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Microsoft Project 2010 70-178

What is Project Management?

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What is Project Management?

00:00:00 - Welcome to this nugget series, and Microsoft Project 2010, or welcome
00:00:05 - to this nugget series on passing your Microsoft Project 2010 Managing Projects
00:00:12 - Exam 77-178.
00:00:16 - This nugget series has been put together with both purposes
00:00:20 - in mind, and will absolutely satisfy your requirements. If you
00:00:24 - simply want to learn what's new in Microsoft Project 2010, or if
00:00:29 - you're a newcomer to Microsoft Project, and simply want to learn
00:00:32 - what Microsoft Project is, this nugget will do that for you, or
00:00:37 - if you want to expand that a little bit and ensure that you
00:00:41 - can prove to your boss as well, that not only do I understand Microsoft
00:00:45 - Project 2010, I have been able to pass my certification exam with
00:00:50 - Microsoft and I have my 77-178 exam.
00:00:56 - This nugget series, as well as the exam itself, is broken into
00:01:00 - five segments. The first segment is 1.0, Initializing
00:01:05 - Project, and when I say project I mean Microsoft Project. Not
00:01:11 - initiating a project from a project management viewpoint, but initiating
00:01:16 - Microsoft Project, and I'll often refer to Microsoft Project as
00:01:20 - simply MSP for short.
00:01:23 - Microsoft Project is a very powerful, flexible tool. If we don't
00:01:28 - do the right job of initializing Microsoft Project out of the shrink wrap,
00:01:32 - setting all of the options in this very powerful, flexible
00:01:35 - tool, Microsoft Project will in fact appear to be doing something
00:01:40 - incorrect. Microsoft Project will appear to be doing something
00:01:44 - you didn't expect. It's not doing something wrong, and I deliberately
00:01:49 - use the word appear, because it is only appearing to do something
00:01:53 - wrong, it's doing exactly what you asked it to do, based on how
00:01:56 - you initialized it. So we'll spend significant time, in our
00:02:00 - introductory nuggets, reviewing and understanding what it takes
00:02:04 - to set Microsoft Project up to manage projects, to schedule projects
00:02:09 - in exactly the format that you want. From there we'll move
00:02:13 - on to 2.0, Creating a Task-Based Schedule.
00:02:17 - Most people, when they think of Microsoft Project, will think
00:02:20 - of it as a tool for creating a project plan or a project schedule.
00:02:25 - I'm gonna put my work breakdown structure into Microsoft Project. I'm
00:02:28 - going to created a project schedule, and my work in Microsoft
00:02:33 - Project is done. Well, you've done a good job of using Microsoft
00:02:37 - Project, but there's far more to using Microsoft Project than simply
00:02:41 - creating that initial task-based schedule. We'll review all of the
00:02:44 - features and functions required to create a powerful, effective, task-based
00:02:49 - schedule, but then, in our next segment of the exam prep, in
00:02:52 - the next segment of this nugget series, we'll talk about managing that
00:02:57 - project. We'll talk about putting resources onto the WBS,
00:03:02 - and managing the resources within the WBS, to ensure
00:03:06 - we effective resource utilization, and a project schedule that
00:03:10 - maximizes our resources; maximizes our efficiency, and delivers
00:03:15 - the most value to the organization,
00:03:17 - and from there, we'll move on to 4.0, Tracking and
00:03:20 - Analyzing the Project. The day to day
00:03:26 - management of the MSP. Again, Microsoft Project is often
00:03:33 - used for just creating of the schedule. Microsoft Project is a
00:03:37 - very powerful tool for tracking and analyzing the impacts of
00:03:42 - reality on our project, and in this segment of our nugget series, we'll
00:03:46 - examine all of the features and functions in Microsoft Project
00:03:49 - to do that for us, and then finally, what good is a tool like Microsoft
00:03:53 - Project if we can't get the information out of Microsoft Project,
00:03:56 - and communicate it to our stakeholders, to our sponsor, to our
00:04:00 - boss, to anyone who cares about our project plan, our project resources,
00:04:06 - our project actuals, and, in this final segment of our nugget,
00:04:11 - we will examine what features are available in Microsoft Project
00:04:15 - for communicating that project information, but on with our, our
00:04:19 - first segment, Initializing Microsoft Project.
00:04:23 - As I mentioned, this nugget is focused on Microsoft Project Overview,
00:04:27 - MSP. In this nugget, we're gonna discuss what is Project,
00:04:31 - what is Microsoft Project, how do we use Microsoft Project, what
00:04:35 - its features and functions are going to be. We'll provide an
00:04:39 - overview of what's new in Project 10,
00:04:43 - and we'll re-highlight some of those new features in Project 10,
00:04:47 - as we go through the remaining nuggets in this series. The
00:04:51 - good news is, Microsoft has put a lot of new features and functions
00:04:55 - into Project 10. It has been significantly upgraded in
00:04:59 - terms of its look and feel. It is now, I would say, fully integrated
00:05:03 - from look and feel viewpoint into the Microsoft Office family.
00:05:07 - The ribbon functionality is there. The overall backstage and
00:05:13 - file management components of Microsoft Project are very consistent
00:05:17 - with the overall Office functionality, and in addition to the
00:05:21 - look and feel, Microsoft has introduced some very exciting new
00:05:25 - features, like manual schedule, like task inspector, like, like,
00:05:30 - like, that we'll explore as we go through this series. So stay
00:05:34 - tuned throughout the series. We're going to highlight some very
00:05:37 - exciting new features in Project 10. We'll provide an overview
00:05:41 - of the 77-178 exam.
00:05:44 - I, as I mentioned in the introduction, I have deliberately structured
00:05:47 - this nugget series so that it will satisfy both.
00:05:51 - If you're interested in simply learning Microsoft Project as
00:05:54 - a job aid, or if you're interested in passing the 77-178,
00:05:58 - but for those of you specifically interested
00:06:01 - in the exam, we will give you a very brief overview of the exam,
00:06:05 - of the format, and what you need to be prepared to pass your
00:06:09 - exam, and finally, and most importantly, we're going to stop using
00:06:13 - whiteboards. We're going to launch Microsoft Project, and we're
00:06:16 - going to begin to provide an overview of what Project
00:06:19 - is. A very brief overview, a high-level overview of Project,
00:06:23 - to familiarize yourself with what Microsoft Project is and
00:06:27 - how it operates, and then obviously, for all remaining nuggets in this
00:06:31 - series, we're gonna do the in-depth review of Microsoft
00:06:34 - Project in action.
00:06:37 - And I want to kick us off with a brief description of what
00:06:39 - is Microsoft Project. Microsoft Project is a tool, and nothing
00:06:44 - more than a tool. It's a very powerful tool. It's a tool that
00:06:48 - I wouldn't want to attempt to manage a project without, but
00:06:52 - it is simply a tool. Microsoft Project is not a substitution
00:06:56 - for project management. I expect you are all project managers
00:07:00 - by, by trade. Project managers by heart, and therefore understand
00:07:06 - the discipline of the concepts of project management, scope
00:07:09 - management, time management, cost management, and so on and so
00:07:12 - on and so on. It's important that you understand what project
00:07:15 - management is, before you attempt to use a tool like Microsoft
00:07:19 - Project, because without the fundamentals of my, of project
00:07:23 - management, the tool is simply going to be a tool and not deliver
00:07:29 - the full value to you.
00:07:30 - If you feel you need a bit of an overview in project management,
00:07:34 - we have nuggets on CBT Nuggets that will help you understand
00:07:39 - what project management is. We have a Comptia Project + certification
00:07:45 - exam preparation series, which will provide you an overview
00:07:48 - of project management, specifically focused to IT.
00:07:52 - We also have a PMI, Project Management Institute; a project management
00:07:57 - training series, that would equip you to pass your
00:08:01 - SCAPM, or your PMP exam. So again, if you feel you need
00:08:05 - a little more basis in project management, there are other nuggets
00:08:09 - available to you at CBT Nuggets. This nugget is focused exclusively
00:08:13 - on using the tool called Microsoft Project, and Microsoft Project
00:08:20 - is a very powerful tool, as I say here, it does multiple things.
00:08:24 - First and foremost, it is a scheduling tool. In my experience
00:08:29 - working with most project managers new to Microsoft Project,
00:08:34 - they, they think often of Microsoft Project as only a scheduling
00:08:37 - tool. It is a scheduling tool, and it's a very powerful scheduling
00:08:41 - tool, and in this nugget series we'll examine how powerful the scheduling
00:08:46 - engine in Microsoft Project is, but, as I said already in
00:08:51 - the introduction, Microsoft Project is much more than an, a
00:08:54 - scheduling tool. It's also a very powerful analysis tool. It
00:08:58 - allows us to do what-if analysis.
00:09:01 - During planning, what if we change these dependencies, during
00:09:07 - planning. What if I assign this task to a different resource, during
00:09:11 - planning, what if, what if, what if, gives us lots of ability to
00:09:15 - do what if analysis, and use that to develop the most powerful,
00:09:20 - the most aggressive, the most appropriate schedule based on
00:09:23 - our project requirements.
00:09:25 - With the schedule created, Microsoft Project is then a very
00:09:29 - powerful management tool. This is the day to day,
