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Course: Microsoft Project: MS Project for Project Management Mastery - 10 PDUS

Microsoft Project: MS Project for Project Management Mastery - 10 PDUS

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Microsoft Project for Project Management Mastery - Provides 10 pdus!

THIS IS NOT A "This feature does this", "This function enables this" COURSE. YOU WILL LEARN STEP BY STEP CREATION OF A PROJECT PLAN THROUGH A REAL PROJECT EXAMPLE.

Welcome to the most comprehensive Microsoft Project Course! 

  • BEGINNER TO EXPERT!
  • Create a real-life project plan
  • Learn the practical implications of MS Project 2013, 2016 and 2019
  • 10+ Hours of Comprehensive Content
  • Learn Project Management needed to use Microsoft Project

Note that, this course provides:

  • Lifetime access

By enrolling in this course, you will be able to:

  • Create your project plans in MS Project 2013, 2016 and 2019 STEP-BY-STEP
  • Learn how to create a project plan through a real-world project example
  • Get prompt answer & support from the instructor
  • Learn what you should have before creating your project plan in MS Project
  • Earn 10 PDUs if you are a PMP already
  • Earn 10 Contact Hours if you are a PMP candidate

This course is for professionals who want to use Microsoft Project 2013, 2016 and 2019. Microsoft Project has several features to discover. In this course, you will learn all of these features.

We will create a realistic project plan from beginning to the end. While creating the project plan, we will also talk about scenarios that you may face in real life. 

This course is planned to have a gradual structure from basic features to more advanced ones; this structure will help you to understand every detail inside the program. Therefore, you don’t need to know anything about Microsoft Project or Project Management. 

This course covers everything you should know while using Microsoft Project. For example, We will explain the Critical Path Method in detail so that you understand the logic behind the Microsoft Project’s calculations. 

At the end of the course, we will have a bonus section about Earned Value Analysis. Doing Earned Value Calculations in Microsoft Project is very easy, but understanding the meaning of the numbers we get from these calculations is very important. If you don’t know anything about Earned Value Analysis, after this course, you will learn every concept in detail. 

If you are already familiar with Microsoft Project, you can benefit from the more advanced lectures in the course. For those who are familiar with Microsoft Project, the first few lectures might be basic. Yet, I recommend you to attend these lectures to refresh your memory. You may find some details that you have missed.

Basic knowledge
  • Microsoft Project 2013, Microsoft Project 2016 or Microsoft Project 2019 (30 day Free Trial version can be used If you don't already have these)
What you will learn
  • Create expert level project plans using Microsoft Project 2013, 2016 or 2019
  • Learn how to create a project WITHOUT CAUSING any overallocation problem (This course is the only course that explains how to do that!)
  • Learn Earned Value Management (EVM) and apply it on your project by using Microsoft Project
  • Learn Critical Path Method (CPM), therefore learn how Microsoft Project do the calculations
  • Learn how to create Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Learn how to make the Microsoft Project calculate the duration of the tasks for us
  • Learn effective use of budgets
  • Make daily/weekly/monthly tracking and reporting a pleasure, not a pain
  • Learn how to track costs
  • Learn how to manage cost rate changes
  • Learn how to measure a project against a baseline
  • Utilize calendars and timelines in Microsoft Project 2013, 2016 and 2019
Curriculum
Number of Lectures: 90
Total Duration: 09:31:04
INTRODUCTION
  • Introduction  

    Before starting our Microsoft Project lectures, I want to give some information about the course content. The first thing I should point out is that I will not only teach how to use Microsoft Project, but also, talk about the benefits of it from starting the project to close-up. In this process, we will cover most of the features offered by Microsoft Project. You will notice that the content of this course has very unique features. 

CRITICAL PATH METHOD
  • Types of Task Links  

    Before talking about the Critical Path Method, I would like to mention the types of task links. We can link the tasks in 4 ways.

