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Microsoft Project 2010 Exam Prep Bootcamp

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Course duration

  • 3 Days

Course Outline

This Microsoft Project 2010 Exam Prep Bootcamp training provides students with the knowledge and skills to master Microsoft Project 2010 and pass the 70-178 MCTS exam. The course is intended for novice and experienced users of Microsoft Project 2010.

  • Understand the Project 2010 Interface.
  • Learn to create a new project.
  • Learn to plan Project Tasks.
  • Learn to plan Project Resources.
  • Learn to work with Project Assignments.
  • Learn to track project progress.
  • Learn to use Microsoft Project variance analysis and change control.
  • Learn to create and use project reports.
  • Learn to close out projects.
  • Learn to work with Project custom fields.
  • Pass the 70-178 MCTS exam.
  • General Project Management knowledge.
  • Understand basic scheduling principles.
  1. Project Management Overview
    1. Project Management Overview
  2. Microsoft Project 2010 Overview
    1. Introducing the Global.mpt file
    2. Understanding the Ribbon Interface
    3. Understanding the Ribbon
    4. Using the Backstage
    5. Using Navigation Features
    6. Customizing the User Interface
    7. Understanding the Planning Wizard
    8. Understanding Gantt chart Symbols
    9. Creating a Three-Tiered Timescale
    10. Lab: Microsoft Project 2010 Overview
      1. Explore the Ribbon and Backstage
      2. Explore new navigation features
      3. Customize the ribbon by adding a new ribbon tab and ribbon buttons
      4. Customize the Quick Access Toolbar
      5. Export the ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar customization setting to a file
      6. Display the fiscal year on the top tier of a three-tiered timescale
  3. Inside Microsoft Project 2010
    1. Understanding the Microsoft Project Data Model
    2. Understanding Views
    3. Using Single Views and Combination Views
    4. Understanding Tables
    5. Understanding Filters
    6. Applying a Standard Filter
    7. Applying a Highlight Filter
    8. Understanding Groups
    9. Applying a Group
    10. Lab: Inside Microsoft Project 2010
      1. Apply task and resource views in Microsoft Project 2010
      2. Apply task and resource tables in Microsoft Project 2010
      3. Explore the new filters in Microsoft Project 2010
      4. Apply a standard filter and a highlight filter in Microsoft Project 2010
      5. Experiment with the new groups in Microsoft Project 2010
      6. Apply a resource group in Microsoft Project 2010
  4. Project Definition
    1. Creating a New Project from a Template
    2. Creating a New Project from an Existing Project
    3. Creating a New Project from a SharePoint Task List
    4. Defining a New Project
    5. Set the Project Start Date
    6. Enter the Project Properties
    7. Display the Project Summary Task
    8. Set the Project Working Schedule
    9. Adding Nonworking Time to the Standard Calendar
    10. Setting the Working Schedule
    11. Creating a New Base Calendar
    12. Setting the Project Calendar
    13. Set Options Unique to this Project
    14. Setting the Task Mode Option
    15. Setting Options in the Project Options Dialog
    16. Setting General Options
    17. Setting Display Options
    18. Setting Schedule Options
    19. Setting Proofing Options
    20. Setting Save Options
    21. Setting Language Options
    22. Setting Advanced Options
    23. Setting Add-Ins Options
    24. Setting Trust Center Options
    25. Save the Project
    26. Saving a Project as an Alternate File Type
    27. Saving a Project File as a PDF or XPS Document
    28. Understanding Reduced Functionality with Older Project File Formats
    29. Opening a Project Created in an Older Version of Microsoft Project
    30. Saving a Project to SharePoint
    31. Sharing a Project via E-Mail
    32. Lab: Project Definition
      1. Create a new project from an Office.com template
      2. Enter Project Properties
      3. Enter the properties information for a project
      4. Display the Project Summary Task in a project
      5. Set the Project Working Schedule
      6. Set a company holiday that occurs on a fixed date every year on the Standard calendar
      7. Set a company holiday that occurs on a designated day of the week every year on the Standard calendar
      8. Create a partial working day on the Standard calendar
      9. Change the default working schedule on a calendar for staff members who work on the second shift from 3:00 PM - Midnight each day
      10. Schedule work that occurs only on a Saturday or Sunday
      11. Create a base calendar called 7-Day Work Week that schedules work every day of the week
      12. Examine the Project calendar and Non-Working Time calendar for a project
      13. Specify the settings recommended by msProjectExperts in the Project Options dialog
      14. Save a project file using the company naming convention
      15. Save a project using several alternate file types
  5. Project Task PlanningProject Task PlanningLessons
    1. Understanding the Task Planning Process
    2. Auto-Wrapping Task Names
    3. Understanding Change Highlighting
    4. Understanding Manually Scheduled vs. Auto Scheduled Tasks
    5. Using Basic Task Planning Skills
    6. Entering and Editing Tasks
    7. Entering Manually Scheduled Tasks
    8. Moving Tasks
    9. Inserting Tasks
    10. Deleting Tasks
    11. Creating the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
    12. Inserting Summary Tasks
    13. Creating a Manually Scheduled Summary Task
    14. Creating Milestones
    15. Inserting a Milestone Task
    16. Using Task Notes and Cell Background Formatting