00:09:34 - tracking time, analyzing variances, dealing with resourcing
00:09:46 - issues, dealing with scope change,
00:10:00 - dealing with, dealing with. Anything and everything that's gonna
00:10:04 - get thrown at us as project managers, Microsoft Project is
00:10:09 - a very powerful tool to support our ongoing day-to-day, week-to-week,
00:10:15 - month-to-month management of our project schedule,
00:10:19 - and finally, as I already discussed, Microsoft Project is a very
00:10:23 - powerful communications tool, so that we can deliver info
00:10:29 - status to our stakeholders,
00:10:37 - to our boss, to our sponsor, to our, whoever else needs information from
00:10:45 - Microsoft Project. And a final statement as part of a commercial
00:10:49 - message to Microsoft Project, or Microsoft themselves, Microsoft
00:10:53 - Project is part of a larger tool set, as I mentioned, it is more
00:10:57 - integrated into the Microsoft Office environment than it has
00:11:00 - been in the past, but the larger tool set that I refer to
00:11:03 - here is Microsoft Project Server,
00:11:10 - which is a web-based product that allows us to integrate multiple
00:11:14 - Microsoft Project plans, and begin to move into true portfolio
00:11:19 - management. This nugget series itself is focused exclusively
00:11:24 - on Project. There will be nuggets in the future, specific
00:11:29 - on CBT Nuggets to Microsoft Project Server, so if you're interested
00:11:33 - in Project Server, once you complete this series and get your
00:11:36 - 77-178,
00:11:39 - come back to CBT Nuggets, and we should have a training
00:11:42 - series on Microsoft Project available to you in the very near
00:11:46 - future. So for those of you who are experienced Project users
00:11:51 - and moving up to Project 10, what's new, what are you gonna see different
00:11:54 - when you unwrap the shrink wrap? I made reference to a couple
00:11:57 - of these are already. It is now more integrated into the Office
00:12:02 - look and feel. It now uses the ribbon, or some people refer
00:12:07 - to as the offered, Office fluid interface.
00:12:12 - I think they're, the ribbon is a much easier word to say, so
00:12:15 - I'll stick to calling it the ribbon throughout the nugget series, and they've moved a
00:12:19 - lot of the housekeeping,
00:12:24 - the file saves,
00:12:27 - the prints, the various housekeeping options, again, consistent
00:12:34 - with the look and feel of the other Office products, to a interface
00:12:38 - called the backstage. So this is more housekeeping, this doesn't
00:12:42 - truly allow us to create a better project plan, but it simply
00:12:46 - makes Project a little bit easier to use, because it's now
00:12:50 - very consistent with the other tools we use day to day as project
00:12:53 - managers. It has been significantly improved in usability.
00:13:01 - Better formatting, better control, better usability, more intuitive
00:13:06 - buttons, more, better, et cetera, et cetera, and I'm not going to call out the
00:13:11 - specific features, which are easier to use and better formatting, you'll
00:13:15 - see them in action as we're using Microsoft Project 10, and
00:13:18 - I will call out specific features that I find have made Project 10
00:13:23 - much easier to use, as we're going through the other nuggets
00:13:26 - in the series.
00:13:27 - A very minor improvement, because there's always been ways
00:13:30 - to save to pdfs using third party products, but one that I personally
00:13:34 - find very exciting and I use a lot, is now, I have the ability,
00:13:39 - directly within Microsoft Project, to save it to a pdf, and I
00:13:43 - have a dialogue box to help me create a pdf that's exactly
00:13:48 - consistent with, appropriate to the information I want moved
00:13:51 - to a pdf, so that I can begin to share my project information
00:13:55 - with non-project users.
00:13:59 - This reference to better integration with Office, isn't referring
00:14:02 - to the ribbon in the backstage, the look and feel, this is better
00:14:05 - cut, paste, import,
00:14:11 - export capabilities within the other Office Suites. As we
00:14:16 - cut-and-paste information out of Project and move it to Word
00:14:21 - or Excel, it's setting it up as a better formatted table, it's
00:14:25 - bringing across column headings, it's maintaining our indentation
00:14:29 - and our work breakdown structures, so, just generally speaking, they've
00:14:33 - made Microsoft Project 10 far easier to integrate the
00:14:38 - data from Microsoft Project into other Office tools, whether
00:14:44 - it is Excel, whether it is Word, whether it is PowerPoint, Visio,
00:14:48 - Access, basically all of the integration of the data,
00:14:53 - not the look and feel, they've done that as well, but again, here
00:14:56 - I'm specifically referencing the data is much better in, in Project 10,
00:15:01 - and probably the most significant improvement in Project 10,
00:15:04 - is improvements in scheduling.
00:15:08 - The scheduling itself has always worked very well in Microsoft
00:15:11 - Project, what they've done in 10, is they've made it easier
00:15:15 - to use, they've added more scheduling options. We now can create manually
00:15:19 - scheduled tasks. We have extra functionality available to us to
00:15:23 - control the schedule. We have better tools to optimize the schedule,
00:15:27 - to inspect the schedule, and improve the schedule. So again, as
00:15:30 - we get into schedule maintenance, you'll see some very exciting
00:15:33 - changes in 10 in the scheduling area.
00:15:37 - And Microsoft has done some exciting changes to the exam itself.
00:15:42 - Exam 77-178, or the long name is
00:15:47 - Managing Projects Using Microsoft Project 2010. The exciting change
00:15:52 - that Microsoft has done, is it's now a live application. In the
00:15:57 - past, certification exams have been really all multiple choice,
00:16:01 - given scenario, pick the right answer. Well, for this exam,
00:16:06 - the exam is now live applications, you're going to have MSP
00:16:10 - code snippets.
00:16:16 - It's going to give you a performance-based exam that's gonna
00:16:20 - measure your skill, based on outcomes, not on how you perform the
00:16:25 - task, i.e. it's gonna say, here is a code snippet from MSP, show
00:16:32 - me how you would reassign a resource, show me how you
00:16:38 - would create a task dependency, and so on, and so on, and so
00:16:42 - on, and I think that's really exciting for two reasons. One, I
00:16:46 - think it's really exciting because it makes the exam and the
00:16:49 - certification far more relevant. It means that yes, I can,
00:16:54 - I can prove to you I know how to use this tool. I can't, in the past,
00:16:59 - I'm not going to say the exams were, were, were not
00:17:03 - qualifying us, but in the, in the past, the exams would give you
00:17:07 - a passing grade if you were good at memorization. Well now, the exam
00:17:12 - is gonna give you a passing grade for your certification,
00:17:15 - if you can prove that you know how to use the product. So I think
00:17:19 - that's really exciting, and, "b", I think it makes the exam far
00:17:24 - more passable, because it's not based on memorization. It's based on
00:17:27 - live, practical application. So, some really exciting changes
00:17:32 - in the exam itself.
00:17:34 - You want more details on the exam? Go to microsoft.com, to
00:17:38 - their learning area, and get all of the specific to understand
00:17:43 - how many questions, what the passing grade is, what the, the application
00:17:46 - process is, what, et cetera, et cetera. I'm not going to regurgitate
00:17:51 - everything that Microsoft has for you already out on the web,
00:17:54 - and from there, Microsoft will point you to the appropriate
00:17:57 - learning centers, or the online test centers, because Microsoft
00:18:00 - themselves do not administer the exam, but from microsoft.com/learning,
00:18:04 - it will allow you to search for, find the online
00:18:09 - test center nearest to where you live or where you work. Schedule
00:18:13 - the exam, and then go in and pass the exam based on this new,
00:18:18 - exciting live application for our Microsoft Project certification,
00:18:23 - and one final, brief discussion on some tips and hints for taking
00:18:27 - the exam, and then we'll get in to actually using Microsoft
00:18:31 - Project. This is the last whiteboard you have to sit through
00:18:34 - in this nugget.
00:18:36 - Be prepared. Go through the material in this nugget,
00:18:41 - practice with Microsoft Project. Download my sample files that
00:18:45 - I have in nugget lab, be prepared, be confident. Use MSP.
00:18:53 - Understand
00:18:58 - MSP, and when you're prepared and confident, you're going
00:19:01 - to be far more mentally prepared to pass the exam, and a large
00:19:07 - part of being prepared is reviewing this nugget series, one
00:19:11 - times, two times, however many times you need to go through this nugget
00:19:14 - series to get that confidence. Review the nuggets that you need
00:19:18 - more help on, multiple times, and pass over the nuggets in the
00:19:22 - areas that you already have the, the, the basic information,
00:19:26 - the basic understanding of Microsoft Project, but be prepared
00:19:30 - and be confident, be in that positive state of mind.
00:19:34 - Find the exam site the day, or before the day, of the exam.
00:19:39 - The exam site may be in a different part of the town than
00:19:43 - you normally go to, or the exam site maybe in a different town
00:19:47 - altogether. In advance of, probably the weekend before you're scheduled
00:19:51 - to take your exam, put the family in the car, pack a picnic lunch,
00:19:56 - go for a drive and find the exam site. Understand the best
00:19:59 - road in, be aware of, is there construction already going
00:20:04 - on, what do I need to do to, to, be prepared to get to that exam
00:20:09 - site, well in advance of the actual time of the exam, which