    • Finish-to-Start (FS) 
    • Start-to-Start (SS) 
    • Finish-to-Finish (FF) 
    • Start-to-Finish (SF) 

    Now, let’s look at the details of these link types

  • Terms to Know  

    Before starting the Critical Path Method, you need to get familiar with these certain terms. These are the most common terms in MS Project:

    • Predecessor 
    • Successor 
    • Lag and 
    • Lead 

    You will need to know some additional terms as well, but we will learn these terms when we talk about the Critical Path Method. For now, let’s talk about the definitions of these four terms. 

  • CPM Calculations  

    As each term has an abbreviation, Critical Path Method can also be abbreviated as CPM. In this lecture, we will learn the Critical Path Method Calculations.

START SCREEN, PROJECT WORKSPACE, BACKSTAGE VIEW AND TOUCH MODE
  • Start Screen  

    When we open Microsoft Project, we will see the Start Screen. We will learn the functions of these buttons step by step in the future. For now, we will talk about the locations of the buttons and their functions. 

  • Project Workspace and Backstage View  

    In this lecture, we will talk about Project Workspace and Backstage View. Since we will constantly work on these pages, it will benefit you if you know which button is where.

  • Touch Mode  

    We will talk about Touch Mode in this lecture. As you know, touch screen devices are very popular nowadays. Since some users find touch screen more useful, different software adapts to touch screen as well as using the traditional Mouse. Microsoft Project is one of this software, too. In fact, this property is adapted to most of the Microsoft Office programs. 

OPTIONS
  • Options / Introduction  

    Before starting to create our project plan on Microsoft Project, we should make the necessary settings. To do this, we will use the Options menu. 

  • General  

    In this lecture, we will look at the General options. We can make the most general settings of Microsoft Project here. 

  • Display  

    In our previous lectures, we have seen the General settings. In this lecture, we will talk about the Display settings. 

  • Proofing  

    In this lecture, we will talk about Proofing settings.

  • Save  

    In this lecture, we will talk about the Save option.

  • Language, Addins, Trust Center  

    In this lecture, we will look at the settings under Language, Add Ins, and Trust Center groups. Advanced, Customize Ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar groups will be covered in the future lectures. 

SCHEDULE OPTIONS AND CHANGE WORKING TIME
  • Schedule Options  

    In this lecture, we will start our Intermediate level lectures.  We want to create a schedule for a new project. The first thing to do is, we need to set our calendar. There are few different ways to set the calendar in Microsoft Project. These settings should match each other, otherwise we may encounter some problems. We will see what happens if these settings do not match each other in the following lectures.

  • Change Working Time  

    In the previous lecture, we did our Schedule settings under the Options menu. Unfortunately, we are not done with Schedule settings yet. The settings under the Options menu were the default settings. Now we should do the settings specific to our project, which are going to be used for the calculations. In this lecture, we will do the Scheduling settings that we will see when we click on the Change Working Time button.

CREATING WORK BREAKDOWN STRUCTURE
  • Information About the Project  

    In our previous lectures, we have seen the settings we need to do before starting to create the project plan of a project. In this lecture, we will talk about our project, which is an imaginary project. Then, in the following lectures we will talk about how to create new tasks in Microsoft Project. We will create our new tasks according to our imaginary project.

  • Work Breakdown Structure  

    In this lecture, we will learn how to create a work breakdown structure.

SETTING UP TASKS
  • Entering Activities  

    In the previous lecture, we have constructed our Work Breakdown Structure in Microsoft Project. Now we are ready to enter our activities. Here, I would like to remind you that, creating a Work Breakdown Structure is not a must in MS Project. I mean, you may directly start to enter your activities without creating any WBS. But, in order to create a more understandable project plan, you will need to group your activities. Since creating a Work Breakdown Structure is the best way to group your activities, by creating a Work Breakdown Structure, your project plan will be more understandable. This is why, I recommend you to create your Work Breakdown Structure first.

    OK, now let’s turn back to our “Setting Up Tasks” lecture. In this lecture, we will only enter the name of the activities. In the future lectures, we will see how to make Microsoft Project to calculate the durations by itself.  

