Course Outline
1. Module 1: Introduction to Microsoft Project
How Project relates to the discipline of project management
New features in Project 2013
Navigate to the primary views available using the Ribbon
Choose views that display task, resource, or assignment information
Select table within views to change the information that is available to see and edit
Relate the features of Project to the five steps for building a plan in Project
2. A Quick and Easy Overview of Managing with Project
Create a new project and prepare it for data entry
Enter project tasks
Sequence the tasks
Define resources
Estimate task duration and assign resources
Baseline the project
Track project progress
3. Setting Up a Project
Use multiple methods to create a new project from an Excel file and a SharePoint Tasks list
Establish one or more calendars to constrain resource availability
Configure Project to calculate the schedule from the Start Date forward or from the Finish Date backward
4. Manually Schedule vs. Auto Schedule
Turn on Manually Schedule and Auto Schedule
When to use Manually Schedule
Limitations of manually scheduling
5. Creating a Work Breakdown Structure
Build and use summary and subordinate tasks
Use milestones
Develop WBS Outlines
Assign completion criteria
Evaluate the WBS
Use WBS templates
6. Identifying Task Relationships
Types of task relationships
Use various methods to create relationships
Determine and display task sequence
Use lag, lead, and delay
New feature of Task Paths
7. Defining Resources within Project
Define resource types
Define individual resources that will be used on the project
Record the cost(s) of using each type of resource
Record the limit of availability for each type of resource by establishing a resource calendar and defining the maximum units of that resource
8. Making Work Package Estimates
Enter estimates for duration and costs for each task
Distinguish between task types and when each is appropriate
Relationship between work, units, and duration
How Effort Driven scheduling is affected by work, units, and duration
Assign tasks to resources using the Team Planner view
9. Creating an Initial Schedule
Calculate float and identify a project’s critical path
Identify task constraints
Create milestones
Use the Task Inspector to troubleshoot the initial schedule
10. Create a Resource Leveled Schedule
Adjust a project schedule to account for limited people and other resources
View the overall cost and schedule of a project
Identify resources that have been over allocated for a project schedule
Use multiple ways to adjust tasks and assignments to remove over allocation for any resource
11. Managing the Project
Set a baseline
Enter and track project performance data
Apply different tracking methods
Perform a variance analysis on a project
12. Formatting Output and Printing Reports
Custom fields
Other file formats
13. Managing Multiple Projects
Use common resources among multiple projects
Link tasks between multiple projects
Create a consolidated view of multiple projects
14. Advanced Topics
Customize the Ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar
Customize WBS numbering
Concepts of Formulas and Graphical indicators
Purpose of the Global template and Organizer
Use Task Deadlines
Record a Macro
15. Summary
Access the Office App Store
What 74-343 Microsoft Project 2013, Managing Projects with Project 2013 exam covers and what is in the objective domain
Sample study guide to help you prepare for the Microsoft Project 2013 exam
Lab 1: Introduction to Mastering Microsoft Project
Change views from a table to a chart
Subcommands under each command group
Functions are under the format tab
Access the backstage
Lab 2-1: Creating a Basic Project with a Template
Create a project plan from a template
Turn off the timeline
Change the project start date
Add holidays to the company calendar
Lab 2-2: Creating a Basic Project
Add resources and their cost
Switch views
Insert summary tasks
Link tasks and summary tasks
Lab 3: Setting Up a Project
Add holidays to the company calendar
Make a custom calendar
Set the project start date
Set constraints
Lab 4: Explore Task Modes
Which project functions are turned off for tasks using Manually Schedule mode
Change the task mode from Manually Schedule to Auto Schedule and back
Identify tasks that are in Manually Schedule mode by the task mode column and shape on the Gantt chart
Situations particularly appropriate for using Manually Schedule
Limitations that a user must be aware of when using Manually Schedule mode
Lab 5-1: Manipulate a WBS
Create and manipulate WBS
Utilize an outline
Create notes within tasks
Lab 5-2: Supporting the Project Plan
Hyperlink project artifacts to your project plan
Create reoccurring tasks
Lab 6: Display the sequence
Create dependent relationships
Format a network diagram
Modify dependency lines
Modify items to be shown on the critical path
Lab 7: Resource Calendar and Availability
Add holidays to a standard calendar.
Apply different types of calendars to a project and analyze the impact to the project schedule
Apply vacation schedules to the calendar
Replace resources based upon the resource’s calendar
Lab 8: Work, Duration, and Labor
Analyze the impact of duration, work, and labor
Create material resources and assign cost to the resource
Use Project statistics
Apply a material resource to a task and examine the impact to project costs
Lab 9: Calculating an Initial schedule
Changes that can have a positive or negative impact on the project plan
Lab 10: Resource Leveling
Evaluate the project’s resource plan using the resource views
Adjust the schedule manually
Adjust the schedule using the leveling feature
Lab 11-1: The Baseline
Use Project Statics to see the changes in a project plan
Use the variance tables to understand the changes in a project plan
Value of baselining
Lab 11-2: Baselining and Tracking Performance
Value of baselining a project
Enter actuals and measure their impact
Lab 11-3: Variance
How variance is calculated with cost, finish, and work
Lab 12-1: Use the Grouping Feature
Create new fields to group
Create new group fields
Create new views
Lab 12-2: Create Reports in Project 2013
Use Microsoft Project’s View Report features
Create a Visual Report
Lab 13: Identifying Over-Allocated Resources from a Resource Pool and Consolidated File
Create a master project file
Open Resource Pool
Look for over-allocated resources
Lab 14: Recording a Macro in Project 2013
Create a macro that will automate a process

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