00:20:14 - leads us to the next one, arrive early.
00:20:18 - If you're exam is scheduled for nine o' clock in the morning,
00:20:21 - I would suggest getting there by at least eight. That way, any
00:20:25 - stress of traffic, any stress of getting lost, any stress
00:20:29 - of construction, will be eliminated because you know you have
00:20:32 - that extra hour to get there. You arrive early, you've got an
00:20:36 - hour to, to kill, find a park, sit down and get yourself into
00:20:41 - that prepared, confident state of mind. Find a coffee shop, do
00:20:46 - whatever it's gonna take to get yourself into that positive
00:20:50 - state of mind, but if you arrive early, you've eliminated the
00:20:54 - travel stress, and you've given yourself the time to be
00:20:58 - prepared. The second you sit in the exam, write notes
00:21:04 - to yourself. If you have areas you're unsure of, of remembering,
00:21:13 - if you have your own, and I'm gonna say cheat sheets, and I, I, I mean
00:21:18 - that in a positive sense, not in the negative sense,
00:21:23 - but if you have specific things that you want to ensure you
00:21:26 - remember, write notes to yourself the second you get into the exam,
00:21:31 - you sit down,
00:21:34 - and then, using the tools the exam centers provided for you, and different
00:21:37 - exam centers are gonna give you different tools. Some exam
00:21:40 - centers are gonna give you pencil and paper. Some exam centers
00:21:43 - are gonna give you a whiteboard and an erasable
00:21:45 - marker. Some exam centers are going to give you a computer with
00:21:49 - a notepad,
00:21:51 - but you're always going to have some ability, in that exam
00:21:54 - center, to sit down and do your mental brain dump.
00:22:03 - If there's anything that's stressing you, if there's anything
00:22:05 - that you're unsure of remembering, if you have this mental cheat sheet
00:22:09 - of things you want to ensure are, are there, front and center as
00:22:14 - you're taking your exam, write those notes to yourself using
00:22:17 - the tools given you, to by the exam center.
00:22:21 - Then you're ready to take the exam.
00:22:24 - Understand the question. Read, reread, and then re-reread
00:22:33 - the exam question, and ensure that you thoroughly understand
00:22:40 - what it is they're asking, and then read and reread the sample
00:22:45 - questions, or carefully work through the live action of using
00:22:51 - Microsoft Project, to complete the question appropriately.
00:22:56 - Find the best answer to every question,
00:23:00 - and make sure you answer all questions. This isn't one of those
00:23:05 - exams where a right cancels a wrong, we are penalized for guessing.
00:23:10 - In this certification, if there's truly an, an exam question
00:23:14 - that you do not know how to answer,
00:23:17 - guess, but don't guess right off the top. If there's exam questions
00:23:22 - you aren't sure what the right answers is, mark them for review. Again,
00:23:26 - the exam itself is gonna have some facility to mark the
00:23:30 - question, to go back and rereview, after you've completed.
00:23:34 - Get through the exam once, answer all of the questions that
00:23:38 - you can easily, again, build up your confidence, there, I passed through
00:23:41 - the exam, I've gone through 80% of the questions, and I'm confident
00:23:45 - I've got them all right, then you go back and look at the questions
00:23:49 - that you've marked for review, spend some more time on those,
00:23:53 - go back and look at your, your notes to yourself, answer the
00:23:57 - next bunch of questions that you weren't exactly sure,
00:24:00 - that you needed more time to think about and review, bring
00:24:03 - that percentage up to the 95%, and then if there's
00:24:07 - questions remaining and you're running out of time,
00:24:11 - guess the best answer that you're gonna get. Again, you're
00:24:14 - not going to be penalized, so don't go out of that exam with any questions
00:24:18 - unanswered, and because this is a live action exam,
00:24:24 - don't go changing settings not related to the question. If
00:24:28 - the question specifically tells you, show me how to change the
00:24:33 - task type,
00:24:35 - then absolutely, you're gonna want to go into options, and you're gonna
00:24:38 - set the task type, but if the exam questions says, show me
00:24:43 - how you would assign work to this resource, to this task,
00:24:48 - don't go in and start second guessing the settings, oh, they
00:24:52 - have this set as a fixed duration task, if I was doing this,
00:24:55 - I would probably have called this a fixed work task, so therefore I'm gonna go in, I'm gonna
00:24:59 - set, no. If the question asked you to change the task type,
00:25:04 - then do it, but if the question asked you to assign an, a resource
00:25:09 - to the task,
00:25:11 - then do the minimum to answer the specific question, but don't
00:25:15 - go changing the settings that are not directly related to the
00:25:19 - question you're working on.
00:25:22 - So finally we're in Microsoft Project. I have opened an existing
00:25:26 - project, that's called Dream Home. Dream Home is available
00:25:29 - to you on, on nuggetlab.com, so you will want to go to nuggetlab.com
00:25:33 - and download, not only Dream Home, but all of the various
00:25:38 - sample MPP files I have out there, because we will be referring
00:25:41 - to different versions of this Dream Home plan as we go through
00:25:46 - this nugget series.
00:25:48 - For those of you who've used Microsoft Project before, you will notice
00:25:52 - an instant, significant change in Project 10, and that's the
00:25:57 - application of the ribbon.
00:25:59 - So, right now I am in, on the ribbon on the task group, and, in
00:26:03 - fact, we have multiple versions of the ribbon, or, or multiple
00:26:09 - focuses of the ribbon for task resources, project view, and et cetera. We'll come
00:26:14 - to an exam, what's on, on those in just a moment.
00:26:17 - The ribbon is organized, or has organized all of the main Microsoft
00:26:21 - Project functionality that you would want to do, related to
00:26:25 - a task. So we can control the view, we can operate our clipboard, we
00:26:30 - can control the fonts, we can do a lot of scheduling activities,
00:26:34 - we can deal with the tasks, whether they're manually scheduled tasks, or auto
00:26:38 - scheduled tasks, we can talk about the properties, and
00:26:42 - so on, and we'll explore all of the functionality on the ribbon
00:26:46 - as we go through this nugget series. I just wanted to point out
00:26:49 - that the, the ribbons have been organized to provide all of
00:26:54 - the information that you would want to do as a project manager,
00:26:57 - related to task work, on this ribbon,
00:27:00 - and then when we move to the resource ribbon, we again have organized,
00:27:04 - we have, Microsoft has organized all of the information related
00:27:08 - to be in managing the views, working with your assignments, inserting
00:27:12 - resources, managing the properties of resources, and doing
00:27:17 - the leveling of your resources, have all been organized under the
00:27:20 - resource tab ribbon.
00:27:23 - The project ribbon, again, has organized all of the information
00:27:26 - we would want to do at a project level, working with sub projects,
00:27:30 - managing our project properties, working with the schedule
00:27:34 - and setting the baseline, maintaining the status information of
00:27:38 - the project, and working on the reports at the project level.
00:27:43 - The view is all about formatting and managing our views.
00:27:47 - Views is a Microsoft Project terminology, so again, if you're new
00:27:51 - to Microsoft Project, what you're seeing on, on this particular
00:27:55 - ribbon may not make a lot of sense, but we will be exploring
00:27:58 - views in great detail in a future nugget, so just bear with
00:28:02 - me. We have everything we would want to do with views, and finally
00:28:06 - we have everything that we would want to do with formatting
00:28:10 - the project plan itself, organized into the format ribbon in Microsoft
00:28:15 - Project 10, and finally, not directly related to ribbon, we
00:28:20 - have the backstage. So if we click on the file, it'll take
00:28:24 - us to the backstage function in Project 10,
00:28:29 - and the backstage has the administrative for Save, Save As,
00:28:34 - Open, Close, dealing with project information, opening your recents,
00:28:39 - doing a New, doing the Print, Save & Send. The one thing on the
00:28:44 - backstage that I would call specific attention to, is Options.
00:28:49 - In the past, we got to our Options under Tools, Options. In
00:28:54 - Project 10, we get to our Options and we have the same information
00:28:58 - on these options that we had in, in earlier versions of Project
00:29:01 - 10. We just get to it in a different location. We get to it
00:29:05 - from the backstage, rather than going Tools, Options, as we would
00:29:09 - have done in earlier releases of Microsoft Project, and one
00:29:14 - other minor item that I'll mention to you on the backstage,
00:29:18 - is this button here, for Exit.
00:29:21 - This Exit button does not exit you from the backstage, back into
00:29:26 - the ribbon-focused area of Microsoft. This Exit is the
00:29:30 - same as the big red x in the upper corner. You're actually exiting
00:29:34 - Microsoft Project itself. If you're in the backstage and you
00:29:39 - wanna go back to tradi, traditional Microsoft Project functionality,
00:29:42 - you simply pick one of the other tabs for one of the, I'm gonna call it,
00:29:46 - active ribbons, as opposed to the backstage file.
00:29:52 - Now, speaking of moving things around, we just discussed that
00:29:56 - the Options got moved to the backstage. The other thing we need
00:30:00 - to be aware of, with this new ribbon approach in Microsoft Project,
00:30:04 - is the functionality has been moved and grouped. As I discussed
