“We want to give you the chance to get started for free (14 days), then only 9.99 a month”
By: Sander Nekeman
I cursed, I threw stuff around the office and basically I was not a pleasant person to work with. Again MS Project decided on its own to move all my tasks around for no apparent reason.
Confident I have found yet another bug ;-), the PMO guy explained me it was just a setting and now it should work the way I wanted. Not feeling convinced at all, I was just waiting for the next mousetrap out there to step just into. Reporting and committing based on this schedule? NO WAY, I simply don’t trust it. Give me my Excel template back! I need it! I cannot live without it!
Actually I am exaggerating here a little bit, but hopefully I now have your attention… I learned quite quickly that living by only three basic principles can mean the difference between getting frustrated my MS Project and becoming very HAPPY with MS Project. These principles mean all the difference!
What were the things I have learned? Well, I learned that it was just like Excel, what I can do there, I can also do in MS Project. I can get rid off all my separate Excel-sheets, for resource claims and project costs. Of course, Microsoft thought of that when designing the tool!
In hindsight there is always a valid reason why MS project changes things, it was build to simulate reality and in reality everything changes constantly anyhow. For me it was needed to know about these reasons quick, so knowing a colleague with experience was very helpful for me.
Also, it appeared to be very important and crucial to success, to think before you begin. Let me ask you this: have you ever built an IKEA wardrobe? Is it important to start with the instructions instead of just putting pieces together? Will it give you better chance that it will give you the end-result you had in mind when buying it at IKEA?
“Do you want to know about these easy-to-implement principles that will save you up to 4 hours per week?”
By now, we have trained over 5000 project professionals and consulted in over 40 organizations, we took al this experience and feedback and we decided to create the ideal approach to learning and embedding MS Project. We wrote everything down once more and analyzed all the online learning concepts such as BLOOM and 70-20-10 for the perfect didactical approach. We structured it based on the ideal learning curve and combined it in to a proven proposition to embed MS Project into daily operations. We overextended our offering! Will we make a lot of money offering so much? No! Are we proud to present this to you? Absolutely!
This concept is embraced by PMP’s, MVP’s and Project Professionals from all over the world!
Try first? You will not be charged for 14 days!
You can start by clicking here. This will bring you to the PayPal page where you can leave your details. Your card will not be charged in the first 14 days, on day 15 the first monthly payment of USD 9.99 will be charged. At any moment, whether it is day 1, day 12, or day 45, you can cancel your subscription here, which will also stop the monthly payment cycle. That’s all!
Why so easy? Simple, we just want you to have the best possible experience with us!
Course 1: Milestones and Project Health
Failing to lay the perfect foundation for your schedule is the foundation for failing. Many project professionals failed in their attempts to implement MS Project because they have started off the wrong foot. Focus is the keyword – Focus on the benefits, which is delivering output from your schedule.
Course 1 will cover the topics:
- 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
Course 2: Task Management
Going to the advanced stuff to quickly is an important reason why schedules are unreliable. A small schedule that is manually maintained can be more valuable than a large, ‘advanced’ schedule that is too difficult to properly maintain. We will show you EXACTLY how to set up a schedule that is above all RELIABLE!
Course 2 will cover the topics:
- 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
Course 3: Critical Path Management
Rarely I find a schedule without those mistakes that add hours of manual labor to an already busy work week. It has become a sport to help project professionals accelerate the efficiency of their schedule, by doing simple things, like changing links, removing unnecessary constraints etcetera. Efficiency also means that a schedule can be shorter. I always accept the challenge to make a schedule several weeks shorter just by focusing on the Critical Path.
Course 3 will cover the topics:
- 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
Course 4: Resource Management
At this point you may have a perfect model of your project that will forecast your main deliveries. It could be though that it is not realistic enough yet, as resources induce many additional dependencies. You could think of shortage of resources with a certain skill set, holidays, or responsibilities in other projects. If you or your organization require(s) more, this e-course will explain you how to achieve that.
Course 4 will cover the topics:
- 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
Course 5: Cost Management
Many, many times we see that project timing and project resourcing are managed in MS Project, while project finances are kept in Excel. Using the financial governance capacilities in MS Project is often an unexploited area. This is a waste, because only adding rates to resources will already bring you half way. MS Project can calculate anything for you directly from your schedule.
Course 5 will cover the topics:
- 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
Testimonial on learning MS Project via e-course
Johan ten Hove, Senior Project Planner @ Liandon, Arnhem, Netherlands
If you made it all to here, thanks – we know that we could make a difference for you.
P.S. Hopefully I convinced you to look for a way of work, rather than a way to push buttons
P.P.S. There are no limitations, of you miss something, lets discuss and probably we can add it
P.P.P.S Did you know that there is way to get the Basic course for free?