Objectives

Better together the perfect marriage

  • If you head up a Project Management Office (PMO), or you are a project manager, scheduling professional, a team member or someone responsible for managing the project schedule on a regular basis this book is aimed directly at you!
  • You will be able to bring your System Development Life Cycle (Methodology) together with the Best Practices of Microsoft® Project 2010 through the use of a Project Management Offices’ (PMO) Standard Schedule Template.
  • By developing a Standard Schedule Template for your Project Management Community will be one of the single most productive activities you can achieve in the initial stages of Best Practices development.
  • The process of schedule template development not only instills a standard view of the schedule, but leverages Best Practice skills both within the companies Project Management community but places Best Practices using the Microsoft® Project 2010 tool and its use of customized fields and report views at the Project Managers desktop computer.

So where do you begin?

  • No one starts with a blank sheet of paper. Someone has an idea, a strategy, a need to improve the process, a list of tasks, or an opinion. It’s these assets that need to be massaged and brought together into a cohesive approach for improving the project scheduling process.
  • Do you have an existing System Development Life Cycle (SDLC)? Use the existing Phases and Activities together with their Deliverables. If not it will encourage you to establish a “basic” understanding and process for projects.
  • Do you use Microsoft® Project? By using the features Gantt chart, Critical
    Path identification, Tables – reporting and custom fields the project manager / Scheduler will be able to leverage the use of Microsoft® Project 2010 by power users of the tool, without actually having to know how to build out a schedule in a sophisticated manner.
  • By using a consistent repeatable list of tasks, team members become familiar with project activities. This understanding in turn, leads to an increase in the productivity of project team members. Reporting will become repetitive and consistent.
    Understanding of project process deliverables and milestones improves the overall communications that is needed and therefore reduces project failure and improves the overall project deliverable.

Microsoft Project

  • This material is not a replacement for training in Microsoft® Project 2010. It assumes the reader either already knows Microsoft® Project 2010 or is planning to be trained. What’s covered here is how to “apply” the features and functions of Microsoft® Project 2010 and leverage their existing SDLC process.
  • In every case it provides and lays out a basic discussion and the navigation steps-by-step both graphically and narratively to each of the features and functions of Microsoft® Project 2010 that is associated with the Project Schedule / Standard Schedule Template development.