00:30:09 - already, everything related to the task is on this ribbon. As
00:30:15 - I was beginning to use Project 10, it took me some time to get
00:30:19 - used to where different buttons, different features were grouped
00:30:24 - by Microsoft, and since a lot of the work with project creation
00:30:29 - is done at the task level, you're creating the WBS, this is a
00:30:33 - ribbon you would have opened a lot of the time. So you're going
00:30:36 - through, you've created your WBS, you've got your estimates in,
00:30:40 - and now you want to start assigning resources, and you look
00:30:43 - all over the ribbon, looking for that familiar icon of the
00:30:47 - two people side by side, and you're not seeing the icon for assigning
00:30:52 - resources anywhere, and you're really getting frustrated with
00:30:56 - Microsoft Project saying, where is my assigning resources button,
00:31:00 - and then finally, at least for Steve, he clued in and said, I'm using
00:31:05 - the word resource in that quest a lot. I bet you, if I go look
00:31:09 - at the resource tab,
00:31:12 - there is the exact icon I was looking for, the Assign Resources.
00:31:15 - So again, took Steve a little while to get used to the fact that
00:31:20 - everything on this ribbon is focused on task. Working on my
00:31:24 - schedule, dealing with my formatting. Everything on this ribbon
00:31:28 - is focused on my resources, and again, Steve's prime function
00:31:32 - is assigning resources, and leveling his resources, and as
00:31:37 - soon as Steve got used to all of that being on the Resource tab, Project
00:31:41 - 10 became a lot easier and more friendly to work with. Same
00:31:46 - thing, as I'm dealing with the project and I'm trying to set my baseline,
00:31:50 - I'm dealing with my status dates, that's all on the Project
00:31:54 - tab or the Project ribbon. So just a little word of caution,
00:31:58 - that you need to get used to where and how Microsoft has rearranged
00:32:03 - the functionality on the various ribbons.
00:32:08 - So that's it for the new functionality that we have related
00:32:10 - to the ribbon. This next segment of this introductory nugget
00:32:14 - is nothing new in Project 10, but I think it's critical
00:32:18 - that I go through this functionality for new users of Microsoft
00:32:22 - Project, and that's basic screen navigation within the working
00:32:27 - area of Microsoft Project. Microsoft Project presents information
00:32:32 - to you in views. We have a nugget later in the series focused
00:32:37 - on defining and managing views, so at this point just bear with
00:32:40 - me, that I have a view called the Gantt Chart, and my Gantt Chart view
00:32:45 - has two parts to it. I have the left hand part, which is what
00:32:49 - I call my column or my data area, and we can see my columns, I have
00:32:54 - a column for Task Name and Duration, and Start and Finish, Predecessors
00:32:58 - and Resource Names, and I have a slider bar here that allows
00:33:02 - me to scroll over and see additional information in this portion
00:33:06 - of my screen, and I also have a right portion of my screen,
00:33:11 - which is my calendar area, and again, I can scroll back and
00:33:15 - forth, and see which time segment of my calendar I'm looking
00:33:20 - at; and we have a divider
00:33:24 - window, that allows me to control how much real estate I'm
00:33:28 - devoting to each half, half being a relative term, each segment
00:33:34 - of my screen, and I still have my ability to scroll back and
00:33:37 - forth in my resized windows. Pretty standard functionality.
00:33:43 - I don't think there's any surprises to, to any of this, even
00:33:46 - for new Microsoft Project users. The key thing is the recognizing
00:33:50 - that my window is divided into two separate scrollable segments.
00:33:57 - Now, for this scrollable segment,
00:34:02 - the, the screen is not divided. When I scroll up and down this
00:34:05 - way, both of my windows are synchronized. So as I scroll up, it is scrolling
00:34:12 - both my column text area, and my calendar area. Again, I think probably
00:34:18 - standard functionality that you would expect to see in really
00:34:22 - any Windows product, in terms of scrolling independent windows,
00:34:26 - as well as scrolling windows that are linked or, or, or attached
00:34:32 - to each other.
00:34:34 - The other consideration for basic screen navigation in Microsoft
00:34:37 - Project, is not as relevant in a small project such as this,
00:34:42 - where I only have 14 lines, but if this was a large project
00:34:46 - with hundreds of lines, standard keyboard functionality for
00:34:50 - page up, page down,
00:34:53 - operates exactly as you would expect it to, the equivalent of
00:34:57 - doing scrolling in this particular elevator bar here. So,
00:35:02 - faster ways to scroll up and down, and we also have faster ways
00:35:07 - to scroll left and right in our various windows, or frames,
00:35:11 - by combining the Ctrl key and the up and down, or the Alt
00:35:17 - key and the up or down. So, if I do the Ctrl key, and I do
00:35:22 - a page up and page down, its scrolling my column, or my
00:35:27 - data area, left and right. So again, I'm holding the Ctrl key
00:35:31 - down and I'm paging up and down, doing fast scrolling through my
00:35:38 - left frame, or my column area, and if I do the same on the Alt
00:35:42 - key and do up and down, I'm fast scrolling through my calendar
00:35:47 - area and moving my screen appropriately,
00:35:51 - and one final piece of information I want to leave you with
00:35:54 - in this introductory nugget related to navigation, is the ability
00:35:57 - to further split our screen to show some detailed information
00:36:03 - for the tab, or the task, that's in focus, and we do that
00:36:07 - further split of our screen, right down here in the far right hand corner,
00:36:11 - we have a little bar, and if I mouse over that, and then do a click and
00:36:17 - drag, I'm moving the bar up, and I'm bringing in the detail
00:36:22 - Task Form, and the detailed Task Form has given me additional
00:36:27 - details about the task that I have in focus. Right now, I'm on
00:36:30 - My Dream Home, my overall project master task, and it's telling
00:36:36 - me the duration, and start date and end date. If I move down to a,
00:36:40 - an active working task in my project plan, the bolded tasks are summary
00:36:47 - tasks, and the unbolded tasks are the detailed tasks. I get the same
00:36:51 - information, this is the task, the duration, the start date, the
00:36:55 - end date, and additional information telling me that the surveyor
00:37:00 - is assigned to work on that task. They're working a 100%
00:37:02 - of their time, it's going to take them 24 hours
00:37:06 - of work,
00:37:07 - and, as I begin to track the project plan, it's gonna allow
00:37:11 - me to understand how the tracking is varying from, from reality.
00:37:16 - If I move to another task, I'm gonna get the same detailed information
00:37:20 - related to that particular task, so just another piece of basic screen
00:37:25 - navigation, screen management, that's essential for you to understand
00:37:29 - as we roll up our sleeves in our next nuggets, and begin
00:37:33 - to actively explore using Microsoft Project. When we're done
00:37:37 - with this split window, we simply again, go and drag it down,
00:37:42 - and take it out of sight and we're back into our main view. We want it back,
00:37:46 - we bring it back up.
00:37:49 - With that, our basic overview of Microsoft Project is done. Now
00:37:53 - we're ready for our detailed nuggets, focused on using Microsoft Project
00:37:58 - as a tool for managing projects.
00:38:01 - This concludes our nugget providing an overview of Microsoft Project. In
00:38:05 - this nugget we discussed what is Project. It is a tool,
00:38:10 - it's a very powerful tool. It's a tool, as I said, I wouldn't
00:38:13 - want to attempt to manage a project without, but it is a tool.
00:38:17 - It helps us create a schedule. It cre, helps us do analysis. It
00:38:24 - helps us do tracking and management, and it's a powerful
00:38:32 - communications tool,
00:38:36 - but it's just a tool that we need to learn and use appropriately
00:38:41 - as project managers. We provided an overview of the new features
00:38:45 - in Project 10. I will be calling out these features throughout
00:38:48 - the nuggets as we go through and we start to work with the new
00:38:51 - functionality in Project 10. We provided an overview of the
00:38:55 - exam 77-178. This is a very exciting
00:38:58 - new exam, in that it is tool-based.
00:39:05 - There you're actually gonna get a chance to roll up your sleeves
00:39:08 - and use Microsoft Project to prove to the world, to prove to
00:39:11 - your boss, that you understand this tool. So I think that's
00:39:16 - a really exciting new feature in this exam itself, and finally,
00:39:20 - we started with an overview of what the tool, Microsoft Project,
00:39:25 - is, a very brief overview. We're going to be rolling up our sleeves
00:39:28 - and using Microsoft Project throughout all of the remaining nuggets in
00:39:31 - this series, but we have kicked off what Microsoft Project is,
00:39:37 - what the exam is, and have you prepared to take the rest of
00:39:41 - the nuggets in the series. This concludes our nugget on Microsoft
00:39:45 - Project overview and preparing for exam 77-178,
00:39:49 - Managing Projects Using MSP 2010. I hope this module
00:39:55 - has been informative for you, and thank you very much for viewing.
00:00:00 - Welcome to this nugget series, and Microsoft Project 2010, or welcome
00:00:05 - to this nugget series on passing your Microsoft Project 2010 Managing Projects
00:00:12 - Exam 77-178.
00:00:16 - This nugget series has been put together with both purposes
00:00:20 - in mind, and will absolutely satisfy your requirements. If you
00:00:24 - simply want to learn what's new in Microsoft Project 2010, or if
