Microsoft Project - Task Management

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This course provides a comprehensive introduction to Project Managers, Business Managers, or anyone responsible for scheduling tasks and resources.  This intermediate level course gives participants the skills necessary to develop, implement, schedule and manage project plans for roading, bridges, land developments, buildings etc.

Attendees will create a project with a list of tasks, build task relationships, assign resources, manage the project against the Baseline, and use Project views and reports to present information to clients, managers and staff. A working knowledge of Excel would be an advantage. 

This hands-on course provides participants with a practical understanding of:
  • Project Task Management planning skills
  • The skills/tools for planning and controlling tasks within projects that will meet the needs of stakeholders
  • The rules of project planning
  • Tools for managing common tasks
  • Current best practices in the project industry
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1 day course.

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Rodney Penney

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$520 per person + GST

(Minimum numbers apply before a course is confirmed)

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Topics include

  • Navigating project views
  • How project holds data
  • Mouse and keyboard shortcuts
  • Task filtering for information
  • Starting a project
  • Managing the master calendar
  • Entering / editing tasks
  • Adding different duration types
  • Summary tasks
  • Project summary task
  • Linking of tasks on the Gantt chart
  • Adding lag and lead times
  • Understanding constraints / deadlines
  • Adding basic resources
  • Adding basic costs
  • Reviewing your current project
  • Creating a baseline
  • Tracking progress of tasks
  • Adding hyperlinks / notes
  • Formatting projects
  • Creating critical / slack Gantt charts for tracking
  • Printing your projects
  • Comminicating using reports
  • Consolidating and linking projects to a master plan
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On completion of this course participants will

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of project management
  • Plan and manage tasks within a project
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to link tasks
  • Demonstrate the use of lag and lead
  • Structure a project with summary tasks for better management planning and reporting
  • Use the Project Summary to show the total duration
  • Explain the use of constraints on projects
  • Add basic resources to tasks
  • Understand the use of a baseline
  • Add basic costs to projects
  • Adding hyperlinks, notes to task
  • Formatting Gantt charts for improved presentations
  • Manage project tasks and being able to update project progress
  • Communication project information a with stakeholders
  • Transfer the master calendar to the basic template
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Who should attend

This intermediate level course is designed for new, basic or self-taught users of Microsoft Project (MS Project). The attendees could be Project Managers, Business Managers and those responsible for planning, scheduling tasks and resources to meet planned goals for projects. MS Project can be used to manage the progress and budget of projects eg; building bridges, roading, sub-divisions, creating tenders, buildings.

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Presenter information

Rodney Penney, of PC Applications Limited, is a highly experienced trainer with a friendly and inclusive approach and he is able to draw out the wealth of experiences participants often have.

Rodney’s qualifications include Microsoft Office Master Instructor, a teaching certificate, and Level One Instructors Certificate for both Skiing and Snowboarding.  Rodney had been training in the corporate world for over 20 years and has a wealth of computer experience.  He has trained many project managers and users of project management software from a great variety of industries.  Participants have always enjoyed the course participation and have imparted knowledge and individual experiences to the group.  

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