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Microsoft Project 2013 Exam Prep Bootcamp

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Course duration

  • 3 Days

Course Outline

This Microsoft Project 2013 Exam Prep Bootcamp training provides students with the knowledge and skills to master Microsoft Project 2013 and pass the 74-343 MCTS exam. The course is intended for novice and experienced users of Microsoft Project 2013.

  • Understand the Project 2013 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 how to set up and use Lync integration.
  • Learn to work with Project custom fields.
  • Prepare for the 74-343 MCTS exam.
  • General Project Management knowledge.
  • Understand basic scheduling principles.
  1. Project Management Overview
    1. Project Management Overview
  2. Microsoft Project 2013 Overview
    1. Introducing the Global.mpt file
    2. Understanding the Ribbon Interface
    3. Understanding the User Interface
    4. Understanding the Ribbon
    5. Customizing the User Interface
    6. Assessing and Using the Backstage
    7. Navigating in Project 2013
    8. Understanding the Planning Wizard
    9. Understanding Gantt Chart Symbols
    10. Creating a Three-Tiered Timescale
  3. Inside Microsoft Project 2013
    1. Understanding the Microsoft Project 2013 Data Model
    2. Understanding Views
      1. Using Single Views and Combination Views
    3. Understanding Tables
      1. Understanding Filters
      2. Applying a Standard Filter
      3. Applying a Highlight Filter
    4. Understanding Groups
      1. Applying a Group
  4. Project Definition
    1. Creating a New Project from a Template
      1. Creating a New Project from a Template
      2. Creating a New Project from an Existing Project
      3. Creating a New Project from an Excel Workbook
      4. Creating a New Project from a SharePoint Task List
    2. Defining a New Project
      1. Set the Project Start Date
      2. Enter the Project Properties
      3. Display the Project Summary Task
      4. Set the Project Working Schedule
      5. Set Options Unique to this Project
      6. Save the Project
  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
      1. Entering and Editing Tasks
      2. Entering Manually Scheduled Tasks
      3. Moving Tasks
      4. Inserting Tasks
      5. Deleting Tasks
    6. Creating the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
      1. Inserting Summary Tasks
      2. Creating a Manually Scheduled Summary Task
    7. Creating Milestones
    8. Using Task Notes and Cell Background Formatting
    9. Using Task Dependencies
      1. Setting Task Dependencies
      2. Linking Manually Scheduled Tasks
      3. Removing a Task Dependency
      4. Using Lag Time with Dependencies
      5. Using Lead Time with Dependencies
      6. Understanding Schedule Warnings and Suggestions
      7. Using the Respect Links Feature
      8. Using the Task Inspector
      9. Using Alternate Methods to Set Dependencies
    10. Setting Task Constraints and Deadline Dates
      1. Setting Constraints
      2. Adding Notes on Tasks with Constraints
      3. Understanding Flexible and Inflexible Constraints
      4. Understanding Planning Wizard Messages about Constraints
      5. Understanding Task Scheduling Changes
      6. Using Deadline Dates
      7. Viewing Missed Constraints and Deadline Dates
    11. Assigning Task Calendars
    12. Understanding Duration-Based and Effort-Based Planning
    13. Using the Task Inspector to Determine Task Drivers
    14. Creating Recurring Tasks
    15. Planning for Known Fixed Costs
  6. Project Resource Planning
    1. Defining Project Resources
    2. Creating Work Resources
      1. Entering Custom Resource Information
      2. Entering General Information
      3. Changing Working Time
      4. Entering Cost Information
      5. Entering Resource Notes
      6. Using the Custom Fields Page
    3. Creating Generic Resources
    4. Creating Material Resources
    5. Creating Cost Resources
      1. Creating a Budget Cost Resource
      2. Creating an Expense Cost Resource
    6. Sorting Resources in the Resource Sheet View
    7. Inserting New Resources in the Resource Sheet View
    8. Setting Up and Using Lync Integration
    9. Lab: Project Resource Planning
  7. Project Assignment Planning
    1. Understanding Assignments
      1. Using a Work Estimation Methodology
