The world can be divided into two groups: the people who have not worked with MS Project and think it will be easy, and the people who have worked with and know it can be a real challenge. We think the number of people that reverts back to Excel is too high. Main reason for this is that the learnings are not brought into practice directly.

We have recognized the importance of following a set learning curve for the likelihood that a learner will actually embed his or her learning objectives in every day work life. That is why we have organized our courses around five maturity levels that you can LEARN today, and EMBED tomorrow: Baby, Child, Teenager, Young Adult and Adult.

Many people aim for a very professional schedule too fast. They will find themselves in a situation where it takes too much time to reliably update the schedule. Of course it is a good ambition, but low hanging fruit should not be neglected. Even more, a simple schedule that is reliable and for which you have the time and knowledge to maintain is much, much better than having no schedule at all, or having a very ‘sophisticated’ schedule that is too hard to maintain.

The 5 courses will cover the topics:

Milestones & Project Health – Maturity Level 1:

- Project Management Fundamentals: Scope, Risk, Deliverables, Benefits, Issues etc
- Scheduling Terminology and why you Need to Have a Schedule
- The Right Order to Set Up a Schedule
- Explanatory Tour Through Microsoft Project
- Create your Own MS Project File vs Using Our Template
- How to Report on Project Status and Major Milestones
- How and When to Set Milestones
- Milestones as Connecting Points to Other Schedules
- How and When to Set a Deadline
- How and Why to set the Status Date
- Report your Project with a Customized Highlight Report

Task Management – Maturity Level 2:

- What is a PBS (Product Breakdown Structure) and a WBS (Work Breakdown Structure)
- Importance of Ordering Activities
- PBS/WBS Best Practices
- Tasks, Summary Tasks and Outdent levels
- Durations and their Estimates
- Estimating Principles
- Adding Tasks to the Baseline
- Schedule Quality Assessment
- Update Tasks
- Record Task Progress
- Reschedule Incomplete Work in one Go
- Evaluate the Project Schedule
- Reporting on Task Progress

Critical Path Management – Maturity Level 3: 

- Making Links between Tasks
- Lag and Lead
- Guidelines for Linking Tasks
- Link Types
- Constraints and the proper use of Constraints
- Critical Path
- Slack (Total Slack and Free Slack)
- Check on Dangling Tasks (Tasks that have no links yet)
- Critical Path Management
- Dependencies with Other Projects
- Adding a Dependency by Typing the Link Path
- How to see the external link in MSP?
- The Link Between Projects Window
- Dealing with Updates
- Updating Tasks
- Evaluating and Optimizing the Schedule
- What Lessons to Learn from your Progress against Baseline
- Comparing to Baseline to Structurally Improve Business Processes
- Managing against Deadlines

Resource Management – Maturity Level 4: 
- Preparations Before Resource Loading
- How MSP Calculates: The Iron Formula
- Fixed Work, Fixed Duration of Fixed Units – what to use when?
- Effort Driven Scheduling – yes or no?
- Resource Types
- Enter Resources Using the Resource Sheet
- Resource Calendar
- Generic vs. Specific Resources
- Assigning a Resource
- Dedicated vs non-dedicated assignments
- % Assignment on a task, effectiveness, and absence
- Explaining the different units % fields in MS Project
- Assignment Units vs. Peak (Units)
- Replacing a Resource
- Views for Resource Management
- Resource Graph
- Team Planner
- Resource Usage and Task Usage
- Task Form and Resource Form
- Resource Leveling
- Method 1: Level Resources Manually
- Method 2: Let MSP Level For You
- Level One Task at a Time
- Level Selection
- Level Resource
- Level All
- The Resource Allocation View
- The Leveling Algorithm Explained
- After Solving Resource over Allocation

Cost Management – Maturity Level 5: 
- Budget vs. Actual Costs
- How to Set Up a Project Budget
- How to Enter Costs for Resources
- How to Compare Cost to the Baseline
- Earned Value Management
- How to Set Up Your Schedule for Earned Value Management?
- Using the Earned Value Management Report
- How to Use the S-Curves
- How to Interpret the MS Project default Reports
- How to Present Your Project Status on Costs?
- Using the Highlight Report with cost Information
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