00:00:29 - you're a newcomer to Microsoft Project, and simply want to learn
00:00:32 - what Microsoft Project is, this nugget will do that for you, or
00:00:37 - if you want to expand that a little bit and ensure that you
00:00:41 - can prove to your boss as well, that not only do I understand Microsoft
00:00:45 - Project 2010, I have been able to pass my certification exam with
00:00:50 - Microsoft and I have my 77-178 exam.
00:00:56 - This nugget series, as well as the exam itself, is broken into
00:01:00 - five segments. The first segment is 1.0, Initializing
00:01:05 - Project, and when I say project I mean Microsoft Project. Not
00:01:11 - initiating a project from a project management viewpoint, but initiating
00:01:16 - Microsoft Project, and I'll often refer to Microsoft Project as
00:01:20 - simply MSP for short.
00:01:23 - Microsoft Project is a very powerful, flexible tool. If we don't
00:01:28 - do the right job of initializing Microsoft Project out of the shrink wrap,
00:01:32 - setting all of the options in this very powerful, flexible
00:01:35 - tool, Microsoft Project will in fact appear to be doing something
00:01:40 - incorrect. Microsoft Project will appear to be doing something
00:01:44 - you didn't expect. It's not doing something wrong, and I deliberately
00:01:49 - use the word appear, because it is only appearing to do something
00:01:53 - wrong, it's doing exactly what you asked it to do, based on how
00:01:56 - you initialized it. So we'll spend significant time, in our
00:02:00 - introductory nuggets, reviewing and understanding what it takes
00:02:04 - to set Microsoft Project up to manage projects, to schedule projects
00:02:09 - in exactly the format that you want. From there we'll move
00:02:13 - on to 2.0, Creating a Task-Based Schedule.
00:02:17 - Most people, when they think of Microsoft Project, will think
00:02:20 - of it as a tool for creating a project plan or a project schedule.
00:02:25 - I'm gonna put my work breakdown structure into Microsoft Project. I'm
00:02:28 - going to created a project schedule, and my work in Microsoft
00:02:33 - Project is done. Well, you've done a good job of using Microsoft
00:02:37 - Project, but there's far more to using Microsoft Project than simply
00:02:41 - creating that initial task-based schedule. We'll review all of the
00:02:44 - features and functions required to create a powerful, effective, task-based
00:02:49 - schedule, but then, in our next segment of the exam prep, in
00:02:52 - the next segment of this nugget series, we'll talk about managing that
00:02:57 - project. We'll talk about putting resources onto the WBS,
00:03:02 - and managing the resources within the WBS, to ensure
00:03:06 - we effective resource utilization, and a project schedule that
00:03:10 - maximizes our resources; maximizes our efficiency, and delivers
00:03:15 - the most value to the organization,
00:03:17 - and from there, we'll move on to 4.0, Tracking and
00:03:20 - Analyzing the Project. The day to day
00:03:26 - management of the MSP. Again, Microsoft Project is often
00:03:33 - used for just creating of the schedule. Microsoft Project is a
00:03:37 - very powerful tool for tracking and analyzing the impacts of
00:03:42 - reality on our project, and in this segment of our nugget series, we'll
00:03:46 - examine all of the features and functions in Microsoft Project
00:03:49 - to do that for us, and then finally, what good is a tool like Microsoft
00:03:53 - Project if we can't get the information out of Microsoft Project,
00:03:56 - and communicate it to our stakeholders, to our sponsor, to our
00:04:00 - boss, to anyone who cares about our project plan, our project resources,
00:04:06 - our project actuals, and, in this final segment of our nugget,
00:04:11 - we will examine what features are available in Microsoft Project
00:04:15 - for communicating that project information, but on with our, our
00:04:19 - first segment, Initializing Microsoft Project.
00:04:23 - As I mentioned, this nugget is focused on Microsoft Project Overview,
00:04:27 - MSP. In this nugget, we're gonna discuss what is Project,
00:04:31 - what is Microsoft Project, how do we use Microsoft Project, what
00:04:35 - its features and functions are going to be. We'll provide an
00:04:39 - overview of what's new in Project 10,
00:04:43 - and we'll re-highlight some of those new features in Project 10,
00:04:47 - as we go through the remaining nuggets in this series. The
00:04:51 - good news is, Microsoft has put a lot of new features and functions
00:04:55 - into Project 10. It has been significantly upgraded in
00:04:59 - terms of its look and feel. It is now, I would say, fully integrated
00:05:03 - from look and feel viewpoint into the Microsoft Office family.
00:05:07 - The ribbon functionality is there. The overall backstage and
00:05:13 - file management components of Microsoft Project are very consistent
00:05:17 - with the overall Office functionality, and in addition to the
00:05:21 - look and feel, Microsoft has introduced some very exciting new
00:05:25 - features, like manual schedule, like task inspector, like, like,
00:05:30 - like, that we'll explore as we go through this series. So stay
00:05:34 - tuned throughout the series. We're going to highlight some very
00:05:37 - exciting new features in Project 10. We'll provide an overview
00:05:41 - of the 77-178 exam.
00:05:44 - I, as I mentioned in the introduction, I have deliberately structured
00:05:47 - this nugget series so that it will satisfy both.
00:05:51 - If you're interested in simply learning Microsoft Project as
00:05:54 - a job aid, or if you're interested in passing the 77-178,
00:05:58 - but for those of you specifically interested
00:06:01 - in the exam, we will give you a very brief overview of the exam,
00:06:05 - of the format, and what you need to be prepared to pass your
00:06:09 - exam, and finally, and most importantly, we're going to stop using
00:06:13 - whiteboards. We're going to launch Microsoft Project, and we're
00:06:16 - going to begin to provide an overview of what Project
00:06:19 - is. A very brief overview, a high-level overview of Project,
00:06:23 - to familiarize yourself with what Microsoft Project is and
00:06:27 - how it operates, and then obviously, for all remaining nuggets in this
00:06:31 - series, we're gonna do the in-depth review of Microsoft
00:06:34 - Project in action.
00:06:37 - And I want to kick us off with a brief description of what
00:06:39 - is Microsoft Project. Microsoft Project is a tool, and nothing
00:06:44 - more than a tool. It's a very powerful tool. It's a tool that
00:06:48 - I wouldn't want to attempt to manage a project without, but
00:06:52 - it is simply a tool. Microsoft Project is not a substitution
00:06:56 - for project management. I expect you are all project managers
00:07:00 - by, by trade. Project managers by heart, and therefore understand
00:07:06 - the discipline of the concepts of project management, scope
00:07:09 - management, time management, cost management, and so on and so
00:07:12 - on and so on. It's important that you understand what project
00:07:15 - management is, before you attempt to use a tool like Microsoft
00:07:19 - Project, because without the fundamentals of my, of project
00:07:23 - management, the tool is simply going to be a tool and not deliver
00:07:29 - the full value to you.
00:07:30 - If you feel you need a bit of an overview in project management,
00:07:34 - we have nuggets on CBT Nuggets that will help you understand
00:07:39 - what project management is. We have a Comptia Project + certification
00:07:45 - exam preparation series, which will provide you an overview
00:07:48 - of project management, specifically focused to IT.
00:07:52 - We also have a PMI, Project Management Institute; a project management
00:07:57 - training series, that would equip you to pass your
00:08:01 - SCAPM, or your PMP exam. So again, if you feel you need
00:08:05 - a little more basis in project management, there are other nuggets
00:08:09 - available to you at CBT Nuggets. This nugget is focused exclusively
00:08:13 - on using the tool called Microsoft Project, and Microsoft Project
00:08:20 - is a very powerful tool, as I say here, it does multiple things.
00:08:24 - First and foremost, it is a scheduling tool. In my experience
00:08:29 - working with most project managers new to Microsoft Project,
00:08:34 - they, they think often of Microsoft Project as only a scheduling
00:08:37 - tool. It is a scheduling tool, and it's a very powerful scheduling
00:08:41 - tool, and in this nugget series we'll examine how powerful the scheduling
00:08:46 - engine in Microsoft Project is, but, as I said already in
00:08:51 - the introduction, Microsoft Project is much more than an, a
00:08:54 - scheduling tool. It's also a very powerful analysis tool. It
00:08:58 - allows us to do what-if analysis.
00:09:01 - During planning, what if we change these dependencies, during
00:09:07 - planning. What if I assign this task to a different resource, during
00:09:11 - planning, what if, what if, what if, gives us lots of ability to
00:09:15 - do what if analysis, and use that to develop the most powerful,
00:09:20 - the most aggressive, the most appropriate schedule based on
00:09:23 - our project requirements.
00:09:25 - With the schedule created, Microsoft Project is then a very
00:09:29 - powerful management tool. This is the day to day,
00:09:34 - tracking time, analyzing variances, dealing with resourcing
00:09:46 - issues, dealing with scope change,
00:10:00 - dealing with, dealing with. Anything and everything that's gonna
00:10:04 - get thrown at us as project managers, Microsoft Project is
00:10:09 - a very powerful tool to support our ongoing day-to-day, week-to-week,
00:10:15 - month-to-month management of our project schedule,
00:10:19 - and finally, as I already discussed, Microsoft Project is a very
00:10:23 - powerful communications tool, so that we can deliver info
00:10:29 - status to our stakeholders,