  • Setting Up Dependencies  

    In the previous lecture, we have entered our activities. Now it is time to set up their dependencies.

    In order to do this, there are several methods again. In this lecture, I will teach you all of these methods. After learning all of them, just do which ever seems easier to you. 

  • Entering Manhours  

    In the previous lecture, we have established the relationships between activities. Now it is time to enter their man-hours. 

     As we said before in the lectures, we will make Microsoft Project to calculate the durations automatically. As the first step for that, we need to enter the man-hours of each activity.

SETTING UP RESOURCES
  • Resource Sheet  

    In the previous lecture, we have entered the work hours needed for each activity. In this lecture, we will set up the resources of our project.

  • Material Resources  

    In this lecture, we start to define our resources. First, we will define the material resources.

  • Work Resource  

    In this lecture, we will learn how to define a Work resource.

  • Generic Resource  

    In this lecture, we will learn how to define a Generic resource.

  • Changing Work Time for a Resource  

    In this lecture, we will learn how to change working time of a resource.

  • Creating a Resource Calendar  

    In this lecture, we will learn how to create a resource calendar.

  • Resource Availability  

    Some resources may be available from one date to another date. Or some others may partially be available for some time. In such cases, we need to determine the Resource Availability. In this lecture, we will learn how to do it. 

ASSIGNING RESOURCES
  • Assigning Work Resources  

    In the previous lectures we have determined the resources of our project. Now, it is time to assign these resources to our activities.

  • Assigning Material Resources  

    In the previous lecture we have assigned the work resources of the activities. Now, it is time to assign the material resources.

  • Task Usage Sheet  

    In the previous lectures we have assigned the resources of the activities. Now, we will look at the task usage sheet.

MILESTONES
  • Introducing Milestones  

    In the previous lecture we have assigned the material resources of the activities. Since we are done with our resources, we will introduce a couple of simple milestones into our project.

COSTS
  • Assigning Costs to Resources  

    Up to here we have created and linked our tasks, we have created resources and assigned them to the activities of our project. Now it is time to look at costs. In this lecture, we will learn how to assign costs to resources. Then in the following lectures, we will talk about the other project costs. 

  • Cost Rate Table  

    In the previous lecture, we have entered the basic costs of the resources. We have assumed, the standard and overtime rates do not change over time. In some cases, some costs may change over time however. In this lecture we will learn how to enter these values.

  • Cost Rate Table (Solution for the Homework)  

    In this lecture you will find the solution of the homework assignment given in the previous lecture. 

  • Cost Resources  

    Up to here, we have learned two different types of resources. These were Work and Material resources. However, there is one more resource type in Microsoft Project. This is the cost resource. 

      In a project, some tasks may be associated with a particular type of cost. Travel expenses are good example for this kind of resources. We can define Travel Expenses as a cost resource, and then we can use this resource as a financial cost associated with a task in a project plan. 

  • Project Costs  

    Up to here, we have seen how to assign costs to the resources. In a project, there are some other costs which are not directly related to the resources. In this lecture, we will learn how to handle these costs. 

  • Budged Costs  

    Up to here, we have seen almost every cost type, but there is still one more left. All of the costs we have entered were our known costs. This is, we almost know how much money we will spend and we have calculated them one by one.

    We may want to add some cost in a project for some expenses that we cannot calculate yet. I mean, we know, we will spend money on something, but we don’t know how much money we will spend at the moment. “Incidental costs” is a good example of that. We define such costs as budget costs in Microsoft Project. In this lecture, we will see how to define such costs. 

FINALIZING THE PROJECT PLAN
  • Constraints and Deadlines  

    In this lecture we are going to talk about constraints and deadlines.

  • Critical Path  

    We have created our project schedule in the previous lectures. In this lecture, we will talk about the results. This is, we will take a look at the critical path of our project and we will make some comments on this path.

  • Adding Notes  

    If you are working on a project with other people, you may want to put the contact information in a note, either on a resource or a task in Microsoft Project. This is a good way to communicate with each other about the important subjects of a project. You may use notes to give some information about a task or resource, to remind someone about an issue and etc. Using the notes feature is quite useful and in this lecture we will learn how to use it. 