    17. Understanding Task Dependencies
    18. Setting Task Dependencies
    19. Linking Manually Scheduled Tasks
    20. Removing a Task Dependency
    21. Using Lag Time with Dependencies
    22. Using Lead Time with Dependencies
    23. Understanding Schedule Warnings and Suggestions
    24. Using the Respect Links Feature
    25. Using the Task Inspector
    26. Using Alternate Methods to Set Dependencies
    27. Setting Task Constraints and Deadline Dates
    28. Setting Constraints
    29. Adding Notes on Tasks with Constraints
    30. Understanding Flexible and Inflexible Constraints
    31. Understanding Planning Wizard Messages about Constraints
    32. Understanding Task Scheduling Changes
    33. Using Deadline Dates
    34. Viewing Missed Constraints and Deadline Dates
    35. Assigning Task Calendars
    36. Understanding Duration-Based and Effort-Based Planning
    37. Estimating Task Durations
    38. Using the Task Inspector to Determine Task Drivers
    39. Creating Recurring Tasks
    40. Planning for Known Fixed Costs
    41. Lab: Project Task Planning
      1. Use basic task planning skills to define the task list in the Training Advisor Rollout project
      2. Drag and drop tasks into the correct order in a project
      3. Insert a new task
      4. Delete an unnecessary task
      5. Create the Work Breakdown Structure for the Training Advisor Rollout project
      6. Create milestone tasks to denote the completion date of each phase and for project completion
      7. Add task notes and apply cell background formatting to tasks in a project
      8. Set each of the four types of task dependencies for Auto Scheduled and Manually Scheduled tasks
      9. Add lag time and lead time on task dependencies
      10. Link Manually Scheduled tasks and then use the Task Inspector tool
      11. Edit task dependencies using alternate methods
      12. Set task dependencies in your Training Advisor Rollout project using any of the previous methods
      13. Respond to schedule Warnings in your Training Advisor Rollout project
      14. Use constraints in the Training Advisor Rollout project to resolve issues
      15. Set a deadline date for the entire project
      16. Assign a task calendar
      17. Enter estimated task durations for tasks
      18. Determine task drivers for a task
      19. Create a recurring task for project status meetings
      20. Plan for a known fixed cost
  6. Project Resource Planning
    1. Defining Project Resources
    2. Creating Work Resources
    3. Entering Custom Resource Information
    4. Entering General Information
    5. Changing Working Time
    6. Entering Cost Information
    7. Entering Resource Notes
    8. Using the Custom Fields Page
    9. Creating Generic Resources
    10. Creating Material Resources
    11. Creating Cost Resources
    12. Creating a Budget Cost Resource
    13. Creating an Expense Cost Resource
    14. Sorting Resources in the Resource Sheet View
    15. Inserting New Resources in the Resource Sheet View
    16. Planning for Known Fixed Costs
    17. Lab: Project Resource Planning
      1. Enter Work resources in the project team
      2. Specify working schedule information for two members of the project team
      3. Enter custom cost information and notes for two members of the project team
      4. Create a generic resource
      5. Create a Material resource
      6. Create a Budget Cost resource and an Expense Cost resource
      7. Apply a three-level sorting by the resource Type value, by the Group value, and by the Resource Name value
  7. Project Assignment Planning
    1. Understanding Assignments
    2. Using a Work Estimation Methodology
    3. Assigning Resources Using a Best Practice
    4. Assigning Resources to Tasks
    5. Using the Task Entry View
    6. Using the Assign Resources Dialog
    7. Understanding the Duration Equation
    8. Understanding Task Types
    9. Understanding the Peak and Assignment Units Fields
    10. Setting the Cost Rate Table
    11. Assigning Material Resources
    12. Assigning Cost Resources
    13. Using Expense Cost Resources
    14. Using Effort Driven Scheduling
    15. Using Non-Effort Driven Scheduling
    16. Replacing Resources Assigned to Tasks
    17. Using the Team Planner View
    18. Leveling an Overallocated Resource in the Team Planner View
    19. Dragging Tasks in the Team Planner View
    20. Changing Schedule Information in the Team Planner View
    21. Understanding Resource Overallocation
    22. Locating Resource Overallocations
    23. Leveling Overallocated Resources
    24. Using a Leveling Methodology
    25. Setting Leveling Options
    26. Leveling an Overallocated Resource
    27. Viewing Leveling Results
    28. Clearing Leveling Results
    29. Setting Task Priority Numbers
    30. Leveling Resource Overallocations in a Task View
    31. Understanding the Intricacies of Manually Scheduled Tasks
    32. Understanding Unsupported Task Features
    33. Understanding Work Value Calculations for Calendar Exceptions
    34. Lab: Project Assignment Planning
      1. Apply the Task Entry view and assign resources
      2. Assign resources to tasks using the Assign Resources dialog
      3. Change the variables in the Duration Equation for tasks with different Task Types
      4. Study the Assignment Units and Peak fields in Microsoft Project 2010
      5. Cost assignments using a higher t Standard Rate value specified on Cost Rate Table B
      6. Assign a Material resource to a task
      7. Assign a Budget Cost resource and an Expense Cost resource to tasks
      8. Use Effort Driven scheduling to shorten the duration of a task
      9. Use Effort Driven scheduling by adding a resource to a task where the existing resource has completed some actual work
