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  • MS Project 2013 Online Boot Camp

    Earn 24 PMI PDUs     |     5-Day Online Course     |     Endorsed by Microsoft     |     Prep for 74-343 Exam
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Microsoft Project 2013 Online Boot Camp

Online Course Conducted Over 5-Days, 5 Hours Per Day
Earn 24 PDUs & Prepare for Microsoft Project 2013 Certification

Master the latest release of Microsoft Project and earn a certificate of preparation for Microsoft's 74-343 certification!

Bonus Benefits included with your attendance:

  • Each participant will be able to schedule an additional 30 minute one-on-one consultation with the instructor at the completion of the course.
  • Participants will have access to free monthly webinars on timely project management and Microsoft Project topics.
  • Designed for all beginning and intermediate users of Microsoft Project who need to master this application, or who wish to pass Microsoft's Project 2013 74-343 exam.

Conducted over five days with two sessions per day, Monday-Friday 7 AM –10 AM and 11 AM -1 PM. All times are Pacific Coast Time.

Microsoft Project 2013 Overview

This course takes you step-by-step through the features and concepts you'll need to plan and manage projects effectively with Microsoft Project 2013. Versatile integrates the discipline of project management with a deep understanding of Microsoft Project 2013.

Your instructor, Sam Huffman, is a Microsoft Certified Product Expert. His knowledge is a result of exhaustive exploration of new features as well as hands-on experience using the tool to manage projects. Sam—and all our instructors—teach our project management discipline courses – providing you a unique combination of software and professional knowledge.

Microsoft Project 2013 Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use the exam specifications that will guide your preparation for the Microsoft 74-343 exam
  • Understand the discipline of project management as it applies to using Microsoft Project.
  • Leverage the new Ribbon to navigate the application
  • Create a Work Breakdown Structure
  • Identify Task Relationships
  • Define Resources within Microsoft Project
  • Make Work Package Estimates
  • Create an Initial Schedule
  • Create a Resource Leveled Schedule
  • Capture actual performance data
  • Format Output and Print Reports
  • Create new projects in SharePoint and Excel
  • Set up a Project with a Calendar, Start date, and scheduling method
  • Understand Manually Schedule vs. Auto Schedule modes
  • Set project baselines and use them to measure progress
  • Integrate Multiple Projects
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About the Instructor

Sam Huffman 9-11Sam Huffman is a Microsoft Certified Trainer, Project Management Professional, and Microsoft Project MVP. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors at Project Management Institute (PMI)—Puget Sound Chapter; Microsoft project product support at Microsoft; and was a Software Engineer, Support Engineer,and Product Liaison at Microsoft .

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Project Management Resource Group is a national leader in training and certification for human resource and project managers. PMRG has conducted hundreds of courses, seminars and onsite trainings all across the U.S. over the past nine years.

Our ongoing mission is “Providing high-value educational programs for human resource and project managers by focusing on must-learn topics in the forefront of project management techniques and methodologies, while enhancing personal—as well as professional—growth and development.”

The Versatile Company has been improving projects results for our clients since 1990.  Training and consulting services build your capacity to initiate the right projects and deliver them faster. Our training and consulting services embody the practices and principles described by Versatile's founder and President, Eric Verzuh, in his bestselling book, The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management.

Who Should Attend

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MS Project 2013 Boot Camp Course Agenda

  • Lessons 1-3
  • Lessons 3-8
  • Lessons 9-12
  • Lessons 13-15

LESSON 1 — Introduction to Mastering Microsoft Project

  • The value of project management software!
  • How does Microsoft Project integrate with the project management discipline?
  • The best strategies for navigating the application using the new Ribbon
  • Includes introduction of features that are new in Microsoft Project 2013

LESSON 2 — A Quick and Easy Overview of Managing with Microsoft Project

  • Get the big picture on using Microsoft Project to plan and manage a project.
  • See the high-level process that will be the basis for the remainder of the course

LESSON 3 — Setting Up a New Project

  • Start a project off right.
  • Open it from Excel or SharePoint or create a new project within Microsoft Project.
  • Establish a calendar and set the basic parameters for the scheduling engine.

LESSON 4 — Manual Schedule vs. Auto-Schedule

  • A major new feature in Microsoft Project 2013!
  • Understand how to turn off Microsoft Project's scheduling engine and when to do it.

LESSON 5 — Building a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

LESSON 6 — Establish Task Relationships

LESSON 7 — Defining Resources Within Project

  • Resources accomplish the work on projects.
  • Know the different resource types and how to establish their characteristics.

LESSON 8 — Making Work Package Estimates

  • Create duration estimates and effort driven schedules.
  • Use effort and task types to control Microsoft Project's scheduling engine.

LESSON 9 — Creating an Initial Schedule

  • Use critical path analysis to create a schedule.
  • Understand scheduling constraints.
  • "Crash" a schedule.

LESSON 10 — Create a Resource Leveled Schedule

  • Balance the available people and other resources with the need for speed on your project.
  • Realistic schedules have realistic expectations about resource availability.

LESSON 11 — Managing the Project

  • Capture plan vs actual information to identify performance problems and communicate project progress.
  • Use a project baseline to find variance.
  • How to split tasks and reschedule work.

LESSON 12 — Formatting Output and Printing Reports

  • Communicate effectively.
  • Format the immense amount of information in Microsoft Project into meaningful reports.

LESSON 13 — Managing Multiple Projects

  • Combine many smaller projects together to see multi-project views of resource use or coordinate among projects.

LESSON 14 — Advanced Topics

  • Powerful, useful, and rarely used features to take you to the next level of effectiveness.

LESSON 15 — Exam Study Tips

  • Know what to study and what to expect on the exam.