Stop tearing your hair out. Learn Microsoft Project !
Stop tearing your hair out and learn Microsoft Project
If you are a project manager, you need to learn Microsoft Project. You will already have excellent leadership and communication skills, however, without the right software tools, managing your projects may be more frustrating, time consuming and cumbersome than it needs to be.
Microsoft Project has been specifically designed for project management, scheduling and the allocation of resources. Online versions allow all project team members to create, access, edit and update projects and tasks from anywhere. This means your team members can provide their own real time updates on their tasks as they complete them.
Project Online real-time visibility is especially important when teams are geographically dispersed. An online solution provides the ability for your entire team to store data in one central file, and when changes occur, team members can be aware of this and can come up to speed rapidly.
When you learn Microsoft Project, you can make use of tools such as:
- Built-in, customisable Templates, so you don’t have to start projects from scratch
- Project Planning features such as Gantt charts, and simplified project planning processes
- Extensive Reports, to keep all your team members on the same page
- Multiple Timelines, from tasks to upcoming milestones
- Access to your project data across devices, including Windows, iOS and Android
When you are ready to learn Microsoft Project, the Introduction to Microsoft Project training course from CTO will be beneficial for both team members and project managers. The training can be customised to your business requirements and will give you the tools to come away from the training with your first project planned and underway.
The course assumes little or no knowledge of Microsoft Project, so is perfect for Project newbies, or for team members who have never had formal training in the software.
Topics covered include:
- Key concepts associated with project management
- Create a new project file
- Enter tasks into a project file
- Create relationships between tasks in a project
- Add resources, including labour, materials and equipment to a project
- Understand and use resource assignment calculations
- Assign resources to tasks using a number of different methods
- Print various aspects of a project
- Obtain help for Project whenever you need it
The Technical Stuff – Microsoft Project versions explained
To help you decide which version of Microsoft Project best suits your requirements, here is a quick overview of the versions available for you.
Microsoft Project on the Desktop
Project Standard is targeted at project managers who are managing small team projects. It is a standalone product and does not have the capability to connect to Project Server.
Project Professional has the ability to connect to Project Server, which enables you to gain a portfolio-level view and give View, Update, or Edit access to project team members. It also provides the ability to manage resources and collaborate with your team via Skype for Business.
Project Server and Project CAL
Project Server allows you to bring various projects together, and give View, Access, or Edit rights to team members and executives across your organization.
Project Server deployment also requires you to license Windows Server, SQL Server and SharePoint Server. You will also require the corresponding CALs (Client Access Licenses), which provide your users the right to access a server.
Microsoft Project in the Cloud
Project Pro for Office 365
Project Pro for Office 365 is a cloud product, which means Microsoft will automatically update the installed client on your PC’s on a recurring basis. You are licensed to install the software on up to five PC’s.
You can connect Project Pro for Office 365 to Project Online. This enables you to gain insight into the portfolio-level view, and give View, Update, or Edit access to project team members. Subscription to Project Pro for Office 365 gives you the right to access Project Online and Project Server. You also have the ability to manage resources and collaborate with your team via Skype for Business.
Project Online is the product corresponding to Project Server, but in the cloud. You can buy subscriptions of Project Online for as many users as you want.
What about CALs? Since Project Online is in the cloud, you do not require CALs.
If you already have a Project Server deployment and you want to test the cloud, Microsoft allows you to access your existing Project Server deployment via a Project Online subscription.
Project Lite is the product which provides access for your team members. In order to use Project Lite, you must have a subscription to Project Online. From a technical standpoint, Project Lite is exactly the same product as Project Online, but offered at a lower price point.
From a licensing standpoint, Project Lite enables you to use a subset of capabilities. These capabilities allow you to view and edit timesheets, manage tasks, add issues and risks, and collaborate on project documents. Similar to Project Online, the subscription to Project Lite gives you access rights to Project Server deployment.
When you are ready to learn Microsoft Project, CTO can provide you with onsite training customised to suit your requirements. The courses are available for a range of skill levels, including Introduction, Intermediate and Advanced project training.
Click here to view the Microsoft Project courses available from Corporate Training Options.