Mastering Microsoft Project
Supercharge your project management by mastering project management software. Project management software is de rigueur as a tool in modern project management, and proficiency with it is a reflection of your professionalism as well as a powerful tool for increasing project success.
This two-day workshop will bring attendees with little to no experience with project management software to a level of comfortable proficiency. As the most prevalent project management software in North America, Microsoft Project will be the software of focus for this course. The workshop is fully hands-on, with all learning exercises performed on computers provided by the University. Familiarity with Windows and basic knowledge of project management is an asset.
Project management software is a vital tool at all stages of the project management lifecycle. During Initiation, it can be used to communicate a summary vision of the project scope, schedule, and budget. During Planning, it can be used to easily create a project management plan, including work breakdown structure[M1], resource assignment, detailed schedule, and detailed budget. During Execution, it can be used to track project performance for enhanced monitoring, control, reporting, and resource management. During Close-Out, it can be used to evaluate overall project success and generate lessons learned.
This course can provide up to 12 PDUs / contact hours towards attaining or maintaining the Project Management Professional (PMP)® designation. Participants must submit the request to PMI via the Continuing Certification Requirements System (CCRS).
Professional Development Units are allocated according to the number of training hours completed by the student and may be granted by increments of 0.25 PDU for each 15 minutes of training. A participation certificate will be given to students who attend a minimum of 75% of the course.
Launching and configuring the software
Understanding views, structure, menus, functions
Creating a Work Breakdown Structure
Entering and structuring project tasks
Creating a detailed project schedule
Creating a project budget
Setting a project baseline
Tracking project performance and comparing it against planned performance
Using the software to manage project team members
Managing resource utilization
Generating progress reports
Customizing views and report
- Project managers, team leaders, project coordinators, schedulers, project team members, clients, and anyone who wants to enhance his or her proficiency in project management
Colin Lindsay has twenty years of experience teaching graduate courses in project management, teaching for the University of Ottawa, Université du Québec, Tianjin University, Zhejiang Gongshang University, and Guizhou University. In addition, he teaches candidates how to prepare for the PMP certification exam. He has graduate degrees in Project Management and physics, but draws also on his applied experience managing complex IM/IT, organizational development, and outsourcing projects for numerous organizations in the National Capital Region. He is a former engineering officer with the Royal Canadian Navy and operates a management consulting firm.
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