      10. Locate an available human resource with the right skills to replace the generic resource
      11. Substitute an available human resource for a generic resource
      12. Use the Team Planner view to analyze resource assignments and to level resource overallocations
      13. Locate resource overallocations and then level overallocated resources
      14. Locate and resolve resource overallocations in the Gantt Chart view
      15. Disable overallocation warning messages for a task assigned to an overallocated resource
      16. Set up Microsoft Project 2010 to view the dates and times for the start and finish of each task
      17. Study the behavior of Default Day and Elapsed Time exceptions
      18. Study the effect of Elapsed Time exceptions on resource leveling
  8. Project Execution
    1. Understanding the Execution Process
    2. Rescheduling an Unstarted Project
    3. Viewing the Critical Path
    4. Working with Project Baselines
    5. Saving a Project Baseline
    6. Saving a "Rolling Baseline"
    7. Saving Over a Previous Baseline
    8. Viewing the Project Baseline
    9. Clearing the Project Baseline
    10. Using Additional Baselines
    11. Tracking Project Progress
    12. Entering Progress Using Percent Complete
    13. Entering Progress Using Actual Work and Remaining Work
    14. Entering Progress Using a Daily Timesheet
    15. Entering Progress for an Expense Cost Resource
    16. Specifying the Current Date or the Status Date
    17. Rescheduling Uncompleted Work
    18. Rescheduling a Task
    19. Setting Tasks to Inactive
    20. Synchronizing with a SharePoint Tasks List
    21. Adding Fields to the Task Synchronization Process
    22. Reporting Progress Using a SharePoint Tasks List
    23. Lab: Project Execution
      1. Reschedule the Start date of an unstarted project
      2. Display the Critical Path and Total Slack
      3. Save a baseline
      4. Enter project progress using the Percent Complete method
      5. Enter project progress using the Actual Work and Remaining Work method
      6. Enter project progress using the daily timesheet method
      7. Add this additional status information to a project
      8. Enter project progress for recurring tasks
      9. Enter actual expense information for an Expense Cost resource
      10. Reschedule uncompleted work from the past reporting period into the current reporting period
      11. Put a project "on hold" by rescheduling tasks in the project to a start date one week in the future
      12. Cancel an unneeded task by setting its status to Inactive
  9. Variance Analysis, Plan Revision, and Change Control
    1. Understanding Variance
    2. Understanding Variance Types
    3. Calculating Variance
    4. Understanding Actual vs. Estimated Variance
    5. Analyzing Project Variance
    6. Analyzing Date Variance
    7. Analyzing Work Variance
    8. Analyzing Cost Variance
    9. Understanding Custom Views
    10. What Is A View?
    11. Creating a New Custom View Using a Four-Step Method
    12. Creating a Custom Table
    13. Creating a Custom Filter
    14. Creating a Custom Group
    15. Creating a New Custom View
    16. Creating a Combination View
    17. Using the Organizer
    18. Copying Custom Objects
    19. Renaming and Deleting Custom Objects
    20. Revising a Project Plan
    21. Potential Problems with Revising a Plan
    22. Using a Change Control Process
    23. Inserting New Tasks in a Project
    24. Rebaselining Your Project
    25. Backing Up an Original Baseline
    26. Rebaselining the Entire Project
    27. Baselining Only Selected Tasks
    28. Rebaselining Only Unstarted Tasks
    29. Rebaselining the Entire Project Using an Alternate Baseline
    30. Viewing Multiple Baselines
    31. Lab: Variance Analysis, Plan Revision, and Change Control
      1. Analyze schedule, date, work, and cost variance in a project
      2. Create a new custom table to show Duration variance data
      3. Create a custom filter to locate tasks where Duration exceeds Baseline Duration
