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In Microsoft® Project 2007 Basic, participants will learn...

  • How to import tasks into a project from virtually any source
  • How to pull resources from Microsoft Outlook®, Active Directory® and other sources
  • How to merge multiple projects into a single master project
  • How to take advantage of templates that can dramatically reduce project planning time

In today’s “do more with less” business environment, managing projects effectively has become a key success strategy. With budgets and head counts cut to the bone, any misallocation of project resources could spell disaster, not only for the project at hand, but for an entire company. With so much at stake, more people than ever are turning to Microsoft Project to help them keep projects of all sizes on time, on track and on budget. The ability to manage projects is one of the most vital business tools an organization has in its arsenal. Whether managing people, time or tasks, put the versatility of Microsoft Project to work for your organization today!

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    The essentials of project management

    • What components make up a project such as resources, tasks and more
    • The differences among the various versions of Microsoft Project—including Standard, Professional and Server versions
    • How to use Microsoft Project’s Ribbon interface and quickly customize it to best fit your needs
    • How to use the File tab (Backstage) to manage project files
    • How to find commands quickly with a single click of a mouse

    Planning the project

    • How to use top-down summary tasks to start entering information even if the exact start or end dates aren’t known
    • How to manually enter, reorder and relate or link tasks and organize them into phases
    • The types of additional information fields that can be added to a project and how to create custom information fields
    • How to add documents to a project
    • How to change the mode between manual and automatic and how it will affect a task schedule

    Creating and managing deadlines, constraints and task calendars

    • The in’s and out’s of using deadlines, constraints and task calendars
    • How to add and modify deadlines and constraints to project tasks
    • How and why to mark a task as inactive
    • How to create and modify task calendars
    • The right way to identify critical tasks

    Assigning resources—people, equipment and materials

    • How to easily import resources from a company Address Book
    • A quick way to modify the working times for resources
    • How to manually add resources to a project and assign them to tasks
    • The right way to enter resource costs for workers, equipment and materials
    • How to edit or add information to resources

    Tracking and managing a project

    • 3 different ways to track the progress of each task
    • Find out how to accurately use the status date when updating project tasks
    • Discover what each status indicator means and how to use them to get a quick view of an overall project status
    • How to apply filters to zero in on only those tasks that are necessary to monitor
    • How to use the Compare Versions feature to easily identify the differences between two versions of the same project

    Views and reports

    • How to group, filter and sort data
    • An easy way to see more of a project information by using the Split View feature and by using the zoom slider
    • How to compare the actual progress of a project against the baseline and how to use the Timeline view to get a concise look at the overall schedule
    • How to use the built-in reports and how to quickly create custom reports from project data
    • What a critical path is and how to view a project’s path to make sure the project is on track

    Integrating Project with other Office applications

    • How easy it is to import data from a Microsoft Excel® spreadsheet
    • How to use the enhanced copy and paste to move content to and from Office applications and keep its formatting, outline levels and column headers
    • How to connect to a Microsoft Access® database and import table data into a project
    • An easy method of importing data from any ODBC data source such as Microsoft SQL Server®
    • How to export project data to a variety of file types including spreadsheets, database tables, text files and more

    Working with multiple projects

    • How to insert subprojects into a project file to consolidate projects
    • How to take advantage of Microsoft Project’s backwards compatibility to manage multiple projects even with project files that were created with older versions of the software
    • An easy way to view subproject statistics without having to sift through the entire project status report
    • How to break down a large project into a master project with subprojects, and how to accomplish it
    • How to quickly view the critical path of multiple projects and make sure they’re all on the right track