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Microsoft® Project Certifications
Project Black Belt® 2007
Managing Projects and Programs with Microsoft® Office
Project Server 2007
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4 Days
28 PDUs / 2.8 CEUs
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Eight 3-hour sessions
24 PDUs / 2.4 CEUs

A solid understanding of key project management concepts and terminology as found in PMI®’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) is recommended. Extensive hands-on experience is also recommended in both Project Professional 2007 and Project Web Access 2007.

Project Orange Belt® and Project Blue Belt® courses are required before taking Black Belt. However, participants may skip these prerequisite courses if they can demonstrate successful completion of the equivalent Microsoft certification exam(s).

Course Level: Intermediate/Advanced

About The Program
This course will address managing complex projects and programs using Project Server 2007 and Project Professional 2007. It requires practitioners to apply project management methodology and experience to the management of projects and program schedules in a Microsoft Office Enterprise Project Management (EPM) 2007 environment.

Who Should Attend
This course is intended for project managers, program managers, members of the Project Management Office as well as those participating in the deployment of an EPM solution who are responsible for managing, analyzing and reporting on projects and programs in the Microsoft Office EPM environment. Course participants should be able to recommend Office EPM environment configurations to create solutions for business problems.

What You Will Learn
You’ll learn how to:

  • Manage enterprise projects, programs and portfolios
  • Work with the Microsoft EPM Solution
  • Define a standardized methodology for program management
  • Define and create the enterprise environment
  • Set up the program
  • Plan the program
  • Manage the program resources
  • Track timesheets and task progress
  • Perform Earned Value Management (EVM)
  • Report and analyze the program data
  • Manage project workspaces for programs and the queue
  • Close the program and refine the environment

Course Overview
How to Manage Enterprise Projects, Programs and Portfolios

  • Managing projects, programs and portfolios in an enterprise
  • Understanding program management standards and terminology
  • Understanding the EPM solution
  • Navigating the EPM solution interfaces

Understanding Program Management

  • Program management in the organization
  • Defining the policies and procedures of program management
  • Program life cycle process and phases

Defining and Creating the Enterprise Environment

  • Reviewing the default settings of Project Server 2007
  • Implementing changes in an enterprise environment
  • Working with and setting up a program
  • Customizing permissions and enterprise custom fields

How to Plan the Program

  • Developing a detailed plan of the program
  • Establishing project interdependencies in a program
  • Finalizing the program plan
  • Adding and deleting a project and resetting the baseline
  • Proposing and implementing updates to improve the planning process

How to Manage Enterprise Resources

  • Updating the enterprise resource pool and replacing resources
  • Refining the program plan by identifying critical resources
  • Managing and configuring timesheets and task progress
  • Proposing improvements to timesheet and task progress configurations
  • Reporting time and managing timesheets and task progress

How to Perform Earned Value Management

  • Applying EVM
  • Using EVM in Microsoft Project 2007
  • Creating and modifying views and reports for EVM analysis

Understanding, Reporting and Analyzing Program Data

  • Customizing the enterprise fields and views to track a program
  • Proposing changes to the look and feel of a program
  • Working with an Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) Cube and a data analysis view
  • Generating and modifying data analysis views
  • Configuring a workspace for a project in a program
  • Managing the queue

How to Close the Program and Refine the Environment

  • Closing and archiving a program
  • Refining an enterprise environment
  • Making changes to an EPM environment


  • What did we learn, and how can we implement this in our work environments?

Project Black Belt® 2010 will be available in June 2011.

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