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Project Foundation
1-day course

Session 1  Introduction
Project Management
Definition of Project Management
Project Constraints
The five phases of a project
Terminology used in Project
Microsoft Project Defaults
The Scheduling Formula
Tasks
Task Types
The zoom slider
Manual scheduling
Top-down summary tasks
Project 2016 Views:
The Ribbon
View Tab
Gantt chart view
Gantt Chart view with WBS
Network Diagram view
Calendar view
Resource Sheet view
Task Usage
Tracking Gantt
Resource Graph
Combination Views
The Backstage view
The Team Planner
The Timeline
The Task Inspector

Session 2  Working with Microsoft Project
Creating a New Project
Enter Project Summary Information
Enter Project Tasks
Enter Task Durations

Session 3  Tasks
Types of tasks
Task Information
Task constraints
To Set a Task Constraint
Scheduling
Manually scheduled tasks
Auto scheduled Tasks.
How calendars affect the schedule
How resource assignments drive the schedule
Set Auto Scheduling options
Insert a New Task
Use Elapsed Time
Manual scheduling
Linking Tasks
Task Relationships
Lead and Lag Time
Adjust the Logic between Tasks
Using Lead or Lag Time on a Task

Session 4  Adjusting task details and creating phases
Splite Tasks
Timescales
Adjust the Timescale
Multiple Task Relationships
Delete Task Relationships
Redefining the Logic
Split a Task
Creating project Phases
Creating Summary Tasks
Apply Outline Numbering
Insert a Project Summary
Hyperlinks and Task Notes

Session 5  Resources: Creating and assigning
Setting up Resouces
Cost types
Entering Rates
Entering Work Resources
Enter Material and Cost Resources
Create a Text Field
Entering Data in a Custom Text Field
Assigning Resouces
The Scheduling Formula
Assigning Multiple Resources
Partial Assignment
Assign Equipment and Material to a Task
Using the Resource List Options
Assign a Resource to a Summary Task
Change the Format of the Gantt Chart

Session 6  Introduction to Tracking
Set a Baseline
View the Tracking Gantt and Tracking Tables
Adjust the Project Status Date
Entering Progress as a % Complete

Session 7  Introduction to Reporting and Printing
Print a View or Report
Create a Report
Create a PDF or XPS Document
Copy the Timeline for email or presentations

The Foundation / Intermediate course can be taken as an alternative to this course.

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Courses to meet your needs

A Foundation / Intermediate course is also available. The Foundation course is suited to trainees with no previous experience of this application and require a basic knowledge of MS Project. The Intermediate course is usually taken afterwards. The Foundation/Intermediate course is quite comprehensive and covers a wider range of topics than a standard Foundation course but is still suitable for trainees with no prior experience of Microsoft Project; it is more demanding than the Foundation course but is a format that has proven to be popular since it provides trainees with many of the skills they require in a single day. This course can also be tailored to meet any particular requirements.

Topics covered will vary slightly depending upon the version of Project you are using, e.g 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 or 365.

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Microsoft Project training courses from beginner to expert level are delivered in AberdeenLondonEdinburghDundeeGlasgowFifeAngusStirlingPerth and at most locations across the country.

Project Foundation / Intermediate
1-day course

This course is an alternative to the Foundation course. It is particularly suitable for delegates not undertaking the Intermediate and Advanced courses. It is more demanding than the Foundation course but provides delegates with many of the skills they require in a single day. 

