• Published:
    February 15, 2011
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  • Audiences:
    IT professionals
  • Technology:
    Microsoft Project 2010
  • Credit toward certification:

TS: Managing Projects with Microsoft Project 2010

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Initializing Project 2010
  • Create a new project
    • Creating a template from a completed project, creating a project from an existing template, an existing project, a Microsoft SharePoint task list, or a Microsoft Office Excel workbook
  • Create and maintain calendars
    • Setting working or non-working hours and days (exceptions and work weeks) for calendars, setting base calendar, resource calendar, hours per day, applying calendars at the project, task, and resource levels
  • Create custom fields
    • Creating basic formulas, graphical indicator criteria, lookup table, task and resource custom fields
  • Customize option settings
    • Default task types, manual vs. auto-scheduling, project options, calendar options (for example, working hours per day and hours per week), customized ribbon and quick access toolbar (for example, settings to share with others)

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Creating a task-based schedule
  • Set up project information
    • Defining project start date, applying calendars and current date, entering project properties, displaying the project summary task on a new project
  • Create and modify a project task structure
    • Creating and modifying summary tasks and subtasks, rearranging tasks, creating milestones, manually scheduled tasks, outlining
  • Build a logical schedule model
    • Date constraints, deadlines, setting or changing the task mode (manual or auto), dependencies (links)
  • Create a user-controlled schedule
    • Entering duration, estimated durations, user-controlled summary tasks
  • Manage multiple projects
    • Shared resource pool, links between projects, inserting sub-projects

Preparation resources

Managing resources and assignments
  • Enter and edit resource information
    • Max units, resource types, cost rate table, cost per use, availability, resource group, generic
  • Apply task types and scheduling calculations
    • Effort-driven tasks, formula (work = duration x units), choosing a task type
  • Assign resources
    • Assigning multiple resources, assigning resources to tasks, using units that represent part-time work
  • Edit assignments
    • Task usage, resource usage, task forms, editing assignments by setting the task type in preparation for assignment editing
  • Manage resource allocation
    • Viewing availability across multiple projects, changing assignment information, leveling, replacing resources (for example, resolve overallocation, replace generics with specifics)
  • Manage resource allocations by using Team Planner
    • Displaying current resource allocations and assignments, managing unassigned tasks, resolving resource conflicts, level resource overallocations, substituting resources (moving task assignments from one resource to another)
  • Model project costs
    • Resource-based costs (work, material, cost), cost per use, fixed costs, accrual method

Preparation resources

Tracking and analyzing a project
  • Set and maintain baselines
    • Baselining an entire project, baselining selected tasks, multiple baselines, updating a baseline (for example, rolling up to summary tasks, resetting the baseline)
  • Update actual progress
    • Percentage completion, actual or remaining duration, actual work, remaining work, status date, current date, rescheduling uncompleted work, actual start and actual finish, actual work and usage views, cancelling an unneeded task (for example, inactivate a task, set active flag or zero out remaining work)
  • Compare progress against a baseline
    • Date variance, work variance, cost variance, showing variance of the current plan against baseline (tracking Gantt), task slippage, selecting a view to display variance
  • Resolve potential schedule problems by using the Task Inspector
    • Task Inspector warnings and suggestions, identifying resource overallocations
  • Display Critical Path information
    • Single or master projects, viewing total slack, displaying progress against baseline or deadlines

Preparation resources

Communicating project information
  • Apply views
    • Applying views, grouping, filtering and highlighting, auto-filter, sorting, tables
  • Customize views
    • Customizing views, grouping, filtering and highlighting, sorting, tables, sharing a view (Organizer)
  • Format views
    • Gridlines, bar styles, Gantt chart styles, text styles, timeline, cell formatting
  • Share data with external sources
    • Visual reports, enhanced copy and paste, copy picture, sync to SharePoint (for example, upload schedule, sync with SharePoint list, e-mail timeline), attaching documents or linking hyperlinks to supporting information, exporting data to Excel
  • Share data with external sources
    • Reporting progress status, saving to PDF or XPS, printing Gantt information, schedule, or timeline, printing based on date range

Preparation resources

Who should take this exam?

This exam validates the skills and knowledge necessary for effectively scheduling, communicating, collaborating on, and delivering projects using Project Standard 2010 and Project Professional 2010. Candidates should know key project management concepts and terminology as related to scheduling.

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