Mastering Project Management with Microsoft Project 2016

This course presents material sequentially as it will likely occur in actual projects. You'll gain a better understanding of how to apply project management concepts and the variations between them. Key and critical topics are explored in-depth as is appropriate for an intermediate, advanced level understanding.

You will learn about project selection, developing project strategies, creating a schedule model, stat-using and forecasting, project recovery, and more. This course also combines...

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Mastering Project Management with Microsoft Project 2016

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Course code: GES271

What you will learn

  • Advanced project management concepts and definitions
  • Project selection and proposal processes
  • How to evaluate projects and take appropriate next steps
  • How to select, plan, execute, control and complete projects
  • Learn the Microsoft Project 2016 features
  • Plan out your work and keep projects on track
  • Use Project 2016 software to improve your project managing abilities

How you will benefit

  • Prepare for the Project Management Institute PMP certification exam
  • Enhance your ability to secure a promotion, score a new job, and generally climb the career ladder
  • Develop greater understanding of the project manager's role in a variety of fields
  • Boost critical thinking and decision-making skills that will aid you across industries
  • Become a more efficient and organized worker
  • Bring your mastery of Microsoft Project to any potential workplace
  • Set yourself apart from competitors by going above and beyond to receive extra instruction

What you will learn

  • Advanced project management concepts and definitions
  • Project selection and proposal processes
  • How to evaluate projects and take appropriate next steps
  • How to select, plan, execute, control and complete projects
  • Learn the Microsoft Project 2016 features
  • Plan out your work and keep projects on track
  • Use Project 2016 software to improve your project managing abilities

How you will benefit

  • Prepare for the Project Management Institute PMP certification exam
  • Enhance your ability to secure a promotion, score a new job, and generally climb the career ladder
  • Develop greater understanding of the project manager's role in a variety of fields
  • Boost critical thinking and decision-making skills that will aid you across industries
  • Become a more efficient and organized worker
  • Bring your mastery of Microsoft Project to any potential workplace
  • Set yourself apart from competitors by going above and beyond to receive extra instruction

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 210 course hours
  1. Mastering Project Management with PMP® Prep
    1. Introduction
    2. Project Justification
    3. Project Strategy
    4. Project Definition
    5. Activity Definition
    6. Activity Estimating
    7. Quality
    8. Estimating Resources
    9. Schedule Development
    10. Procurement Planning
    11. Risk Management
    12. Budgeting & Baseline
    13. Understanding Stakeholders
    14. Begin Project Execution
    15. Statusing & Forecasting
    16. Project Recovery
    17. Project & Phase Closing
    18. Overview of PMP Exam
  2. Microsoft Project 2016
    1. Course Introduction
      1. What is Project?
      2. Set up and download practice files
      3. What to expect
    2. Establishing a Good Project Management Foundation
      1. Gathering project documentation
      2. The Scope Statement
      3. Understanding your deliverables
      4. The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
    3. Schedule Terminology and Methodology
      1. Terms and Concepts
      2. Schedule Analysis
      3. Understanding Float
    4. Navigating Microsoft Project 2016
      1. Ribbon Menu Navigation
      2. The Backstage View
      3. Templates
    5. Microsoft Project Terminology
      1. Understanding Task and Resource Views
      2. Navigating Resource and Task Tables
      3. Utilizing Forms
    6. Understanding Default Settings
      1. The Purpose of Default Settings
      2. Finding Default Settings
      3. Default Settings for display and general calendars
      4. Default Settings for scheduling and calculations
    7. Setting Up Calendars
      1. Available Base Calendar Templates
      2. Creating a Project Calendar
      3. Setting up Resource and Task Calendars
      4. Calendar Tips
    8. Task Terminology & Creating Task List
      1. Microsoft Project Tasks Defined
      2. More Tasks Defined
      3. Creating a Task List
      4. Organizing your Tasks
    9. Schedule Development
      1. Types of Estimates
      2. Modeling Tasks & Relationships
      3. Schedule Development
    10. Advanced Task Functionalities
      1. Task Types and Calculations
      2. Advanced Task Functionalities
      3. Managing Deadlines
      4. Task Information Dialog Box
    11. Introduction to Resources
      1. Resource Terminology
      2. Resource Types
      3. Setting up a Resource Sheet
      4. Best Practices
    12. Assigning Resources to Tasks
      1. Utilizing Assign Resources method
      2. Understanding Work Resource Calculations
      3. Changing Resource Assignments
      4. Assigning Material and Cost Resources
      5. Resource Planning Guidelines
    13. Managing Resource Assignments
      1. Resource Graph View
      2. Resource Usage View
      3. Utilizing Team Planner
    14. Customizing Project Views
      1. Modifying the Gantt Chart view
      2. Applying Sorts
      3. Understanding Built-in Filters and AutoFilter
      4. Utilizing Groups
    15. Project Plan Review
      1. Is it a Good Plan?
      2. Verifying Schedule Logic
      3. Ensuring All Work Is Included
      4. Validating Estimates and Resource Assignments
    16. Statusing Your Project
      1. Setting Baseline
      2. Understanding the Statusing Process
      3. Understanding Statusing Formulas
      4. Introduction to Tracking Methods
    17. Tracking Project Performance
      1. Project Statistics
      2. Applying Slipping Task Filter
      3. Utilizing Variance Table
      4. Generating Reports
      5. Earned Value Management (EVM) and Microsoft Project
      6. Getting Back on Track
    18. Format and Customize
      1. Changing Details
      2. Creating Macros
      3. Utilizing Drag and Drop functionality
      4. Utilizing the Organizer
    19. Create Master Project Files
      1. Import / Exporting Project Data
      2. Managing Multiple Projects
      3. Creating a Master Project File
      4. Creating a Common (Shared) Resource Pool