  • Timeline  

    In this lecture we are going to look at Timeline View. 

  • Baseline  

    So far, we have created our project schedule, assigned resources to the tasks and calculated the total cost of the project. These are the things that should be done before starting a project.

    Now, assume our project is just about to start. After it starts, we will need to track the activities, that is, we will need to compare the actuals with our planned values.

    While we enter the actual values into the project schedule, the dates, durations, work-hours and the costs will be changed. If we don’t reserve a copy of our original plan, we will not have any data for comparing reasons.

    Therefore, we will need a copy of our project schedule. We will need to copy, not only the dates, but also the information about resources, and the cost of the tasks.

    We create baselines for this reason. A baseline provides us a copy of our project plan. It copies not only the schedule, but also the resource and work-hour information and the original cost information of the tasks.

    Therefore, we have to create a baseline before starting to track our project.   In this lecture we are going to learn how to create a baseline. 

  • Replacing a Resource  

    In the previous lecture, we have talked about how to create a baseline. In this lecture, we will talk about how to replace a resource. 

    While creating the resources, we have created a Generic Resource. We said we didn’t know the subcontractor companies and after determining them, we would replace the generic resource with the new resources. In this lecture, we will learn how to do that. 

TRACKING
  • Basics  

    So far, we have created our project plan. After that, we took a copy of our project, that is, we have created a baseline for our project. Now we are ready for tracking.

  • Automatically Updating a Project  

    In the previous lecture, we have talked about some basics of progress updating. In this lecture, we will talk about how to update a project automatically.

  • Manually Updating a Project by Using Work Hour Data  

    In the previous lecture, we have learned how to automatically update our project. If everything is on schedule, then we can automatically update our project. But most of the time, being on schedule is very hard. In such cases, we need to manually update our project. In this lecture and the following one, we will learn how to update a project manually.

  • Manually Updating a Project by Using Percentage Complete Data  

    In the previous lecture, we have learned how to update a project by using work hour data. That was the most precise way of doing the project track. Due to some reasons, it may be very hard to get the “work hour data” regularly. In such a case, you may update your project by using the Percentage Complete data of the tasks. In this lecture, we will learn how to update our project by using Percentage Complete data of the tasks.

  • Dealing With Delaying Problems  

    In the previous lecture, we have learned how to update a project by using Percentage Complete data. After updating our project, we saw that, planned finish date of the project became 2 days later of the baseline finish date. This is a problem and needs to be fixed. In this lecture, we will talk about how to deal with this kind of delaying problems.

EARNED VALUE ANALYSIS
  • General / EVA  

    In the previous lecture, we have talked about how to deal with delay problems. In this lecture, we will talk about how to do Earned Value Analysis in Microsoft Project. 

  • EVA by Using Percentage Complete Value  

    By default, Microsoft Project uses “percentage complete” value to do the Earned Value calculations. In this lecture, we will talk about how to do Earned Value Analysis by using “percentage complete” value. 

  • EVA by Using Physical Percentage Complete Value  

    We know that, Microsoft Project uses “Percentage Complete” value to do the Earned Value calculations by default. If we want to get more accurate results from the Earned Value calculations, we may use “Physical Percentage Complete” data.

CUSTOMIZING MICROSOFT PROJECT
  • Customizing the Quick Access Toolbar and the Ribbon  

    In the previous lectures, we have talked about tracking and then we have discussed the Earned Value analysis. Now we know how to track a project and how to do Earned Value Analysis in Microsoft Project. In this lecture, we will talk about how to customize the Quick Access Toolbar and the Ribbon. 

  • Other Customizations  

    Microsoft Project lets us customize most of the thing we see. In this lecture, we will talk about these customizations. 

BONUS SECTION: EARNED VALUE MANAGEMENT
  • Introduction to Earned Value Management  

    In this section, we will first list the acronyms and terms. Then we will give the formulas in the formulas lecture. These two lectures are just introduction and we will only talk about the definitions of the terms and formulas. Then we will explain all the EVM principles by going through an example. With this example you will understand all the concepts very easily.