00:10:37 - to our boss, to our sponsor, to our, whoever else needs information from
00:10:45 - Microsoft Project. And a final statement as part of a commercial
00:10:49 - message to Microsoft Project, or Microsoft themselves, Microsoft
00:10:53 - Project is part of a larger tool set, as I mentioned, it is more
00:10:57 - integrated into the Microsoft Office environment than it has
00:11:00 - been in the past, but the larger tool set that I refer to
00:11:03 - here is Microsoft Project Server,
00:11:10 - which is a web-based product that allows us to integrate multiple
00:11:14 - Microsoft Project plans, and begin to move into true portfolio
00:11:19 - management. This nugget series itself is focused exclusively
00:11:24 - on Project. There will be nuggets in the future, specific
00:11:29 - on CBT Nuggets to Microsoft Project Server, so if you're interested
00:11:33 - in Project Server, once you complete this series and get your
00:11:36 - 77-178,
00:11:39 - come back to CBT Nuggets, and we should have a training
00:11:42 - series on Microsoft Project available to you in the very near
00:11:46 - future. So for those of you who are experienced Project users
00:11:51 - and moving up to Project 10, what's new, what are you gonna see different
00:11:54 - when you unwrap the shrink wrap? I made reference to a couple
00:11:57 - of these are already. It is now more integrated into the Office
00:12:02 - look and feel. It now uses the ribbon, or some people refer
00:12:07 - to as the offered, Office fluid interface.
00:12:12 - I think they're, the ribbon is a much easier word to say, so
00:12:15 - I'll stick to calling it the ribbon throughout the nugget series, and they've moved a
00:12:19 - lot of the housekeeping,
00:12:24 - the file saves,
00:12:27 - the prints, the various housekeeping options, again, consistent
00:12:34 - with the look and feel of the other Office products, to a interface
00:12:38 - called the backstage. So this is more housekeeping, this doesn't
00:12:42 - truly allow us to create a better project plan, but it simply
00:12:46 - makes Project a little bit easier to use, because it's now
00:12:50 - very consistent with the other tools we use day to day as project
00:12:53 - managers. It has been significantly improved in usability.
00:13:01 - Better formatting, better control, better usability, more intuitive
00:13:06 - buttons, more, better, et cetera, et cetera, and I'm not going to call out the
00:13:11 - specific features, which are easier to use and better formatting, you'll
00:13:15 - see them in action as we're using Microsoft Project 10, and
00:13:18 - I will call out specific features that I find have made Project 10
00:13:23 - much easier to use, as we're going through the other nuggets
00:13:26 - in the series.
00:13:27 - A very minor improvement, because there's always been ways
00:13:30 - to save to pdfs using third party products, but one that I personally
00:13:34 - find very exciting and I use a lot, is now, I have the ability,
00:13:39 - directly within Microsoft Project, to save it to a pdf, and I
00:13:43 - have a dialogue box to help me create a pdf that's exactly
00:13:48 - consistent with, appropriate to the information I want moved
00:13:51 - to a pdf, so that I can begin to share my project information
00:13:55 - with non-project users.
00:13:59 - This reference to better integration with Office, isn't referring
00:14:02 - to the ribbon in the backstage, the look and feel, this is better
00:14:05 - cut, paste, import,
00:14:11 - export capabilities within the other Office Suites. As we
00:14:16 - cut-and-paste information out of Project and move it to Word
00:14:21 - or Excel, it's setting it up as a better formatted table, it's
00:14:25 - bringing across column headings, it's maintaining our indentation
00:14:29 - and our work breakdown structures, so, just generally speaking, they've
00:14:33 - made Microsoft Project 10 far easier to integrate the
00:14:38 - data from Microsoft Project into other Office tools, whether
00:14:44 - it is Excel, whether it is Word, whether it is PowerPoint, Visio,
00:14:48 - Access, basically all of the integration of the data,
00:14:53 - not the look and feel, they've done that as well, but again, here
00:14:56 - I'm specifically referencing the data is much better in, in Project 10,
00:15:01 - and probably the most significant improvement in Project 10,
00:15:04 - is improvements in scheduling.
00:15:08 - The scheduling itself has always worked very well in Microsoft
00:15:11 - Project, what they've done in 10, is they've made it easier
00:15:15 - to use, they've added more scheduling options. We now can create manually
00:15:19 - scheduled tasks. We have extra functionality available to us to
00:15:23 - control the schedule. We have better tools to optimize the schedule,
00:15:27 - to inspect the schedule, and improve the schedule. So again, as
00:15:30 - we get into schedule maintenance, you'll see some very exciting
00:15:33 - changes in 10 in the scheduling area.
00:15:37 - And Microsoft has done some exciting changes to the exam itself.
00:15:42 - Exam 77-178, or the long name is
00:15:47 - Managing Projects Using Microsoft Project 2010. The exciting change
00:15:52 - that Microsoft has done, is it's now a live application. In the
00:15:57 - past, certification exams have been really all multiple choice,
00:16:01 - given scenario, pick the right answer. Well, for this exam,
00:16:06 - the exam is now live applications, you're going to have MSP
00:16:10 - code snippets.
00:16:16 - It's going to give you a performance-based exam that's gonna
00:16:20 - measure your skill, based on outcomes, not on how you perform the
00:16:25 - task, i.e. it's gonna say, here is a code snippet from MSP, show
00:16:32 - me how you would reassign a resource, show me how you
00:16:38 - would create a task dependency, and so on, and so on, and so
00:16:42 - on, and I think that's really exciting for two reasons. One, I
00:16:46 - think it's really exciting because it makes the exam and the
00:16:49 - certification far more relevant. It means that yes, I can,
00:16:54 - I can prove to you I know how to use this tool. I can't, in the past,
00:16:59 - I'm not going to say the exams were, were, were not
00:17:03 - qualifying us, but in the, in the past, the exams would give you
00:17:07 - a passing grade if you were good at memorization. Well now, the exam
00:17:12 - is gonna give you a passing grade for your certification,
00:17:15 - if you can prove that you know how to use the product. So I think
00:17:19 - that's really exciting, and, "b", I think it makes the exam far
00:17:24 - more passable, because it's not based on memorization. It's based on
00:17:27 - live, practical application. So, some really exciting changes
00:17:32 - in the exam itself.
00:17:34 - You want more details on the exam? Go to microsoft.com, to
00:17:38 - their learning area, and get all of the specific to understand
00:17:43 - how many questions, what the passing grade is, what the, the application
00:17:46 - process is, what, et cetera, et cetera. I'm not going to regurgitate
00:17:51 - everything that Microsoft has for you already out on the web,
00:17:54 - and from there, Microsoft will point you to the appropriate
00:17:57 - learning centers, or the online test centers, because Microsoft
00:18:00 - themselves do not administer the exam, but from microsoft.com/learning,
00:18:04 - it will allow you to search for, find the online
00:18:09 - test center nearest to where you live or where you work. Schedule
00:18:13 - the exam, and then go in and pass the exam based on this new,
00:18:18 - exciting live application for our Microsoft Project certification,
00:18:23 - and one final, brief discussion on some tips and hints for taking
00:18:27 - the exam, and then we'll get in to actually using Microsoft
00:18:31 - Project. This is the last whiteboard you have to sit through
00:18:34 - in this nugget.
00:18:36 - Be prepared. Go through the material in this nugget,
00:18:41 - practice with Microsoft Project. Download my sample files that
00:18:45 - I have in nugget lab, be prepared, be confident. Use MSP.
00:18:53 - Understand
00:18:58 - MSP, and when you're prepared and confident, you're going
00:19:01 - to be far more mentally prepared to pass the exam, and a large
00:19:07 - part of being prepared is reviewing this nugget series, one
00:19:11 - times, two times, however many times you need to go through this nugget
00:19:14 - series to get that confidence. Review the nuggets that you need
00:19:18 - more help on, multiple times, and pass over the nuggets in the
00:19:22 - areas that you already have the, the, the basic information,
00:19:26 - the basic understanding of Microsoft Project, but be prepared
00:19:30 - and be confident, be in that positive state of mind.
00:19:34 - Find the exam site the day, or before the day, of the exam.
00:19:39 - The exam site may be in a different part of the town than
00:19:43 - you normally go to, or the exam site maybe in a different town
00:19:47 - altogether. In advance of, probably the weekend before you're scheduled
00:19:51 - to take your exam, put the family in the car, pack a picnic lunch,
00:19:56 - go for a drive and find the exam site. Understand the best
00:19:59 - road in, be aware of, is there construction already going
00:20:04 - on, what do I need to do to, to, be prepared to get to that exam
00:20:09 - site, well in advance of the actual time of the exam, which
00:20:14 - leads us to the next one, arrive early.
00:20:18 - If you're exam is scheduled for nine o' clock in the morning,
00:20:21 - I would suggest getting there by at least eight. That way, any
00:20:25 - stress of traffic, any stress of getting lost, any stress
00:20:29 - of construction, will be eliminated because you know you have
00:20:32 - that extra hour to get there. You arrive early, you've got an
00:20:36 - hour to, to kill, find a park, sit down and get yourself into
00:20:41 - that prepared, confident state of mind. Find a coffee shop, do
