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Microsoft Project Courses

Undertake a Microsoft Project course and learn to use this leading project management software to create better project plans, assign resources to tasks, track progress, manage budgets and analyse workloads.

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Microsoft Project Courses

Microsoft Project courses teach you how to understand and use this powerful project management software. Courses vary in their scope, depending on the course provider and your own needs.

Introductory Project courses cover the basic tasks, such as creating a project and developing a project plan. More advanced Project courses can deal with such topics as assigning resources to tasks, tracking progress, managing budgets and analyzing workloads.

MS Project courses can help you ensure that your time is being used, and your projects are running, as efficiently as possible. If you are a project manager and creating project plans, it is essential that you understand how to get the most of your project planning software. Efficient use of your planning software will allow you to better assign critical path schedules, resource level schedules and ensure that the right project information is flowing through to the right project stakeholders.

An Industry Standard?

Microsoft Project has been around in various forms since 1984 (for PCs) and since 1991 (for Mac). While the program has developed in this time, it is still vital that users of MS Project have some understanding of Project Management basics. Project assumes a level of understanding in its subject area far more than any of the other Microsoft Office suite. Nearly anyone can open up Word and understand the basics of how to start typing. The majority of users out there understand words, sentences, and paragraphs. Word makes sense to these users because of this understanding.

Software-aided project plans

One of the great benefits of using computer software like Microsoft Project to develop and manage your project plans is the automation that the software can grant. By linking together tasks that follow each other, you will give yourself greater flexibility by allowing MS Project determine start dates based on the work required and the resources available for each task.

Additionally, Project is able to use constraints, whereby a task “cannot start earlier than” or must “finish no later than”. These aids can be used to great benefit by skilled users of MS Project; however, without sufficient training in the software, they can actually make the project longer than necessary!

When new to Project, it’s advisable to start project plans with the key tasks required for the project. Once they are in place, start building more detail to them, adding sub-tasks and resources to them.

Once you’ve taken a Microsoft Project course, make sure to then use Project as much as possible to retain your learning – the more you do, the more you learn. Use it for all your projects regardless of their size. If you’re running multiple projects at the same time, did you know you can create a master project into which you can insert each project plan? This can be extremely useful when managing scheduling conflicts.

There are Microsoft Project courses that are introductory level suitable for everyone on the project who will need to understand how to provide inputs into the project plan. Other courses are far more detailed and is targeted at the experienced project manager.

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