  • Acronyms and Terms  

    In this lecture we will talk about acronyms and terms.

  • Formulas  

    In this lecture you will find the list of EVM formulas.

  • EVM Principles (Introduction)  

    As we said at the beginning of the section, in order to explain the EVM Concepts we will go through an example.

  • Getting Values From Question  

    Learn how to get values from the question.

  • Cost Variance  

    In this lecture, we will learn what cost variance is.

  • Schedule Variance  

    In this lecture, we will learn what schedule variance is.

  • Cost Performance Index  

    In this lecture, we will learn what cost performance index is.

  • Schedule Performance Index  

    In this lecture, we will learn what schedule performance index is.

  • Important Results  

    In this lecture, you will be able to learn how to make comment on given CV, SV, CPI and SPI values.

  • EVM in Deep (Introduction)  

    Up to here are the basic concepts of Earned Value management. If you learn the EVM concepts up to here very well, you will be able to answer about 2/3 of the questions easily in the exam. But in order to solve the rest of the questions, you need to study following lectures.

  • EAC Formula 1  

    In this lecture, we will learn the first EAC formula.

  • EAC formula 2  

    In this lecture, we will learn the second EAC formula.

  • EAC Formula 3  

    In this lecture, we will learn the third EAC formula.

  • EAC formula 4  

    In this lecture, we will learn the fourth EAC formula.

  • TCPI - To Complete Performance Index  

    In this lecture, we will learn "To Complete Performance Index" calculation.

  • ETC - Estimate to Complete  

    In this lecture, we will learn "Estimate to Complete" calculation.

  • VAC - Variance at Completion  

    In this lecture, we will learn "Variance at Completion" calculation.

  • Example 2  

    Another example in order to understand EVM calculations.

  • Example 2 (Continued)  

    Another example in order to understand EVM calculations. (Continued)

  • Example 3  

    Another example in order to understand EVM calculations.

  • Analyzing the Earned Value Variables  

    In this lecture, we will analyze the earned value variables.

  • Calculations for 3rd Example  

    Calculations for 3rd example.

  • Sample Questions 1/2  

    Solidify your knowledge by solving these questions.

  • Sample Questions 2/2  

    Solidify your knowledge by solving these questions.

Bonus Section 2: Activity Duration and Cost Estimating
  • Introduction / Activity Duration and Cost Estimating  

    After defining and sequencing the activities; resources required for each activity, are identified. Once you identify the resources, next step is to estimate activity durations and activity costs.

  • Duration and Cost Estimating Techniques  

    In order to better control the project, a project manager has to know estimating techniques. These techniques help you to define cost and duration of each individual activity.

  • One Point Estimating  

    As we understand from the name of the technique, the estimator submits only one estimate for each activity.

  • Analogous Estimating  

    This technique is a fast estimating technique but it gives less accurate results compared to parametric and three point estimating techniques.

  • Parametric Estimating  

    In this technique, standard metrics, industry requirements, other sources, and also, historical information are used.

  • Three Point Estimating  

    In this lecture, we will learn how to get more realistic estimates by using three point estimating technique.

  • Triangular Distribution  

    In this lecture, we will learn how to make estimations by using triangular distribution.

  • Beta Distribution  

    In this lecture, we will learn how to make estimations by using beta distribution.

  • Sample Questions  

    Solidify your knowledge by solving these questions. 

LEARN HOW TO CLAIM PDU'S
  • Learn How To Claim PDU's  

    Please download the pdf document to learn how to claim PDU's from the PMI website.

SAMPLE QUESTIONS FOR CRITICAL PATH METHOD CALCULATIONS
  • Schedule Network Analysis Sample Questions 1/2  

    Schedule Network Analysis Sample Questions 1/2

  • Schedule Network Analysis Sample Questions 2/2  

    Schedule Network Analysis Sample Questions 2/2

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