Learn 6 required project scheduling practices that you need to follow in Microsoft Project in order to track Earned Value… which should help you to automatically calculate a multitude of Earned Value metrics, automatically generate Earned Value performance reports, satisfy your customer or stakeholder requirements for tracking Earned Value on your project, and identify project timeline or cost performance issues early… allowing you enough time to recover before the end of the project.
Learn several criteria to use while evaluating project scheduling tools such as Microsoft Project and Smartsheet… which (when used properly) can help you to generate dynamic timeline, workload, and cost forecasts for your project, update those forecasts quickly and easily with true progress entry, generate and distribute reports to your project team and customers quickly and easily, and spend less time creating, updating, and generating reports from your project schedule.
Learn a 5-step process for creating an accurate and realistic team workload forecast for your project… which can help you to secure the best people for your project — exactly when you need them — in order to keep your project on track, prevent project delays by anticipating when team members will be required to perform work away from your project, and minimize overtime work — and associated costs — in order to play “catch up” and meet project deadlines.
Learn several criteria to use while evaluating project scheduling tools such as Microsoft Project and Gantter… which (when used properly) can help you to generate dynamic timeline, workload, and cost forecasts for your project, update those forecasts quickly and easily with true progress entry, generate and distribute reports to your project team and customers quickly and easily, and spend less time creating, updating, and generating reports from your project schedule.
Learn several ways that you can use Microsoft SharePoint to effectively collect, organize, share, and manage important information within your project team… which can enable you to assign tasks to team members and track their progress, track and resolve project issues more quickly, track and manage project change requests and assess their impacts on the project, and identify potential project issues early and prevent them from happening.
Learn 7 ways to create reports from the information that you already have in your Microsoft Project schedule… which can enable you to systematically generate weekly or monthly project reports using the data in your project schedule, slash your time spent generating project reports by automating the process, and improve the accuracy of your project reports.
Learn a 4-step process to build a well-structured Work Breakdown Structure — or WBS — for your project… which can enable project teams to keep better track of critical project deliverables, reduce or eliminate any misconceptions about any specific project deliverables, and feel confident about where to start and how to tackle a large or complex project.
Learn a 4-step process to set up a centralized, online tracker to store, organize, share, and control project change requests… which can enable your project teams to minimize frustration & profit losses, stop losing track of change requests, keep track of the latest status, and access change requests from anywhere.
Learn a 4-step formula to identify and clarify everyone’s expectations at the beginning of a new project… which can enable you to better meet project budgets, deadlines, and customer expectations, minimize re-work in order to meet customer requirements, and maximize profits on fixed price projects.
Learn 4 scheduling best practices that you can follow to create an organized, well-structured project schedule… which can enable you to keep better track of important deliverables and activities that are needed for your project, provide more clarity to your project team members about the tasks that are listed in your project schedule, and more accurately track your team’s progress on the tasks in your project… and predict earlier if things are running behind schedule.