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Microsoft Projects (MS Projects) Training

5 Day Training

Dates: Available on Request
Locations: Johannesburg, South Africa
Platform: Available In-Class

Price: Available on Request

Course Introduction

This in-depth training course is designed to arm participants with the knowledge and skills to effectively manage projects using Microsoft Project, the leading project management software developed by Microsoft. Participants will learn how to create plans, assign resources, track progress, manage budgets, and analyse workloads. The course emphasizes industry-standard best practices, encouraging project managers to adopt effective project management strategies. By using Microsoft Project, professionals can enhance communication with stakeholders, improve accuracy by reducing manual errors, and increase efficiency in project management processes, leading to successful project completion and higher client satisfaction.

Course Objectives

The primary goals of this Microsoft Project training are to enable professionals to:

  • Acquire a comprehensive skill set, confidence, and knowledge for managing projects using Microsoft Project.

  • Gain the ability to educate other stakeholders on the effective use of Microsoft Project.

  • Develop the capacity to construct and manage project plans using Microsoft Project.

  • Understand and apply industry-standard best practices in project management.

  • Master the art of logical project planning and critical path method.

  • Efficiently plan budgets and allocate resources, preventing over or under-utilization.

  • Anticipate potential risks, devise strategies to mitigate them, and minimize their impact.

  • Prepare detailed schedules accounting for possible delays and disturbances.

  • Document all crucial project aspects and maintain robust communication among stakeholders.

  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously with a heightened level of skill and confidence.

Personal Benefits

Professionals enrolling in this course will benefit by:

  • Gaining increased competence in managing projects using Microsoft Project.

  • Being more equipped to train others in Microsoft Project for effective project planning and management.

  • Acquiring the ability to devise a logical and effective project plan.

  • Enhancing capabilities to simultaneously manage multiple projects.

  • Improving stakeholder management skills.

  • Gaining expertise in managing schedules and budgets.

  • Developing the ability to track progress and mitigate delays proactively.

  • Becoming more adept at anticipating and managing risks.

  • Expanding their potential to take on more significant project management roles, fostering career growth.

Who should attend?

This Microsoft Projects (MS Projects) Training is suited for:

  • Senior management requiring an understanding of Microsoft Project benefits.

  • Project managers, coordinators, and administrators tasked with managing multiple projects.

  • Project officers responsible for setting project management guidelines.

  • Stakeholders involved at various stages of the project life cycle.

  • Professionals interested in enhancing their project management skills using Microsoft Project.

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Training Methodology

Our diverse instructional approaches ensure effective learning:

– Lectures & Presentations: Engage with expert-driven, stimulating content.
– Course Material: Access well-crafted supporting resources.
– Group Work: Collaborate on discussions and case studies for practical insights.
– Workshops & Role-Play: Participate in immersive, scenario-based activities.
– Practical Application: Focus on applying theoretical knowledge in real situations.
– Post-Training Support: Receive extensive support after training for skill implementation.

Training Outline

Module 1: Core Project Management Functions

  • Planning

  • Tracking: Completion, Time, and Cost

  • Scheduling and Time Management

  • Resource Allocation

  • Budgeting

  • Communication and Collaboration

  • Documentation

  • Risk Management

Module 2: Advantages of Project Management Software

  • Collaborative Project Execution

  • Streamlined Internal and External Communication

  • Budget Management and Monitoring

  • Document Sharing and Control

  • Decision-Making Optimization

  • Boosting Customer Satisfaction

Module 3: Exploring Microsoft Project

  • Historical Context

  • Version Evolution

  • Comparison with Alternative Software

Module 4: Utilizing Microsoft Project Functions

  • Plan Development

  • Task and Resource Assignment

  • Progress Tracking

  • Budget Management

  • Workload Analysis

Module 5: Key Features of Microsoft Project

  • Project Planning and Scheduling

  • Timeline Views

  • Collaboration Tools

  • Reporting Functions

  • Portfolio Management

  • Resource Management Features

  • Multiple Project Handling

  • Diverse Project Views

  • Change Management Strategies

Module 6: Benefits of Using Microsoft Project

  • Flexibility and Power

  • Integration with Microsoft Ecosystem

  • Enhanced Collaboration Features

Module 7: Challenges of Microsoft Project

  • The Learning Curve for Advanced Features

  • Insights Requiring Intuitive Understanding

  • Basics of Reporting

Module 8: Essential Skills for Microsoft Project

  • Understanding Gantt Charts

  • Network Diagram Creation

  • Resource Dashboard Utilization

  • Cost Management Techniques

  • Critical Path Method Analysis

  • Variance Analysis

  • Project Tracking and Monitoring Strategies

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