00:20:46 - whatever it's gonna take to get yourself into that positive
00:20:50 - state of mind, but if you arrive early, you've eliminated the
00:20:54 - travel stress, and you've given yourself the time to be
00:20:58 - prepared. The second you sit in the exam, write notes
00:21:04 - to yourself. If you have areas you're unsure of, of remembering,
00:21:13 - if you have your own, and I'm gonna say cheat sheets, and I, I, I mean
00:21:18 - that in a positive sense, not in the negative sense,
00:21:23 - but if you have specific things that you want to ensure you
00:21:26 - remember, write notes to yourself the second you get into the exam,
00:21:31 - you sit down,
00:21:34 - and then, using the tools the exam centers provided for you, and different
00:21:37 - exam centers are gonna give you different tools. Some exam
00:21:40 - centers are gonna give you pencil and paper. Some exam centers
00:21:43 - are gonna give you a whiteboard and an erasable
00:21:45 - marker. Some exam centers are going to give you a computer with
00:21:49 - a notepad,
00:21:51 - but you're always going to have some ability, in that exam
00:21:54 - center, to sit down and do your mental brain dump.
00:22:03 - If there's anything that's stressing you, if there's anything
00:22:05 - that you're unsure of remembering, if you have this mental cheat sheet
00:22:09 - of things you want to ensure are, are there, front and center as
00:22:14 - you're taking your exam, write those notes to yourself using
00:22:17 - the tools given you, to by the exam center.
00:22:21 - Then you're ready to take the exam.
00:22:24 - Understand the question. Read, reread, and then re-reread
00:22:33 - the exam question, and ensure that you thoroughly understand
00:22:40 - what it is they're asking, and then read and reread the sample
00:22:45 - questions, or carefully work through the live action of using
00:22:51 - Microsoft Project, to complete the question appropriately.
00:22:56 - Find the best answer to every question,
00:23:00 - and make sure you answer all questions. This isn't one of those
00:23:05 - exams where a right cancels a wrong, we are penalized for guessing.
00:23:10 - In this certification, if there's truly an, an exam question
00:23:14 - that you do not know how to answer,
00:23:17 - guess, but don't guess right off the top. If there's exam questions
00:23:22 - you aren't sure what the right answers is, mark them for review. Again,
00:23:26 - the exam itself is gonna have some facility to mark the
00:23:30 - question, to go back and rereview, after you've completed.
00:23:34 - Get through the exam once, answer all of the questions that
00:23:38 - you can easily, again, build up your confidence, there, I passed through
00:23:41 - the exam, I've gone through 80% of the questions, and I'm confident
00:23:45 - I've got them all right, then you go back and look at the questions
00:23:49 - that you've marked for review, spend some more time on those,
00:23:53 - go back and look at your, your notes to yourself, answer the
00:23:57 - next bunch of questions that you weren't exactly sure,
00:24:00 - that you needed more time to think about and review, bring
00:24:03 - that percentage up to the 95%, and then if there's
00:24:07 - questions remaining and you're running out of time,
00:24:11 - guess the best answer that you're gonna get. Again, you're
00:24:14 - not going to be penalized, so don't go out of that exam with any questions
00:24:18 - unanswered, and because this is a live action exam,
00:24:24 - don't go changing settings not related to the question. If
00:24:28 - the question specifically tells you, show me how to change the
00:24:33 - task type,
00:24:35 - then absolutely, you're gonna want to go into options, and you're gonna
00:24:38 - set the task type, but if the exam questions says, show me
00:24:43 - how you would assign work to this resource, to this task,
00:24:48 - don't go in and start second guessing the settings, oh, they
00:24:52 - have this set as a fixed duration task, if I was doing this,
00:24:55 - I would probably have called this a fixed work task, so therefore I'm gonna go in, I'm gonna
00:24:59 - set, no. If the question asked you to change the task type,
00:25:04 - then do it, but if the question asked you to assign an, a resource
00:25:09 - to the task,
00:25:11 - then do the minimum to answer the specific question, but don't
00:25:15 - go changing the settings that are not directly related to the
00:25:19 - question you're working on.
00:25:22 - So finally we're in Microsoft Project. I have opened an existing
00:25:26 - project, that's called Dream Home. Dream Home is available
00:25:29 - to you on, on nuggetlab.com, so you will want to go to nuggetlab.com
00:25:33 - and download, not only Dream Home, but all of the various
00:25:38 - sample MPP files I have out there, because we will be referring
00:25:41 - to different versions of this Dream Home plan as we go through
00:25:46 - this nugget series.
00:25:48 - For those of you who've used Microsoft Project before, you will notice
00:25:52 - an instant, significant change in Project 10, and that's the
00:25:57 - application of the ribbon.
00:25:59 - So, right now I am in, on the ribbon on the task group, and, in
00:26:03 - fact, we have multiple versions of the ribbon, or, or multiple
00:26:09 - focuses of the ribbon for task resources, project view, and et cetera. We'll come
00:26:14 - to an exam, what's on, on those in just a moment.
00:26:17 - The ribbon is organized, or has organized all of the main Microsoft
00:26:21 - Project functionality that you would want to do, related to
00:26:25 - a task. So we can control the view, we can operate our clipboard, we
00:26:30 - can control the fonts, we can do a lot of scheduling activities,
00:26:34 - we can deal with the tasks, whether they're manually scheduled tasks, or auto
00:26:38 - scheduled tasks, we can talk about the properties, and
00:26:42 - so on, and we'll explore all of the functionality on the ribbon
00:26:46 - as we go through this nugget series. I just wanted to point out
00:26:49 - that the, the ribbons have been organized to provide all of
00:26:54 - the information that you would want to do as a project manager,
00:26:57 - related to task work, on this ribbon,
00:27:00 - and then when we move to the resource ribbon, we again have organized,
00:27:04 - we have, Microsoft has organized all of the information related
00:27:08 - to be in managing the views, working with your assignments, inserting
00:27:12 - resources, managing the properties of resources, and doing
00:27:17 - the leveling of your resources, have all been organized under the
00:27:20 - resource tab ribbon.
00:27:23 - The project ribbon, again, has organized all of the information
00:27:26 - we would want to do at a project level, working with sub projects,
00:27:30 - managing our project properties, working with the schedule
00:27:34 - and setting the baseline, maintaining the status information of
00:27:38 - the project, and working on the reports at the project level.
00:27:43 - The view is all about formatting and managing our views.
00:27:47 - Views is a Microsoft Project terminology, so again, if you're new
00:27:51 - to Microsoft Project, what you're seeing on, on this particular
00:27:55 - ribbon may not make a lot of sense, but we will be exploring
00:27:58 - views in great detail in a future nugget, so just bear with
00:28:02 - me. We have everything we would want to do with views, and finally
00:28:06 - we have everything that we would want to do with formatting
00:28:10 - the project plan itself, organized into the format ribbon in Microsoft
00:28:15 - Project 10, and finally, not directly related to ribbon, we
00:28:20 - have the backstage. So if we click on the file, it'll take
00:28:24 - us to the backstage function in Project 10,
00:28:29 - and the backstage has the administrative for Save, Save As,
00:28:34 - Open, Close, dealing with project information, opening your recents,
00:28:39 - doing a New, doing the Print, Save & Send. The one thing on the
00:28:44 - backstage that I would call specific attention to, is Options.
00:28:49 - In the past, we got to our Options under Tools, Options. In
00:28:54 - Project 10, we get to our Options and we have the same information
00:28:58 - on these options that we had in, in earlier versions of Project
00:29:01 - 10. We just get to it in a different location. We get to it
00:29:05 - from the backstage, rather than going Tools, Options, as we would
00:29:09 - have done in earlier releases of Microsoft Project, and one
00:29:14 - other minor item that I'll mention to you on the backstage,
00:29:18 - is this button here, for Exit.
00:29:21 - This Exit button does not exit you from the backstage, back into
00:29:26 - the ribbon-focused area of Microsoft. This Exit is the
00:29:30 - same as the big red x in the upper corner. You're actually exiting
00:29:34 - Microsoft Project itself. If you're in the backstage and you
00:29:39 - wanna go back to tradi, traditional Microsoft Project functionality,
00:29:42 - you simply pick one of the other tabs for one of the, I'm gonna call it,
00:29:46 - active ribbons, as opposed to the backstage file.
00:29:52 - Now, speaking of moving things around, we just discussed that
00:29:56 - the Options got moved to the backstage. The other thing we need
00:30:00 - to be aware of, with this new ribbon approach in Microsoft Project,
00:30:04 - is the functionality has been moved and grouped. As I discussed
00:30:09 - already, everything related to the task is on this ribbon. As
00:30:15 - I was beginning to use Project 10, it took me some time to get
00:30:19 - used to where different buttons, different features were grouped
00:30:24 - by Microsoft, and since a lot of the work with project creation
00:30:29 - is done at the task level, you're creating the WBS, this is a
00:30:33 - ribbon you would have opened a lot of the time. So you're going
00:30:36 - through, you've created your WBS, you've got your estimates in,
00:30:40 - and now you want to start assigning resources, and you look
