Management Basics

  • The Role of the Project Manager
  • Short overview of Project Management

 Chapter 2: MS Project Basics

  • Explore the MSP Interface
  • Shortcuts, Selections and Moving Date
  • Working with the Project Guide
  • Explore and create views and tables
  • Different Information Dialogue boxes

 Chapter 3: Create a Basic Schedule

 Step 1   Project Settings

 Step 2   Work Breakdown Structure

 Step 3   Entering Durations

 PERT Analysis

Step 4  Task Dependencies

  • Create dependencies
  • Dependency types
  • Add lead and lag time
  • Add constraints and deadlines
  • Using recurring tasks
  • Critical Path Analysis

 Chapter 4: Defining Project Resources and Costs

 Step 5 – Project Resources and Costs

  • The Project Team
  • Resource planning
  • Resource Calendars
  • Assign resources
  • Resolving Over allocations
  • Project Costs

Learning Outcomes

Attending this practical course will ensure delegates are fully equipped with the knowledge to: 

  • Quickly and accurately set up a Project in the MS Project environment, ensuring it is correct and reflects the exact needs and specific scope of your project.
  • Prepare a comprehensive Task Schedule to define essential activities and milestones that will provide time frames for when each activity needs to be completed.
  • Establish your project’s “Critical Path”, allowing you to constantly monitor and re-assign resources to vital tasks which could otherwise delay the entire project.
  • Use customised, graphically illustrated reports drawn from MS Project as vital communication tools to ensure all team members are kept up to date with the progress of the project.
  • Monitor, control and track the progress of the project, stage by stage, by comparing Baseline Estimates with Actual Costs to ensure you keep control of the variances.
  • Make the most of the “shortcuts” MS Project has to offer, saving you valuable time while improving the overall structure and management of your project.
  • Understand the simplest method for undertaking the planning of a project, using the MS Project software.
  • Avoid the common mistakes usually encountered when setting a project up on MS Project.
  • Learn the most time-efficient methods for keeping the software up-to-date as the project progresses.
  • Understand the importance of the tracking process throughout the duration of the project.
  • Create easily accessible, up-to-the minute reports, keeping your team members informed at all times.
  • Learn to prevent the costly effects that unforeseen delays can have by conducting thorough “if-then” scenarios. 

Who should attend?

  • Team Members
  • Administrators
  • Architects / Designer
  • Team Leaders
  •  Engineers
  •  Property Developers
  •  Project Managers
  • Programme Managers
  • Project Executives
  •  Project Sponsors
  • Project Support Office
  • Consultants
Type: Course
CESA Validation Num: CESA-845-03/2019
CPD Points: 2
Coordinator: Blessings Banda
Provider: CBM Training
Presenter: Rodney Frowein
Fee: R 7 006.00 excl. VAT
R 7 986.84 incl. VAT
R500.00 discount incl. VAT for CESA members
Schedules:
  • Westville Conference Centre, Durban
  • Mon 24 July 2017  08:30 to 16:30
  • Tue 25 July 2017  08:30 to 16:30
  • CESA Training Centre, Johannesburg , Paulshof
  • Wed 11 October 2017  08:30 to 16:30
  • Thu 12 October 2017  08:30 to 16:30