Session 1 Introduction
Project Management
Definition of Project Management
Project Constraints
The five phases of a project
Microsoft Project 2016
Microsoft Project 2016 views
The Ribbon
View Tab
Gantt chart view
Gantt Chart view with WBS
Network Diagram view
Calendar view
Resource Sheet view
Task Usage
Tracking Gantt
Resource Graph
The Backstage view
The Team Planner
The Timeline
The Task Inspector
The zoom slider
Manual scheduling
Explore the Ribbon, Tabs, Groups and Views

Session 2 Working with Microsoft Project
Terminology Used In Project
Project Information
Microsoft Project Defaults
The Scheduling Formula
Task Types
Effort-driven
Calendars
Deliverables
Creating a New Project
Enter Project Summary Information
Enter Project Tasks
Enter Task Durations

Session 3 Tasks
Types of tasks
Task Information
Task constraints
To Set a Task Constraint
Insert a New Task
Use Elapsed Time
Linking Tasks
Task Relationships
Lead and Lag Time
Linking Tasks
Adjust the Logic between Tasks
Insert New Tasks
Deleting a Task
Using Lead OR Lag Time on a Task

Session 4 Adjusting Task Details and Creating Phases
Split Tasks
Timescales
Adjust the Timescale
Multiple Task Relationships
Delete Task Relationships
Redefining the Logic
Split a Task
Creating Summary Tasks
Apply Outline Numbering
Insert a Project Summary
Insert a Hyperlink
Attach a Task Note

Session 5 Resources: Creating and Assigning
Setting up resources
Resources
Cost types
Entering Rates
Enter Material Resource
Create a Text Field
Entering Work Resources
Assigning Resources
The Scheduling Formula
Assigning Multiple Resources
Assign a Single Resource to a Task
Assign Multiple Resources
Partial Assignment
Assign Equipment and Material to a Task
Tip: Assigning with the Assign Resources Dialog Box
Using the Resource List Options
Assign a Resource to a Summary Task
Assign a Resource to a Project
Change the Format of the Gantt Chart

Session 6 Costs, Working Time and Overallocation
Adjusting Working Time
Adjusting Working Time for an individual Resource
View Project Costs
Entering Fixed Costs
Adjusting Working Time on a Task
Adjusting Working Time for a Resource
Overallocation and Resource Conflicts
Resource Overallocation and Levelling
Resolving resource overallocation
Resource levelling
Resource Leveling

Session 7 Using Filters and Groups
Filtering Data
Grouping
Using Predefined Filters
Apply a Grouping

Session 8 Introduction to Tracking a Project
Critical path
Tracking a Project
Baselines
Set a Baseline
View the Tracking Gantt and Tracking Table
Adjust the Project Status Date
Entering Progress as a % Complete
Progress Using Update Tasks
Tracking Work By Time Period

Session 9 Introduction to Reporting & Printing
Print a view or report
Print a view
Create a Visual Report of Project data in Excel
Creating Reports
Copy the Timeline for email or presentations

The Foundation / Intermediate course can be taken as an alternative to this course.

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Topics covered will vary slightly depending upon the version of Project you are using, e.g 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 or 365.

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Microsoft Project training courses from beginner to expert level are delivered in AberdeenLondonEdinburghDundeeGlasgowFifeAngusStirlingPerth and at most locations across the country.

Project Intermediate
1-day course

Session 1  Costs, Working Time And Overallocation
Adjusting Working Time
Overallocation And Resource Conflicts
Resolving Resource Overallocation

Session 2  Using Filters and Groups
Filtering Data
Grouping

Session 3  Tracking a Project
Critical path
Baselines
Viewing Progress Lines
The Earned Value table

Session 4  Reporting and Printing
Print a view
Reports
Viewing Reports
Reports by Report Type
Creating Reports
New Reports
Visual Reports
Create a visual report by using a template
Create a new visual report template
Export report data
Export data as a reporting database
PDF or XPS
Custom Tables and Fields

Session 5  Managing the Project
Management Criteria
Display progress data
Planned Dates
Actual Dates
Scheduled Dates
Variance
Managing Resources
Identifying Resource Over-allocations
Resolve Resource Over-allocations Manually
Task Inspector
Resolve Over-allocations Using Resource Leveling
WBS codes and viewing a WBS

A bespoke course can also be delivered that covers a range of topics from the Intermediate and Advanced courses.

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Topics covered will vary slightly depending upon the version of Project you are using, e.g 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 or 365.