00:30:43 - all over the ribbon, looking for that familiar icon of the
00:30:47 - two people side by side, and you're not seeing the icon for assigning
00:30:52 - resources anywhere, and you're really getting frustrated with
00:30:56 - Microsoft Project saying, where is my assigning resources button,
00:31:00 - and then finally, at least for Steve, he clued in and said, I'm using
00:31:05 - the word resource in that quest a lot. I bet you, if I go look
00:31:09 - at the resource tab,
00:31:12 - there is the exact icon I was looking for, the Assign Resources.
00:31:15 - So again, took Steve a little while to get used to the fact that
00:31:20 - everything on this ribbon is focused on task. Working on my
00:31:24 - schedule, dealing with my formatting. Everything on this ribbon
00:31:28 - is focused on my resources, and again, Steve's prime function
00:31:32 - is assigning resources, and leveling his resources, and as
00:31:37 - soon as Steve got used to all of that being on the Resource tab, Project
00:31:41 - 10 became a lot easier and more friendly to work with. Same
00:31:46 - thing, as I'm dealing with the project and I'm trying to set my baseline,
00:31:50 - I'm dealing with my status dates, that's all on the Project
00:31:54 - tab or the Project ribbon. So just a little word of caution,
00:31:58 - that you need to get used to where and how Microsoft has rearranged
00:32:03 - the functionality on the various ribbons.
00:32:08 - So that's it for the new functionality that we have related
00:32:10 - to the ribbon. This next segment of this introductory nugget
00:32:14 - is nothing new in Project 10, but I think it's critical
00:32:18 - that I go through this functionality for new users of Microsoft
00:32:22 - Project, and that's basic screen navigation within the working
00:32:27 - area of Microsoft Project. Microsoft Project presents information
00:32:32 - to you in views. We have a nugget later in the series focused
00:32:37 - on defining and managing views, so at this point just bear with
00:32:40 - me, that I have a view called the Gantt Chart, and my Gantt Chart view
00:32:45 - has two parts to it. I have the left hand part, which is what
00:32:49 - I call my column or my data area, and we can see my columns, I have
00:32:54 - a column for Task Name and Duration, and Start and Finish, Predecessors
00:32:58 - and Resource Names, and I have a slider bar here that allows
00:33:02 - me to scroll over and see additional information in this portion
00:33:06 - of my screen, and I also have a right portion of my screen,
00:33:11 - which is my calendar area, and again, I can scroll back and
00:33:15 - forth, and see which time segment of my calendar I'm looking
00:33:20 - at; and we have a divider
00:33:24 - window, that allows me to control how much real estate I'm
00:33:28 - devoting to each half, half being a relative term, each segment
00:33:34 - of my screen, and I still have my ability to scroll back and
00:33:37 - forth in my resized windows. Pretty standard functionality.
00:33:43 - I don't think there's any surprises to, to any of this, even
00:33:46 - for new Microsoft Project users. The key thing is the recognizing
00:33:50 - that my window is divided into two separate scrollable segments.
00:33:57 - Now, for this scrollable segment,
00:34:02 - the, the screen is not divided. When I scroll up and down this
00:34:05 - way, both of my windows are synchronized. So as I scroll up, it is scrolling
00:34:12 - both my column text area, and my calendar area. Again, I think probably
00:34:18 - standard functionality that you would expect to see in really
00:34:22 - any Windows product, in terms of scrolling independent windows,
00:34:26 - as well as scrolling windows that are linked or, or, or attached
00:34:32 - to each other.
00:34:34 - The other consideration for basic screen navigation in Microsoft
00:34:37 - Project, is not as relevant in a small project such as this,
00:34:42 - where I only have 14 lines, but if this was a large project
00:34:46 - with hundreds of lines, standard keyboard functionality for
00:34:50 - page up, page down,
00:34:53 - operates exactly as you would expect it to, the equivalent of
00:34:57 - doing scrolling in this particular elevator bar here. So,
00:35:02 - faster ways to scroll up and down, and we also have faster ways
00:35:07 - to scroll left and right in our various windows, or frames,
00:35:11 - by combining the Ctrl key and the up and down, or the Alt
00:35:17 - key and the up or down. So, if I do the Ctrl key, and I do
00:35:22 - a page up and page down, its scrolling my column, or my
00:35:27 - data area, left and right. So again, I'm holding the Ctrl key
00:35:31 - down and I'm paging up and down, doing fast scrolling through my
00:35:38 - left frame, or my column area, and if I do the same on the Alt
00:35:42 - key and do up and down, I'm fast scrolling through my calendar
00:35:47 - area and moving my screen appropriately,
00:35:51 - and one final piece of information I want to leave you with
00:35:54 - in this introductory nugget related to navigation, is the ability
00:35:57 - to further split our screen to show some detailed information
00:36:03 - for the tab, or the task, that's in focus, and we do that
00:36:07 - further split of our screen, right down here in the far right hand corner,
00:36:11 - we have a little bar, and if I mouse over that, and then do a click and
00:36:17 - drag, I'm moving the bar up, and I'm bringing in the detail
00:36:22 - Task Form, and the detailed Task Form has given me additional
00:36:27 - details about the task that I have in focus. Right now, I'm on
00:36:30 - My Dream Home, my overall project master task, and it's telling
00:36:36 - me the duration, and start date and end date. If I move down to a,
00:36:40 - an active working task in my project plan, the bolded tasks are summary
00:36:47 - tasks, and the unbolded tasks are the detailed tasks. I get the same
00:36:51 - information, this is the task, the duration, the start date, the
00:36:55 - end date, and additional information telling me that the surveyor
00:37:00 - is assigned to work on that task. They're working a 100%
00:37:02 - of their time, it's going to take them 24 hours
00:37:06 - of work,
00:37:07 - and, as I begin to track the project plan, it's gonna allow
00:37:11 - me to understand how the tracking is varying from, from reality.
00:37:16 - If I move to another task, I'm gonna get the same detailed information
00:37:20 - related to that particular task, so just another piece of basic screen
00:37:25 - navigation, screen management, that's essential for you to understand
00:37:29 - as we roll up our sleeves in our next nuggets, and begin
00:37:33 - to actively explore using Microsoft Project. When we're done
00:37:37 - with this split window, we simply again, go and drag it down,
00:37:42 - and take it out of sight and we're back into our main view. We want it back,
00:37:46 - we bring it back up.
00:37:49 - With that, our basic overview of Microsoft Project is done. Now
00:37:53 - we're ready for our detailed nuggets, focused on using Microsoft Project
00:37:58 - as a tool for managing projects.
00:38:01 - This concludes our nugget providing an overview of Microsoft Project. In
00:38:05 - this nugget we discussed what is Project. It is a tool,
00:38:10 - it's a very powerful tool. It's a tool, as I said, I wouldn't
00:38:13 - want to attempt to manage a project without, but it is a tool.
00:38:17 - It helps us create a schedule. It cre, helps us do analysis. It
00:38:24 - helps us do tracking and management, and it's a powerful
00:38:32 - communications tool,
00:38:36 - but it's just a tool that we need to learn and use appropriately
00:38:41 - as project managers. We provided an overview of the new features
00:38:45 - in Project 10. I will be calling out these features throughout
00:38:48 - the nuggets as we go through and we start to work with the new
00:38:51 - functionality in Project 10. We provided an overview of the
00:38:55 - exam 77-178. This is a very exciting
00:38:58 - new exam, in that it is tool-based.
00:39:05 - There you're actually gonna get a chance to roll up your sleeves
00:39:08 - and use Microsoft Project to prove to the world, to prove to
00:39:11 - your boss, that you understand this tool. So I think that's
00:39:16 - a really exciting new feature in this exam itself, and finally,
00:39:20 - we started with an overview of what the tool, Microsoft Project,
00:39:25 - is, a very brief overview. We're going to be rolling up our sleeves
00:39:28 - and using Microsoft Project throughout all of the remaining nuggets in
00:39:31 - this series, but we have kicked off what Microsoft Project is,
00:39:37 - what the exam is, and have you prepared to take the rest of
00:39:41 - the nuggets in the series. This concludes our nugget on Microsoft
00:39:45 - Project overview and preparing for exam 77-178,
00:39:49 - Managing Projects Using MSP 2010. I hope this module
00:39:55 - has been informative for you, and thank you very much for viewing.

Create a New Project

Create and Maintain Calendars

Create Custom Fields

Customize Options Settings

Setup Project Information & Create a Logical Project Structure

Create a Logical Schedule Module

Create a User Controlled Schedule

Manage Multiple Projects

Enter and Edit Resource Information

Assign Resources

Edit Assignments

Manage Resource Allocation

Manage Resource Allocation using Team Planner

Model Project Costs

Setting Project Baseline and Tracking Percentage Completion

Setting Project Baseline and Tracking Percentage Completion 2

Comparing Progress Against a Baseline

Comparing Progress Against a Baseline – Remedial Actions

Task Inspector, Critical Path and Earned Value Management

Using Views and Tables

Fine Tuning Views and Tables

Share Data with External Sources

Print Schedules and Reports

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Project Management, MS Project, Development Methodologies, Agile Development

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