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Microsoft® Project Certifications
Project White Belt® 2010
Getting Started with Microsoft® Project 2010
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Traditional Classroom
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2 Days
14 PDUs / 1.4 CEUs
Virtual Classroom / On-Demand Learning
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Four 3-hour sessions
12 PDUs / 1.2 CEUs
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There are no prerequisites for this course


About the Program
This workshop serves as an introduction to scheduling using Microsoft Project. It is suitable for anyone with a need to use scheduling software such as team members, planners, project leaders, project managers or other scheduling practitioners.

This workshop is kept up to date with the framework of knowledge outlined by the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®’s) Practice Standard for Scheduling and A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).

This course will be led by an IIL certified instructor who will outline the benefits of the software, provide tips on using various features and common shortcuts, recommend guidelines and discuss the application of scheduling concepts to manage project work. Participant materials include a comprehensive workbook with screen captures of various software features for ease of reference after class.

Who Should Attend

  • Anyone new to Microsoft Project
  • Individuals who would like to learn more about the scheduling process using Microsoft Project
  • Individuals on a project management career path who need to sharpen their skills in scheduling
  • Excel® and SharePoint® users

What You Will Learn
You’ll learn to:

  • Define key scheduling concepts and terms
  • Effectively navigate the user interface and interpret common views
  • Configure essential elements of a new schedule
  • Enter and modify a task list
  • Record unplanned or partially planned activities
  • Set dependencies between tasks
  • Create a resource list and generate assignments
  • Apply individual and global formats to views and charts
  • Create a summary or executive timeline
  • Prepare the schedule for printing, reporting and sharing through other file formats

Course Overview
Getting Started

  • Introductions
  • Course structure
  • Course goals and objectives

Scheduling Concepts

  • Project management concepts
  • Scheduling concepts
  • The Critical Path method

Navigating the User Interface and Views

  • Working with the ribbon
  • Working with the quick access toolbar
  • Setting general and display options
  • Gantt chart view
  • Calendar view
  • Network diagram view
  • Getting help
  • Hands-on exercise

Setting up a New Schedule

  • Creating new schedules
    - From existing files
    - From a template
    - From a SharePoint task list
    - From an Excel workbook
  • Providing the schedule start date
  • Working with the standard calendar
  • Hands-on exercise

Entering, Modifying and Outlining Task Data

  • Entering and correcting task activities
  • Entering an unscheduled task
  • Techniques for entering estimates
  • Organizing tasks
  • Outlining tasks
  • Adding supplemental text
  • Hands-on exercise

Creating Dependencies by Setting Links

  • Dynamic schedules and dependencies
  • Methods for linking tasks
  • Switching the scheduling mode
  • Hands-on exercise

Entering and Assigning Resources

  • Resource planning
  • Creating a list of available resources
  • Techniques for assigning resources
  • Displaying task costs
  • Hands-on exercise

Formatting Gantt Chart View

  • Single and global text formatting
  • Single and global Gantt bar formatting
  • Working with Gantt chart styles
  • Adding drawings/objects to the chart area
  • Hands-on exercise

Communicating Information

  • Creating a basic timeline view
  • Rich data exchange
  • Printing views
  • Creating basic reports
  • Creating Excel, PDF and XPS Files
  • Hands-on exercise

Course Summary and Next Steps

  • White Belt certification
    - Exam structure
    - Registering for the exam
    - Taking the exam
    - Certification award
  • Recap of learning objectives

This course is also available for Microsoft Office Project 2007 and 2003.

Note: Courses in Microsoft Project also qualify as required education hours for the PMI-SP® (Scheduling Professional) certification from PMI. Contact your education consultant or local IIL company for more information.

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