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Microsoft Project training courses from beginner to expert level are delivered in AberdeenLondonEdinburghDundeeGlasgowFifeAngusStirlingPerth and at most locations across the country.

Project Advanced
1-day course

Session 1 Advanced techniques and analysis
Custom time period tracking
Task Usage and Resource Usage views
Work Contours
Changing contours
Creating a Budget
Creating a budget by using a bottom-up method
Charting Data
Import XML Files
To import the file as a new file.
Import Tasks from Outlook
Save a Project as an Excel workbook

Session 2  Multiple projects and resource sharing
The Resource Pool
Updating the Resource Pool
Update resource availability or cost information
Stop sharing resources (temporarily)
Stop sharing resources from a Resource Pool (permanently)
Consolidating projects
When to use a master project and subprojects
Compare Project Versions

Session 3  Templates
Templates shared with other Project users.
Use a Sample Template and Save as a new Template
Global Template
Sharing Custom Elements Between Project Plans

Session 4  Customising MS Project
Custom Reports
Custom Views
Combination views
Create a combination view
Custom Tables
Custom Filters
Custom Filter Values
Interactive Filters
Customising the Ribbon

Session 5  Macros and VBA
MACROS
Macro Recording
Running Macros
Using Shortcuts to Run Macros
Creating VBA Code
The VB Editor
The Editor Components
Working with Modules
Editing Macros

A bespoke course can also be delivered that covers a range of topics from the Intermediate and Advanced courses.

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or click here to contact us

Topics covered will vary slightly depending upon the version of Project you are using, e.g. 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 or 365.

See our prices

Microsoft Project training courses from beginner to expert level are delivered in AberdeenLondonEdinburghDundeeGlasgowFifeAngusStirlingPerth and at most locations across the country.

Project Bespoke courses

A range of topics from various levels can be covered in a bespoke course. Courses will be tailored to suit client needs and the instructor will adapt the course and range of topics covered to ensure trainees receive the maximum benefit possible from their training day. For example, a 1-day course can be designed and delivered to cover topics from the Intermediate and Advanced courses.
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Topics covered will vary slightly depending upon the version of Project you are using, e.g 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 or 365.

See our prices

Microsoft Project training courses from beginner to expert level are delivered in AberdeenLondonEdinburghDundeeGlasgowFifeAngusStirlingPerth and at most locations across the country.

 

Onsite Project Courses

Onsite Project Training CoursesMicrosoft Project 2019, 365, 2016, 2013, Project 2010 and Project 2007 training courses from beginner to expert level onsite in DundeeAberdeenEdinburghStirlingGlasgowFifeLondonAberdeenshireAngusPerth and at locations across the UK. Offsite venues also available at many locatons. Contact us for further information.

MS Project inhouse training on your premises is effective and convenient. Skills are acquired in a familiar environment, courses can be tailored to business and staff requirements and trainees can use their own files and equipment for hands-on experience.

Prices for onsite MS Project courses offer superb value, an expert instructor comes to you at no additional cost to you. We will use your facilities whether it is a fully-equipped training suite or simply a suitable room or office. 

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Bespoke Project Courses

In addition to our superb standard training courses we design bespoke Project courses, develop custom solutions, tailor courses to suit your needs and provide consultancy services at all levels.

Contact us to discuss your requirements for a training course or a support and training programme that meets your staff training needs and business objectives.

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Fast-track Project Training

Fast track Project training sessions are highly-focussed intensive training sessions delivered in short bursts to give busy people the essential skills they need in the shortest possible time.

Our fast-track Project courses are a quick way to transfer essential skills in the shortest possible time - useful for busy staff members unable to undertake comprehensive training.

