55054: Mastering Microsoft Project 2013

55054: Mastering Microsoft Project 2013 Course Description

Duration: 3.00 days (24 hours)

Price: $1,800.00

This three-day, instructor-led course is intended for individuals who are interested in expanding their knowledge base and technical skills about Microsoft Project. The course begins with the basic concepts and leads students through all the functions they'll need to plan and manage a small to medium-size project, including how to level resources and capture both cost and schedule progress. This course will also help students prepare for Microsoft Project 2013 Exam 74-343 Managing Projects with Microsoft Project 2013.

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Sep 18, 2017 – Sep 20, 2017
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM PT

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Intended Audience for this 55054: Mastering Microsoft Project 2013 Course

  • » This course is intended for both novice and experienced project managers, managers, schedulers, and other project stake holders who need to incorporate the discipline of project management with Microsoft Project 2013.

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Course Prerequisites for 55054: Mastering Microsoft Project 2013

  • » There are no prerequisites for this course. However, it is helpful to have taken an introductory project management course, such as Versatile's Principles of Project Management.

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55054: Mastering Microsoft Project 2013 Course Objectives

  • » Understand the discipline of project management as it applies to using Microsoft Project 2013
  • » Create a Work Breakdown Structure
  • » Identify Task Types & Relationships
  • » Define Resources within Project
  • » Make Work Package Estimates
  • » Create an Initial Schedule
  • » Create a Resource Leveled Schedule
  • » Create Projects from templates, Excel files
  • » Create Global templates
  • » Create formulas and graphical indicators
  • » The steps to record a macro
  • » Format Output and Print Reports
  • » Integrate Multiple Projects
  • » Set up a Project with a Calendar, Start date, and scheduling method
  • » Understand Manually Schedule vs. Auto Schedule
  • » Manage multiple projects
  • » Be able to create a master project list with shared resources

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55054: Mastering Microsoft Project 2013 Course Outline

      1. Introduction to Microsoft Project
        1. Describe how Project relates to the discipline of Project management
        2. Learn what the new features are in Project 2013
        3. Navigate to the primary views available using the Ribbon
        4. Choose Views that display task, resource, or assignment information
        5. Select table within views to change the information that is available to see and edit
        6. Relate the features of Project to the 5 steps for building a plan in Project
        7. Lab : Introduction to Mastering Microsoft Project
      2. A Quick and Easy Overview of Managing with Project
        1. Create a new project and prepare it for data entry
        2. Enter project tasks
        3. Sequence the tasks
        4. Define resources
        5. Estimate Task duration and assign resources
        6. Baseline the project
        7. Track project progress
        8. Lab : Creating a Basic Project with a template
        9. Lab : Creating a Basic Project
      3. Setting Up a Project
        1. Use multiple methods to create a new project from an Excel file and a SharePoint Tasks list
        2. Establish one or more calendars to constrain resource availability
        3. Configure Project to calculate the schedule from the Start Date forward, or from the Finish Date backward
        4. Lab : Setting Up a Project
      4. Manually Schedule vs. Auto Schedule
        1. Students practice switching tasks between Manually Schedule and Auto Schedule modes. By switching modes, students learn the impact made on the project schedule and the individual tasks
        2. Lab : Explore Task Modes
      5. Creating a Work Breakdown Structure
        1. Build and use summary and subordinate tasks
        2. Understand and use milestones
        3. Develop WBS Outlines
        4. Assign completion criteria
        5. Evaluate the WBS
        6. Understand and use WBS templates
        7. Lab : Manipulate a WBS
        8. Lab : Supporting the Project Plan
      6. Identifying Task Relationships
        1. Understand the different types of task relationships
        2. Understand and use various methods to create relationships
        3. Determine and display task sequence
        4. Understand and use lag, lead, and delay
        5. Understand the new feature of Task Paths
        6. Lab : Display the sequence
      7. Defining Resources within Project
        1. Define resource types
        2. Define individual resources that will be used on the project
        3. Record the cost(s) of using each type of resource
        4. Record the limit of availability for each type of resource by establishing a resource calendar and defining the maximum units of that resource
        5. Lab : Resource Calendar and Availability
      8. Making Work Package Estimates
        1. Enter estimates for duration and costs for each task
        2. Distinguish between task types and describe when each is appropriate
        3. Describe the relationship between work, units, and duration
        4. Describe the way Effort Driven scheduling is affected by work, units, and duration
        5. Assign tasks to resources using the Team Planner view
        6. Lab : Work, Duration and Labor
      9. Creating an Initial Schedule
        1. Calculate float and identify a project's critical path
        2. Understand and identify task constraints
        3. Create milestones
        4. Use the Task Inspector to troubleshoot the initial schedule
        5. Lab : Calculating an Initial schedule
      10. Create a Resource Leveled Schedule
        1. Adjust a project schedule to account for limited people and other resources
        2. View the overall cost and schedule of a project
        3. Identify resources that have been overallocated for a project schedule
        4. Use multiple ways to adjust tasks and assignments to remove over allocation for any resource
        5. Lab : Resource Leveling
      11. Managing the Project
        1. Learn how to set a baseline.
        2. Lean how to enter and track project performance data
        3. Learn how to apply different tracking methods
        4. Learn how to perform a variance analysis on a project
        5. Lab : The Baseline
        6. Lab : Baselining & Tracking Performance
        7. Lab : Variance
      12. Formatting Output and Printing Reports
        1. Print
        3. Formats
        4. Sorting
        5. Filtering
        6. Grouping
        7. Custom Fields
        8. Reporting
        9. Other File Formats
        10. Lab : Use the Grouping Feature
        11. Lab : Create Reports in Project 2013
      13. Managing Multiple Projects
        1. Learn how to use common resources among multiple projects
        2. Learn how to link tasks between multiple projects
        3. Learn how to create a consolidated view of multiple projects
        4. Lab : Identifying Overallocated Resources from a Resource Pool and Consolidated File
      14. Advanced Topics
        1. Learn how to customize the Ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar
        2. Learn how to customize WBS numbering
        3. Learn the concepts of Formulas and Graphical indicators
        4. Learn the purpose of the Global template and Organizer
        5. Learn how to use Task Deadlines
        6. Learn how to use Task Deadlines
        7. Lab : Recording a Macro in Project 2013

