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Microsoft® Project Certifications
Project Orange Belt® 2007
Managing Projects with Microsoft® Office Project 2007
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Traditional Classroom
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3 Days
21 PDUs / 2.1 CEUs
Virtual Classroom / On-Demand Learning
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Six 3-hour sessions
18 PDUs / 1.8 CEUs

A familiarity with key project management concepts and terminology is recommended, as well as basic Windows navigation skills and prior experience managing projects using Microsoft Project.

Course Level: Intermediate

About The Program
This course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to build, maintain and control well-formed project plans as well as preparing them for the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) exam.

Who Should Attend
This course is intended for both novice and experienced project managers and schedulers, or any user of Project 2007 stand-alone desktop features (this course excludes Project Server features). Participants may be involved in or responsible for scheduling, estimating, coordinating, controlling, budgeting and staffing of projects and supporting other users of Project 2007.

What You Will Learn
You’ll learn how to:

  • Create a well-formed project schedule
  • Assign resources to tasks
  • Understand task types and the schedule formula
  • Analyze resource utilization
  • Track progress
  • Customize and format Project 2007 views
  • Create project reports and analyze project, resource and task data
  • Manage multiple projects

Course Overview
Getting Started

  • Introductions
  • Course structure
  • Course goals and objectives

How to Enter Data into Project 2007

  • Understanding the nature of projects
  • Understanding Project 2007 file types
  • Navigating the Project 2007 interface
  • Getting help and guidance
  • Configuring options

How to Create and Set Up Projects

  • Creating and saving projects
  • Defining properties and options
  • Creating and organizing the task list
  • Importing data
  • Modifying and applying calendars
  • Setting scheduling options
  • Entering task estimates
  • Using a Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT) Analysis to estimate task durations
  • Linking and unlinking tasks
  • Adding lag or lead time
  • Creating and modifying deadlines, constraints and task calendars
  • Identifying critical tasks
  • Working with task drivers

How to Work With Resources and Project Budgets

  • Introducing resources, assignments and budgeting
  • Adding resources to the resource sheet
  • Creating and modifying resource assignments
  • Entering project budgets

Understanding Task Types and the Schedule Formula

  • Introducing task types and the schedule formula
  • Changing variables and predicting behavior
  • Applying task types to produce predictable behavior

How to Analyze Resource Utilization and Track Project Progress

  • Introducing resource utilization concepts
  • Viewing resource assignments, allocation and utilization
  • Managing resource availability
  • Optimizing and leveling resource assignments
  • Working with baselines
  • Entering duration, work and cost updates
  • Discovering variances
  • Troubleshooting and getting back on track

How to Create, Customize and Format Reports

  • Selecting, editing and creating basic reports
  • Configuring print and page setup options
  • Setting options to correct printing issues
  • Exporting reporting data
  • Creating and modifying visual reports
  • Formatting screen elements
  • Creating and modifying templates, calendars, fields, tables, formulas, filters, groups and custom views

How to Manage Multiple Projects

  • Introducing management of multiple projects
  • Creating consolidated views and master projects
  • Creating links between projects
  • Calculating single or multiple critical paths
  • Saving and opening multiple projects
  • Sharing resources and analyzing resource utilization across multiple projects

Note: To attend this course, you will need to bring a laptop with Microsoft Office Project 2007 Standard or Professional edition with the latest service packs. You may obtain a trial version of this software from Microsoft. You will also need a CD-ROM drive and the power supply for your laptop.

Project Orange Belt® 2010 will be available in October 2010.

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