      2. Assigning Resources Using a Best Practice
    2. Assigning Resources to Tasks
    3. Using the Task Entry View
    4. Using the Assign Resources Dialog
    5. Understanding the Duration Equation
    6. Setting the Cost Rate Table
    7. Assigning Material Resources
    8. Assigning Cost Resources
    9. Using Effort Driven Scheduling
    10. Using Non-Effort Driven Scheduling
    11. Replacing Resources Assigned to Tasks
    12. Understanding Resoursce Overallocation
    13. Leveling Overallocated Resources
    14. Leveling Overallocations Using the Resource Usage View
    15. Changing Schedule Information in the Team Planner View
    16. Leveling Resource Overallocations in the Team Planner View
    17. Leveling Resource Overallocations in a Task View
    18. Understanding the Intricacies of Manually Scheduled Tasks
    19. Understanding Unsupported Task Features
    20. Understanding Work Value Calculations for Calendar Exceptions
  8. Project Execution
    1. Understanding the Execution Process
    2. Rescheduling an Unstarted Project
    3. Viewing the Critical Path
    4. Working with Project Baselines
      1. Saving a Project Baseline
      2. Saving a "Rolling Baseline"
      3. Saving Over a Previous Baseline
      4. Viewing the Project Baseline
      5. Clearing the Project Baseline
      6. Using Additional Baselines
    5. Tracking Project Progress
      1. Entering Progress Using Percent Complete
      2. Entering Progress Using Actual Work and Remaining Work
      3. Entering Progress Using a Daily Timesheet
      4. Entering Progress for an Expense Cost Resource
    6. Rescheduling Uncompleted Work
    7. Rescheduling a Task
    8. Setting Tasks to Inactive
    9. Synchronizing with a SharePoint Tasks List
  9. Variance Analysis, Plan Revision, and Change Control
    1. Understanding Variance
      1. Understanding Variance Types
      2. Calculating Variance
      3. Understanding Actual vs. Estimated Variance
    2. Analyzing Project Variance
      1. Analyzing Date Variance
      2. Analyzing Work Variance
      3. Analyzing Cost Variance
    3. Understanding Custom Views
    4. Creating a New Custom View Using a Four-Step Method
      1. Creating a Custom Table
      2. Creating a Custom Filter
      3. Creating a Custom Group
      4. Creating a New Custom View
    5. Creating a Combination View
      1. Using the Organizer
      2. Copying Custom Objects
    6. Renaming and Deleting Custom Objects
    7. Revising a Project Plan
      1. Potential Problems with Revising a Plan
    8. Using a Change Control Process
      1. Inserting New Tasks in a Project
    9. Rebaselining Your Project
      1. Backing Up an Original Baseline
      2. Rebaselining the Entire Project
      3. Baselining Only Selected Tasks
      4. Rebaselining Only Unstarted Tasks
      5. Rebaselining the Entire Project Using an Alternate Baseline
    10. Viewing Multiple Baselines
  10. Basic Project Reporting
    1. Reporting in Microsoft Project 2013
    2. Using Enhanced Copy and Paste
    3. Using the Timeline with the Gantt Chart View
      1. Adding a Task to the Timeline
      2. Formatting the Timeline View
      3. Adding Tasks Using the Contextual Format Ribbon
      4. Exporting the Timeline View
    4. Creating a New Table by Customizing an Existing Table
      1. Customizing an Existing Table and Creating a New Table
      2. Customizing a Table Using the Add New Column Feature
    5. Creating a New View by Customizing an Existing View
      1. Resetting a Default View and Table after Customization
    6. Formatting the Gantt Chart
      1. Using the Format Tools
      2. Using the Columns Tools
      3. Using the Bar Styles Tools
      4. Using the Gantt Chart Style Tools
      5. Using the Show/Hide Tools
      6. Using the Drawing Tools
    7. Formatting the Team Planner View
    8. Formatting Other Views
    9. Printing Views
    10. Attaching Documentation to a Project
  11. Advanced Project Reporting
    1. Understanding the New Reports
    2. Customizing an Existing Report
    3. Creating a New Report
    4. Printing a Report
    5. Sharing a Report with Another Office Application
    6. Managing Reports
    7. Using Visual Reports
    8. Creating Visual Report Templates
  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

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