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This training prepares students for the following exam(s):

  • » 74-343 : Managing Projects with Microsoft Project

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Skills Assessment

We ensure your success by asking all students to take a FREE Skill Assessment test. These short, instructor-written tests are an objective measure of your current skills that help us determine whether or not you will be able to meet your goals by attending this course at your current skill level. If we determine that you need additional preparation or training in order to gain the most value from this course, we will recommend cost-effective solutions that you can use to get ready for the course.

Our required skill-assessments ensure that:

  1. All students in the class are at a comparable skill level, so the class can run smoothly without beginners slowing down the class for everyone else.
  2. NetCom students enjoy one of the industry's highest success rates, and pass rates when a certification exam is involved.
  3. We stay committed to providing you real value. Again, your success is paramount; we will register you only if you have the skills to succeed.
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Award winning, world-class Instructors

steven l.
- Steven has 20 years of experience in training areas in the pharmaceutical, financial, consumer products industries, and more.
- As a technologist with a specialty in data and project management, Steve has been responsible for leading development teams from the creation of a product through the entire project life cycle to the sales of the product.
- Steven has worked with both state and federal agencies in creating and deploying corporate solutions in a variety of areas.

Over the years, Steven has developed and implemented professional development programs for several Fortune 100 companies. Steven is a consultant on SharePoint Project/Server deployments and is currently involved in providing PMO training in corporate settings.
Steven is an experienced trainer, holding Microsoft Trainer certifications in several areas.
Carmille A.
- Highly-skilled in graphics and web software including Adobe CS3, CS4 & CS5 Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, Captivate, Acrobat and Quark; - Expert in Microsoft Office, including Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Licensed Application Instructor and Microsoft Certified Trainer since 2000. - Over 20 years of experience as Creative Director for multinational corporations such as McCann Erickson, Lintas, and Publicis. Bio: Carmille has been a Licensed Application Instructor and Microsoft Certified Trainer for years. She specializes in web development, business productivity and digital media applications such as SharePoint, Quark and the Adobe Creative Suite as well as numerous programming languages including XML, XHMTL, HTML and CSS. Carmille is passionate about educating and has a unique talent for making complex design and development principals seem "easy" to students from all levels of expertise. She currently teaches Adobe Graphic and Web Designer, Microsoft Office Specialist, SharePoint End User and the acclaimed Website Development Professional courses at NetCom Learning. Her 20+ years of experience as Creative Director for multinational corporations bring a special and innovative approach to her classes at NetCom Learning.
Charles W.
- Expert in Microsoft Office applications such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Project, Visio, and Access as well as Adobe Graphic and Web Designer (InDesign, Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Flash Catalyst)
- Holds an A.A.S in Graphic Design as well as various Awards and Affiliations, including MCT, MCP, MCAS, and Office 2007 Master.
- Senior Lead Trainer for over 10 years.


Charles is a Technical Trainer & Instructional Designer for over 10 years. He is a Microsoft Certified Trainer and dedicates himself to Microsoft Office applications such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Project, Visio, and Access. He is also an Adobe specialist and holds a degree in Graphic Design.

