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Managing Projects using MS Project and Primavera

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Dates:  25 September – 29 September, 2017

Course fee: 3000€ + VAT 

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Programme Overview
This 5-days course is designed to provide practical, hands-on experience in the creation, management, and reporting of project schedules in two most popular project management software systems – MS Project and Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management.

Both systems are powerful tools for efficient project management if used correctly. During this course we will teach you the software, and show you how to ensure that your schedule provides valuable information, early warning, and analysis capability throughout the project life cycle. 

Who should attend
Programme managers, project managers, planners, schedulers and any individuals that need to create or maintain schedules in Microsoft Project and Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management.

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Training objectives
By the end of this training course, participants will:
  •  Understand the process of project scheduling and basic project management terminology.
  • Identify the critical components of the project scope documentation that drive the structure of your project schedule.
  • Extract key milestones and project constraints and incorporate them into the project schedule.
  • Define and sequence activities.
  • Identify the activities that are most likely to cause a project to be late through Critical Path Methodology analysis.
  • Plan and manage resources.
  • Incorporate project costs into the project.
  • Utilize the preferred approach to applying status and changes to a project and understand how to analyze resulting impacts to determine schedule health.
  • Define custom global objects to enable analysis.
  • Utilize Earned Value techniques to quantify project status.
  • Create “what-if” scenarios to compare various possible approaches to schedule issues, including fast-tracking and crashing.
  • Work with master projects for multiple project analysis.
  • Create project reports and understand the audience for each.
Course Outline
​Key PM principles
  • The universal problem of time and cost over-runs
  • The principle of Planning and Control
  • Planning with a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Case studies: multi-disciplinary building project and sports stadium
  • MS Project vs Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management

Introduction to MS Project
  • Project Management Process Groups
  • Project Life Cycle
  • Purpose of Scheduling
  • Processes of Scheduling

Simulation – Introduction
  • Microsoft Project
  • Working with the Microsoft Project Interface

Project Initiation and Project Planning – Work Scope and Schedule Modelling
  • Schedule Management Plan
  • Deliverables
  • Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Schedule Models
  • Creating Tasks
  • Task Duration Estimating
  • Task Inputs
  • Linking Tasks

Simulation – Project Initiation and Project Planning – Work Scope and Schedule Modelling
  • Review Case Study
  • Case Study Roles
  • Scope Statement
  • Work Breakdown Structure
  • Task Definition
  • Task Duration Estimating
  • Develop Schedule Model
  • Microsoft Project
  • Creating the Project
  • Creating the Project Calendar
  • Entering the WBS
  • Entering Activities and Durations
  • Entering Links

Project Planning – CPM, Resource Management and Cost Management
  • Critical Path Method
  • Forward Pass
  • Backward Pass
  • Total Float/Slack
  • Near Critical Paths
  • Resource Planning Process
  • Resource Availability
  • Resource Analysis and Schedule Impact
  • Resource Leveling Concepts
  • Cost Management
  • Cost Types
  • Methods of Estimating

Simulation– Project Planning – CPM, Resource Management and Cost Management
  • Forward Pass/Backward Pass
  • Total Float/Critical Path
  • Resource Planning
  • Impacts
  • Microsoft Project
  • Analysing the critical and near critical paths
  • Defining Resources
  • Assigning Resources
  • Analysing Resources
  • Assigning Costs

Project Execution
  • Project Baselines
  • Project Communications
  • Communications Management Plan
  • Schedule Review Meetings

Simulation – Project Execution
  • Communications Management Plan
  • Microsoft Project
  • Setting Baselines

Project Monitoring and Control, and Project Closeout
  • Performance Measurement
  • Schedule Status
  • Impact Analysis
  • Variances and Earned Value
  • Change Control
  • Float Analysis
  • What-If Scenario Analysis
  • Schedule Compression
  • Master Projects
  • Project Reporting
  • Defining Custom Tables, Filters, Groups, and Views
  • Schedule Closeout and History

Simulation – Project Monitoring and Control, and Project Closeout
  • Status
  • Changes
  • Impact Analysis
  • Earned Value
  • Schedule Compression
  • Microsoft Project
  • Entering Status
  • Impact Analysis
  • Project Reports
  • Schedule Reports
  • Dashboard Reports
  • Custom Tables, Filters, Groups, and Views

Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management - Core Concepts, Navigation and Views
  • Views and Navigation
  • Symbols used in software … icons, mouse, milestone diamonds, etc.
  • Working with table columns: finding, adding, sizing and moving columns
  • Working with Table Views and saving layouts
  • Working with Calendars

Creating schedules
  • Setting up EPS enterprise project structures
  • Creating the WBS
  • Setting up the project. with ID, name, start date, calendar and project codes
  • Maintaining the Document Library

Creating schedules with the software tool
  • Creating activities in your schedule
  • Activity Components: details, general, status, resources…
  • Activity types
  • Activity Codes
  • Adding an Activity using Activity Wizard
  • Adding Activities via Activity Details
  • Working with activity durations, relationships and lags
  • Using the “Trace Logic” View
  • Scheduling: manual scheduling, automatic scheduling, and the schedule log
  • Identifying and manipulating critical path and float
  • Customising and printing Gantt charts

Managing costs, roles and resources
  • Assigning costs to activities and resources (rate-based costs, per-use costs, expense costs, cost resources and budget resources)
  • Assigning roles and resources to activities
  • Working with different duration types: fixed duration & units, fixed duration and units/time, fixed units and fixed units/time
  • Generating resource histograms and cash-flow reports
  • Cost control for the PM: handling the overall budget
  • Cost control for the consultant: controlling design team costs
  • Cost control for the contractor: labour, plant & material costs

Updating progress, costs and expenses
  • Creating and assigning a baseline plan
  • Viewing baselines
  • Methods of applying progress
  • Working with the Tracking View
  • Using the spotlight
  • Updating progress on un-resourced projects
  • Analysis and comparing progress to baselines
  • Creating professional reports
  • Initiating corrective action for schedule and cost over-runs.

Oracle Primavera features
  • Quick reference guide
  • Brief overview of working with multiple projects
  • Sharing data and graphics with Microsoft Project, Excel and other programs – including importing, exporting projects, eps and files.
To enhance learning effectiveness, hand on experience will be emphasised in this programme through role-plays in class presentation, group facilitation and class critique.
Case studies, group discussions and video support will also be used to enhance learning experience. Fun quizzes will be injected to provide formative assessment and a fun learning environment.
Classes, books and training materials.
Entry level test.
Free Internet access.
International certificate upon completion of the course.
Coffee breaks and a buffet lunch daily.

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Training Location
Barcelona, Spain
Managing Projects using MS Project and Primavera

25 September – 29 September, 2017

Course fee
3000€ + VAT 
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