Lynn Frock & Company

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Three Microsoft Project Classes Available

1.  Microsoft Project Essentials
2.  Advanced Scheduling / Troubleshooting
3.  Advanced Resource Management


With training for Microsoft Project 2007, 2003, 2002 and 2000, Lynn Frock & Company presents all Microsoft Project training from the perspective of project managers and planners, who are using this tool to plan and control their project. Training is framed in the larger context of project management processes and practices and is compliant with the standards of the Project Management Institute (Project Management Body of Knowledge).

All training is preceded by an assessment to understand your scheduling and communication needs as well as current skill sets - where you are now and where you want to be. And the courses can be customized to your needs.

1. Microsoft Project Essentials Class

This intensive three-day class addresses those core Microsoft Project skills and processes that are necessary to create and baseline a resource balanced schedule, update it with actuals, apply approved changes, and create useful reports. With these skills in place, we can:

  • Forecast impacts of schedule variance and scope change.
  • Know which resource does what and when.
  • Identify schedule risks in time to appropriately address them.
  • Forecast future resource needs in a timely way.
  • Find and adjust unworkable resource allocations.
  • Make fact based go / no-go decisions.
  • Use data as the basis for stake holder communication.

The audience includes project managers, portfolio managers, team leaders, planners, schedulers, and other project stake holders - those responsible for and concerned with high quality, on time and within budget delivery.

Topics we cover include:

  • Initial Microsoft Project settings.
  • Initial project schedule settings.
  • Creating the project network diagram.
  • Setting up a Work Breakdown Structure.
  • Assigning and allocating resources.
  • Dealing with schedule and resource conflicts.
  • Meeting communication needs - tables, views and reports.
  • Creating and using a schedule baseline.
  • Updating the schedule with status.
  • Calendars and filters.

Key decisions - that are better made before schedule construction begins - are identified and discussed. The results could become your organization's scheduling best practices.

The course initially focuses on learning the tool, but as skills improve, shifts to include solving management problems using schedule data.
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2. Advanced Scheduling / Troubleshooting Class

Ever been puzzled by Microsoft Project's schedule calculations? Microsoft Project is now a mature tool, with a rich set of features that combine to influence schedule calculations. But, these can sometimes produce seemingly non-intuitive results.

This advanced, one-day experiential class addresses and builds skills with the advanced scheduling features of Microsoft Project, so that planners can:

  • Better use Project's scheduling features.
  • Deal with puzzling schedule results.
  • Compress a schedule.
  • Make fact based schedule tradeoffs.
  • Balance resource load vs. capacity schedule.
  • Produce useful status - both high-level and detailed.
  • Model tasks & resources sufficiently accurate for control

The audience includes power users, project managers, portfolio managers, planners, schedulers, and anyone who needs accurate schedules for control of their projects.

In addition to exploring each major category affecting schedule calculation, key scheduling decisions to make before constructing a schedule are examined. You might choose to develop these into scheduling best practices. The schedule administration process is also addressed.
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3. Advanced Resource Management Class

This is an advanced, one-day experiential class that addresses the skills and processes necessary to schedule resources that are shared across multiple projects (portfolio or program). With these skills we can:

  • Balance individual resource load vs. capacity across the portfolio.
  • Assign and allocate resource skills effectively across the portfolio.
  • Understand shared resource availability.
  • Make fact-based portfolio schedule tradeoffs.
  • Preserve project schedule priorities relative to enterprise objectives.
  • Present useful status (high-level portfolio and detailed project) to stake holders.

The audience includes power users, project managers, portfolio managers, planners, schedulers, and anyone who needs accurate schedules for control of their projects.

The features in Microsoft Project that support portfolio construction are explored. The degree of modeling accuracy and consistency needed for control of your projects is examined. A major emphasis is on finding and dealing with resource over allocations, resulting from over assignments among and within projects.

This class is framed in the context of the administrative processes and function that are necessary to successful portfolio management.
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Lynn Frock & Company

3689 Kendall Ave.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45208
513.321.3187


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