Charles is well known for his high evaluation scores, achieving 8.75 out of 9 on a regular basis, teaching in one-on-one, instructor-led, and web-based environments; one of the reasons for his high evaluation is his expertise in increasing personnel performance by developing and implementing programs constructed from the job task analysis process. Charles currently teaches Adobe Graphic and Web Designer, and Microsoft Office Specialist courses at NetCom Learning.
Jayson F.
- Over 32 years of experience as well as 18 certifications, including Cisco, CompTIA, and Microsoft.
- Strong background, with web development & design of infrastructure for companies such as AT&T, Sports Illustrated, and Toys R Us.
- Specialist in applying process and finding solutions to solve them in addition to training people in the skills to manage the process and meet goals.


Jayson is a talented and valued Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) with over 32 years of IT experience. Along with web development & design of infrastructure for companies such as AT&T, Sports Illustrated, and Toys R Us, he holds several IT certifications. He is a CCDA, CCNA, Security+ certified, MCDBA, and MCSE to name a few.

Jayson's focus is on finding solutions to problems and applying process to solve them. He instructs professionals in the skills to manage the process and meet goals, which makes him a respected trainer at NetCom Learning.
Paul B.
- Microsoft Office Specialist with over 14 years of training experience.
- Expert in the IT industry, working in the IT field since 1986.
- Highly rated instructor with an all-time average evaluation score of 8.7 out of 9.


Paul is Subject Matter Expert specializing in the Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint end-user technologies with more than 25 years of practical experience in the IT industry. He is also a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) with over 14 years of training experience.

A sought-after instructor and eternal favorite among students, his instructor feedback scores are among the industry's highest at 8.7 out of 9.0. As a trainer, his knowledge and passion for the subject matter as well as his personable nature, excellent communications skills and sense of humor are implicit in every class. NetCom Learning is proud to have Paul on our roster of IT geniuses.
Richard O.
- IT specialist for over 30 years and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) since 1995. - Microsoft SharePoint expert since 2001. - Microsoft Lync Server top instructor. Bio: Richard has been an IT professional for over 30 years and a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) since 1995. He has been working with Microsoft SharePoint since the first version was released in 2001; an accomplished courseware designer he was recently selected by Microsoft to contribute to the official SharePoint 2010 courseware. Richard's boot camp students enjoy unprecedented pass-rates and scores on their certification exams. Richard's specialties include Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Exchange, Windows 7, SQL Server and Windows Server 2008. His latest passion is Microsoft Lync Server, where he is already distinguishing himself as a leading subject matter expert.
Sam P.
- Team leader for the first undergraduate team to win the Duke Startup Challenge.
- Over 15 years of experience in the IT industry.
- NetCom Learning Instructor of the Year 2011.


Sam Polsky has spent his entire career in entrepreneurial pursuits, including such fields as biotechnology, software development, data management, and business process management. He began in entrepreneurship as team leader for the first undergraduate team to win the Duke Startup Challenge, a business development competition geared towards Duke Universitys various graduate schools.

Sam Polsky has since co-founded a consulting firm where he has been involved in software architecture, development and implementation. On top of that, Sam has been delivering acclaimed solutions in software architecture, development and implementation for over 15 years. He is a much-admired Subject Matter Expert and Trainer at NetCom Learning and was voted NetCom Learning Instructor of the Year 2011
Vijanti R.
- Specialist in Microsoft Office applications such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Project, FrontPage, and Access. Microsoft Office Specialist and Microsoft Office Master.
- Degree in Information and Business Technology from South Bank University - United Kingdom.
- Business professional since 1992 and Information Technology instructor since 2003.


Vijayanti has been a business professional for over 20 years and an Information Technology instructor for over 10 years. She is a Microsoft Office Specialist and a Microsoft Office Master with a degree in Information and Business Technology from South Bank University in the UK.

Vijayanti also trained and qualified as an Information and Communications Technology Teacher. She has been working at Netcom Learning as a Software Instructor with an extensive know-how in Microsoft Office Suites.
Jose P.
Jose Marcial Portilla has a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University. He has a great skill set in analyzing data, specifically using Python and a variety of modules and libraries. He hopes to use his experience in teaching and data science to help other people learn the power of the Python programming language and its ability to analyze data, as well as present the data in clear and beautiful visualizations. He is the creator of some of most popular Python Udemy courses including "Learning Python for Data Analysis and Visualization" and "The Complete Python Bootcamp". With almost 30,000 enrollments Jose has been able to teach Python and its Data Science libraries to thousands of students. Jose is also a published author, having recently written "NumPy Succintly" for Syncfusion's series of e-books.

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