      4. Create a new custom group to apply grouping tasks by Duration Variance in descending order in 1-day intervals
      5. Make a copy of the Tracking Gantt view and then modify the copy to create a custom view that shows all tasks with a Duration Variance value greater than 0 days. Apply the filter as a highlight filter.
      6. Create a custom combination view to troubleshoot task dependency problems
      7. Use the Organizer dialog to view the new custom objects
      8. Add resources and adjusting resource availability to bring a project "back on track" against its original baseline schedule
      9. Add a task to an existing project to account for variance
      10. Backup the original project baseline information in the Baseline 1 set of fields
      11. Baseline only selected tasks
      12. View the new project baseline
      13. Rebaseline a project using the Baseline 2 set of fields
      14. Configure Microsoft Project 2010 using the Baseline 2 set of fields to calculate variance
      15. Set up the Tracking Gantt view in Microsoft Project 2010 to show the Baseline 2 schedule as gray Gantt bars
      16. View alternate baseline schedule information in a project
  10. Project Reporting
    1. Reporting in Microsoft Project 2010
    2. Using Enhanced Copy and Paste
    3. Using the Timeline with the Gantt Chart View
    4. Adding a Task to the Timeline
    5. Formatting the Timeline View
    6. Adding Tasks Using the Contextual Format Ribbon
    7. Exporting the Timeline View
    8. Creating a New Table by Customizing an Existing Table
    9. Customizing an Existing Table and Creating a New Table
    10. Customizing a Table Using the Add New Column Feature
    11. Creating a New View by Customizing an Existing View
    12. Resetting a Default View and Table after Customization
    13. Formatting the Gantt Chart
    14. Using the Format Tools
    15. Using the Columns Tools
    16. Using the Bar Styles Tools
    17. Using the Gantt Chart Style Tools
    18. Using the Show/Hide Tools
    19. Using the Drawing Tools
    20. Customizing the Team Planner View
    21. Formatting Other Views
    22. Lab: Project Reporting
      1. Copy and paste task data from Microsoft Project 2010 to another Microsoft Office application
      2. Copy and paste task data from a Microsoft Office application to Microsoft Project 2010
      3. Add tasks to the Timeline view
      4. Customize the Timeline view
      5. Export the Timeline view to another Microsoft Office application
      6. Add several new custom columns using the Add New Column virtual column
      7. Create a new custom view by saving a customized default view
      8. Rename and delete objects using the Organizer dialog
      9. Format the text styles, gridlines, and the layout of Gantt bars in the Gantt Chart view of a project
      10. Format the columns in the Gantt Chart view of a project
      11. Format the objects displayed in the Gantt Chart view of a project
      12. Customize the Team Planner view
      13. Format the Task Usage view of a project
  11. Printing Views, Reports, and Visual Reports
    1. More about Project Reporting
    2. Printing Views
    3. Using Page Setup
    4. Creating a Header or Footer
    5. Setting Print Options
    6. Printing Reports
    7. Understanding Report and View Interaction
    8. Understanding Report Definition
    9. Creating Custom Reports
    10. Creating Custom Monthly Calendar Reports
    11. Creating Custom Crosstab Reports
    12. Using Visual Reports
    13. Viewing a Visual Report
    14. Customizing a Microsoft Excel Visual Report
    15. Customizing a Microsoft Visio Visual Report
    16. Saving Local OLAP Cube Data
    17. Creating Visual Report Templates
    18. Editing Visual Report Templates
    19. Managing Your Visual Report Templates
    20. Lab: Printing Views, Reports, and Visual Reports
      1. Use the Page Setup dialog to print a specific number of columns in a view