Nikki Choyce, PMP has been involved in the project management field for almost 20 years and has worked as a consultant and trainer for much of that time. She is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and very active in the project management community. She has worked in a variety of industries, including Information Technology, Insurance, Manufacturing, Marketing, Aerospace, Construction, and Telecommunications. She has worked with Microsoft Project for over 10 years.

Erica Kirwan has more than 15 years of experience in process and project management. Previously, Kirwan served as Senior Project Manager for a Fortune 200 financial services company. She earned an Advanced Project Management Certification from Stanford University. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems and a Master of Public Administration.

You should have at least two years experience managing projects or complete the Essentials of Project Management course.

This course will also prepare you for the PMP Certification Exam. Student who wish to take the PMP Certification exam will need to meet one of the following sets of requirements to take the exam:

  • Set #1:
    • A four-year degree
    • 36 months of leading projects
    • 35 hours of project management education/training or CAPM® Certification
  • Set #2:
    • A high school diploma or an associate degree (or global equivalent)
    • 60 months of leading projects
    • 35 hours of project management education/training or CAPM® Certification

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course must be taken on a PC. Macs are not compatible.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge is also compatible.
  • Microsoft Project 2016 (not included in enrollment).
  • Microsoft Word (not included in enrollment).
  • Windows Media Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment in the Mastering Project Management portion of the bundle:

  • A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)
  • PMP Exam Prep

The new PMI PMP exam beginning in January, is based on the 6th edition of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) Guide which our course is also based on. The new PMP exam will have a larger focus on agile practices of which, 50% of the exam will be agile based. Our course does cover agile concepts, however, not to the degree covered in the new exam so additional study time on agile may needed outside this course. In addition to changes in content focus, the new exam question types are also changing. Instead of just multiple-choice questions there will be additional question types such as matching and fill-in-the-blank.

To learn more about the new PMI PMP exam changes you can visit PMI's site by going to https://www.pmi.org/certifications/project-management-pmp/earn-the-pmp/pmp-exam-preparation/pmp-exam-updates.

PMI provides additional resources on their site to help prepare for the new exam. You can access more information by visiting https://www.pmi.org/certifications/project-management-pmp.

Yes, this program meets or exceeds the educational prerequisite for the PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP ®) certification exam.

No. This is considered an intermediate to advanced level program. You may find the Essentials of Project Management a better fit for you.

No. This is a hands-on course that calls out specific keystroke commands. In every version of Microsoft Project, new features and functions are added or removed and keystrokes will likely change. Additional compatibility issues may exist with using the provided practice files.

Yes. Although this program will also cover some features / functions that are only available in the Professional edition, you will be provided with references to those functions. The main difference is that you won't be able to do the hands-on exercises associated with those functions.

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course whenever you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

After you register, you will receive 6 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.

If you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee will be charged. If you are funded through a third-party organization, approval may also be required.

The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also be assigned a Student Advisor for academic support.

Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through.

ed2go courses will help you gain the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. However, you should always research the job market in your area before enrolling.

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA, and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards may provide funding to take our courses. Additionally, you may qualify for financial assistance if you meet certain requirements. Learn more about financial assistance.

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Project Management Institute (PMI)
The Project Management Institute (PMI) was founded in 1969 to bring professionalism and community to the project management sector of business. Its education and advocacy efforts, publications, certifications, and professional development programs affect the lives of 2.9 million professionals throughout the world. PMI wants to help standardize the project management profession, and help businesses improve their organizational success. Most of all, they want to help individuals advance their careers and earning prospects, and they're doing just that through their certified courses.