MS Project - Deliverables Based Planning

Learn the techniques to build your project schedule faster and fully manage your project in MS Project. This hands-on class will teach you how to be proficient in MS Project. The course is designed with you in mind by providing simple hands-on learning in the way that you would use the tool: Build, Manage, and Report.

BUILD – addresses starting a new schedule with a checklist to assure nothing is missed, then steps you through building a plan, assigning responsibilities and gaining plan approval

MANAGE – addresses managing progress based on facts and handling changes

REPORT – addresses the use of reporting features to deliver team and leadership reporting

The course first demonstrates techniques that you will need to complete work in the tool, then allows you to try the skill to assure that you are able to perform it. A student guide and step-by-step instruction and support for developing proficiency in MS Project.

PMI Standards Covered
Processes: PMBOK® Guide Process (Planning, Execution)

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Duration

5-day format, 2.5-hours/day

Online Classroom-Delivered Course

Price

$599.00

Contact Us For Pricing

(Group discounts available. Contact Lee at 920.246.3434)

Instructor

Mark Swiderski, PMP

Project, Program, and Portfolio Managers, and Project Manager Leaders

The student will be provided with the following job aids:

  • MS Project – QRC – Ribbons Guide
  • MS Project – QRC – Process Checklist
  • MS Project – Course Student Files
  • MS Project – Student Guide (presentation slides for note-taking)

Prior to the course, the student should have:

  • Experience in project planning and execution
  • An understanding of the basic navigation of MS Project

Purpose: To make a student capable of building, managing, and reporting a deliverables-based plan using MS Project.

Objective: Following this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Efficiently navigate MS Project
  • Correctly set up a project using a defined checklist
  • Effectively use project calendars and views
  • Create a deliverables-based plan for a project using a repeatable process
  • Allocate resources to the plan
  • Create a project baseline that establishes a controlled schedule
  • Update the plan with actual results
  • Analyze a plan variance
  • Make changes in a project plan without causing strange things to happen
  • Use the core reporting features to update the project team and sponsors on the status of a project
  • Use the plan as the “one source of truth” for their project

Employing these new skills will result in:

  • Greater control over the schedule of a project
  • More efficient use of planning and project execution time
  • Using MS Project as a repository for most important project information
  • Allowing the student to perform “what if” analysis on their project
  • A single source of project information that is easier to maintain

The course outline is as follows:

    Session 1:

    • Introductions
    • Essentials:
      • Design a Plan
      • Navigate the Application
      • Use a Startup Checklist

    Session 2:

    • Work:
      • Enter Deliverables
      • Sequence Deliverables
      • Add Milestones
      • Assign Accountabilities
      • Perform a Hangars Check
      • Complete the Work Exercise

    Session 3:

    • Resource:
      • Complete the Resource Sheet
      • Make resource assignments
      • Perform “What if” analysis
      • Approve and baseline the Plan
      • Complete the Resource Exercise

    Session 4:

    • Manage:
      • Add Plan progress
      • Calculate variance
      • Estimate Plan changes
      • Make approved changes

    Session 5:

    • Report:
      • Understand views and features
      • Provide Team reporting
      • Provide Leadership reporting
      • Understand Standard Reports
    • Recap

Upcoming Classes

Course Dates

October 2022

Use the dropdown in the Enrollment box to see exact dates and times in the months listed above. 

Learn the techniques to build your project schedule faster and fully manage your project in MS Project. This hands-on class will teach you how to be proficient in MS Project. The course is designed with you in mind by providing simple hands-on learning in the way that you would use the tool: Build, Manage, and Report.

BUILD – addresses starting a new schedule with a checklist to assure nothing is missed, then steps you through building a plan, assigning responsibilities and gaining plan approval

MANAGE – addresses managing progress based on facts and handling changes

REPORT – addresses the use of reporting features to deliver team and leadership reporting

The course first demonstrates techniques that you will need to complete work in the tool, then allows you to try the skill to assure that you are able to perform it. A student guide and step-by-step instruction and support for developing proficiency in MS Project.

PMI Standards Covered
Processes: PMBOK® Guide Process (Planning, Execution)

Course Dates

October 2022