      2. Use the Page Setup dialog to add one or more notes pages when you print the Gantt Chart view
      3. the Page Setup dialog to create a custom header for the Gantt Chart view
      4. Use Remove the legend section from the bottom of the page and then print a selected date range for the Gantt Chart view
      5. Examine the various default reports included in Microsoft Project 2010
      6. Troubleshoot printing problems with the Cash Flow report
      7. Troubleshoot printing problems with the Who Does What When report
      8. View the definition of a task report and a resource report
      9. Create a custom task report based on the new table and filter used in the custom _Duration Slippage view
      10. Create a custom monthly calendar report to show the tasks assigned to any resource
      11. Create a monthly version of the Cash Flow report that displays both tasks and assignments
      12. View visual reports in Microsoft Project 2010
      13. Customize the PivotTable in an Excel visual report
      14. Customize the PivotChart in an Excel visual report
      15. Create a new visual report template
      16. Format the PivotChart section of a new visual report template
  12. Project Closure
    1. Using Project Closure Methodologies
    2. Closing a Project
    3. Cancelling Unnecessary Tasks
    4. Marking Milestones as Complete
    5. Saving a Completed Project as a Template
    6. Creating a New Project from a Template
    7. Using the Compare Project Versions Tool
    8. Lab: Project Closure
      1. Cancel an unneeded task during closeout
      2. Mark all milestone tasks as 100% complete to complete
      3. Clean up the tasks in a project to prepare to save it as a project template
      4. Clean up the resources in a project to prepare to save it as a project template
      5. Save the "cleaned up" project file as a project template
      6. Create a new project from the project template
      7. Use the Compare Project Versions tool to compare the baselined and completed versions of a project
  13. Additional Exam Prep Topics
    1. Understanding Custom Fields
    2. Defining Custom Fields Cancelling Unnecessary Tasks
    3. Defining a Free Entry Custom Field
    4. Defining a Custom Field with a Lookup Table
    5. Defining a Custom Field with a Formula
    6. Defining a Custom Field with Graphical Indicator
    7. Defining a Custom Outline Code
    8. Deleting a Custom Field or Outline Code
    9. Creating and Using a Master Project
    10. Setting External Dependencies
    11. Viewing the Critical Path in a Master Project
    12. Viewing Resource Assignment Information across Multiple Projects
    13. Attaching Documentation to a Project
    14. Linking a Document to a Task in a Project
    15. Inserting a Hyperlink in a Project
    16. Exporting a Microsoft Project File to Excel
    17. Exporting a Project Image to another Application
    18. Lab: Additional Exam Prep Topics
      1. Create a custom text field
      2. Create a custom text field with a value list
      3. Create a custom field with a formula to calculate the percentage of work variance
      4. Define a custom field to calculate the percentage of Work exceeding original Baseline Work
      5. Define a custom resource outline code to track resource geographical location
      6. Display new custom fields in a task view
      7. Connect three projects to a shared resource pool file
      8. Create a new master project consisting of three subprojects
      9. Create cross-project dependencies between subprojects of a master project
      10. View the Critical Path in a master project
      11. View and analyze resource assignments in a master project
      12. Attach a document to a project using a link (shortcut) and a hyperlink
      13. Export cost data from a Microsoft Project 2010 file into a Microsoft Excel workbook
      14. Export an image file to another Microsoft Office application

Ultimate Study Guide: Foundations Microsoft Project 2010 (Exam 70-178)

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