55054 Mastering Microsoft Project 2013
8/4/2021 - 8/6/2021
9/7/2021 - 9/9/2021
10/6/2021 - 10/8/2021


COURSE COST: $1495.00

COURSE TIMES: 9:00am - 4:30pm

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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.


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. 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.


*Course Cost listed does not include the cost of courseware or lunch, required in your registration. Please refer to your Enrollment Sales Order or Invoice for the additional cost. If you have any questions, please contact us (learn@vtec.org or 207-775-0244). Course is subject to minimum enrollment. Course may run as a live distance learning course if minimum is not met.


After completing this course, students will be able to
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.

Module 1: Introduction to Microsoft Project
Describe how Project relates to the discipline of Project management
Learn what the new features are in Project 2013
Navigate to the primary views available using the Ribbon
Choose Views that display task, resource, or assignment information
Select table within views to change the information that is available to see and edit
Relate the features of Project to the 5 steps for building a plan in Project

Module 2: A Quick and Easy Overview of Managing with Project
Create a new project and prepare it for data entry
Enter project tasks
Sequence the tasks
Estimate Task duration and assign resources.
Baseline the project
Track project progress

Module 3: Setting Up a Project
Use multiple methods to create a new project from an Excel file and a SharePoint Tasks list.
Establish one or more calendars to constrain resource availability
Configure Project to calculate the schedule from the Start Date forward, or from the Finish Date backward.

Module 4: Manually Schedule vs. Auto Schedule
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

Module 5: Creating a Work Breakdown Structure
Build and use summary and subordinate tasks
Understand and use milestones
Develop WBS Outlines
Assign completion criteria
Evaluate the WBS
Understand and use WBS templates

Module 6: Identifying Task Relationships
Understand the different types of task relationships
Understand and use various methods to create relationships
Determine and display task sequence
Understand and use lag, lead, and delay
Understand the new feature of Task Paths

Module 7: Defining Resources within Project
Define resource types
Define individual resources that will be used on the project
Record the cost(s) of using each type of resource
Record the limit of availability for each type of resource by establishing a resource calendar and defining the maximum units of that resource

Module 8: Making Work Package Estimates
Enter estimates for duration and costs for each task
Distinguish between task types and describe when each is appropriate
Describe the relationship between work, units, and duration
Describe the way Effort Driven scheduling is affected by work, units, and duration
Assign tasks to resources using the Team Planner view

Module 9: Creating an Initial Schedule
Calculate float and identify a project’s critical path
Understand and identify task constraints
Create milestones
Use the Task Inspector to troubleshoot the initial schedule

Module 10: Create a Resource Leveled Schedule
Adjust a project schedule to account for limited people and other resources
View the overall cost and schedule of a project
Identify resources that have been overallocated for a project schedule
Use multiple ways to adjust tasks and assignments to remove over allocation for any resource

Module 11: Managing the Project
Learn how to set a baseline
Lean how to enter and track project performance data
Learn how to apply different tracking methods
Learn how to perform a variance analysis on a project

Module 12: Formatting Output and Printing Reports
Custom Fields
Other File Formats

Module 13: Managing Multiple Projects
Learn how to use common resources among multiple projects
Learn how to link tasks between multiple projects
Learn how to create a consolidated view of multiple projects

Module 14: Advanced Topics
Learn how to customize the Ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar
Learn how to customize WBS numbering
Learn the concepts of Formulas and Graphical indicators
Learn the purpose of the Global template and Organizer.
Learn how to use Task Deadlines
Learn how to use Task Deadlines.

Module 15: Summary
Learn how to access the Office App Store
Learn what 74-343 Microsoft Project 2013, Managing Projects with Project 2013 exam will cover and what is in the objective domain.
A sample study guide to help students prepare for the Microsoft Project 2013 exam