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what is your opinion? essential knowledge to be passed on MS Project
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friends, I'm attending the Chapter São Paulo, a training for future trainers of the project managers. the course has the best project managers from Brazil as advisors and a coordination team from the best national MBAs. I will have to give a 25 minutes class and be evaluated by them. I chose Fundamentals of MS Project as theme of my class because is important for the construction of schedules and also certified by Microsoft Project. Well, i need your help, what do you think is essential about the tool that is indispensable to say in just 25 minutes (is the time I have)?
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Make sure you mention Resources Leveling and it's importance.

Good Luck Rafael.
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I'd stay away from tasks and resources. It's too easy and it's what everyone will do. Why don't you do something like how to do risk management in MS Project?
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Perhaps you could provide some basics on MS Project Server and correlate it to managing international complex projects. 25 minutes go by very fast.Good luck!
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Include Gantt Chart if time permits.
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Baselining
Reporting and Dashboards.
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In place of "Fundamentals of MS projects" better change topic "Fundamentals of Scheduling" this will be more generic. You can use MS Project as tool.
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Some good feedback so far. On a technical point, I'd also cover the different views such as the very useful Resource View. On a practical point, I'd cover how you'd use the project plan once it its created, to assist you with managing the project (it's surprising how many PMs have a create-and-forget approach to planning). And on a learning point, I'd make sure they appreciate that it is a large and powerful software tool that takes quite a while to learn, and then point them towards some training sources where they can learn more about it.
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1 reply by Eduard Hernandez
Nov 01, 2016 11:10 AM
Eduard Hernandez
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Strongly agree. I have also seen several times PM that use MS Project as a planning tool and omit its power to track the project - thus, baselining, leveling, reporting, etc.

So you may consider using most of time explaining that MS Project is something else than just a tool to get a Gantt chart!
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Nov 01, 2016 10:56 AM
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Some good feedback so far. On a technical point, I'd also cover the different views such as the very useful Resource View. On a practical point, I'd cover how you'd use the project plan once it its created, to assist you with managing the project (it's surprising how many PMs have a create-and-forget approach to planning). And on a learning point, I'd make sure they appreciate that it is a large and powerful software tool that takes quite a while to learn, and then point them towards some training sources where they can learn more about it.
Strongly agree. I have also seen several times PM that use MS Project as a planning tool and omit its power to track the project - thus, baselining, leveling, reporting, etc.

So you may consider using most of time explaining that MS Project is something else than just a tool to get a Gantt chart!

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