Fast-track courses are suitable for a variety of purposes and can, for example, be used by busy professionals to see what's new in Project. The following is an example of topics typically covered:

The first thing you’ll see when you open Project 2013 is a sharp new look. But don’t stop there. Look closer and you’ll see that Project can help you:
• Show off project data with a whole new set of customisable graphical reports.
• Talk to your team without leaving Project by using built-in Lync features.
• Trace task paths to untangle a messy Gantt Chart.
And there’s more…

Get started quickly
Instead of dropping you in a blank file, Project 2013 takes you to a one-stop center for starting your project. Browse the premade templates, import info from Excel or a SharePoint site, or just click Blank Project to get a clean Gantt Chart. You can open previous projects from your computer or SkyDrive from there, too.

Show off project data
Graphical reports
A whole new set of reports
Burndown reports
Burndown reports show planned work, completed work, and remaining work as lines on a graph. They give you and your stakeholders an at-a-glance status, letting you know if your project is behind schedule. Or ahead of it.

Talk to your team
Project helps you stay in touch with your team members. Get progress updates, ask quick questions, or even have long-term strategy discussions, all without leaving Project. Just hover over a name and start an IM session, a video chat, an email, or even a phone call.


Trace task paths
With a complex project, your Gantt Chart can start to look like a tangled knot of bars and link lines. To help sort this out, you can highlight the link chain — or task path — for any task. When you click a task, all of its predecessor tasks show up in one color and all of its successor tasks show up in another color.
To find out how to turn on task paths, see Trace task links.

Take projects into the far future
With Project 2013, you can set task and project dates up to 12/31/2149. That’s a whole century longer than before!

Explore other new features
Share meetings
If you export Project reports, timelines, or data to other Office programs, you can take advantage of this new sharing feature. Join online meetings and share your PowerPoint slides, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and OneNote notes from any supported device, even if Office isn’t installed.
Save and share files in the cloud
The cloud is like file storage in the sky. You can get to it anytime you’re online. Now it’s easy to save your Office files to your own SkyDrive or to your organisation’s site. From there you can access and share your Project schedules, Excel spreadsheets, and other Office files.
Work from almost anywhere
If you have Project Online, you can access a full version of Project from almost anywhere, even on PCs that don’t have Project 2013 installed. All you need is an internet connection and a PC running Windows 7 (or later). You’ll always have the latest version because updates are automatic. 

What's new in Project 2016

Project 2016 has all the functionality and features you're used to, with some added enhancements and new features.
Here are some of the top new features you'll find in Project 2016:
More flexible timelines
With Project 2016, not only can you leverage multiple timelines to illustrate different phases or categories of work, but you can also set the start and end dates for each timeline separately, to paint a clearer overall picture of the work involved.

Better control over resource scheduling
Some resources have limited availability, and may have their time scheduled by a resource manager. With Project Professional 2016 and Project Online, project managers and resource managers can negotiate an agreement, called a resource engagement, to make sure that resources are being used appropriately and effectively throughout your organization.
Important   Resource engagements only work if you're using Project Professional 2016 or Project Pro for Office 365, connected to Project Online. If you are not connected to Project Online, the resource engagements functionality will be hidden from view. Project Standard 2016 does not include resource engagements.
How does it work? When a resource manager sets up the enterprise resource pool in Project Online, he or she can identify some resources as requiring approval to be assigned to projects.
When a project manager decides to use one of these resources on a project, he or she submits an engagement request with the date range for when the resource is needed, and either a certain percentage of that resource's time during that date range, or a set number of hours during that date range.

The resource manager reviews this request, and can accept it, suggest changes, or reject it. The project manager refreshes the engagement status in the new Resource Plan view in Project Professional 2016 to see the resource manager's response.

Do things quickly with Tell Me
You'll notice a text box on the ribbon in Project 2016 that says Tell me what you want to do. This is a text field where you can enter words and phrases related to what you want to do next and quickly get to features you want to use or actions you want to perform. You can also choose to get help related to what you're looking for.

New themes for Project
There are now three Office themes that you can apply to Project 2016: Colorful, Dark Gray, and White. To access these themes, go to File > Options > General, and then click the drop down menu next to Office Theme.

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