Project Planning & Control Using Microsoft Project

Course Outline

  1. Project Management Concepts & Methods
    • What is Project? Understand Construction Project Lifecycles  and its process.
    • Recognize Project Planning and Controlling techniques and methods and its development history.
    • Common conceptions and misconceptions in Project Planning and Controlling
  2. Getting Started with Microsoft Project©
    • Understand what work programme is all about, and the clockwork behind Microsoft Project©.
    • Initial preparations: abstracting project data from drawings and Bill of Quantity.
    • Exploring Microsoft Project© interface and its basic functions and customize layout.
  3. Activity Scheduling and Networking
    • Setting up primary working calendars and secondary or multiple calendars.
    • Develop WBS, work groups or phases, cascading activities or tasks and Gantt chart.
    • Create new activities, insert activity details and build its interdependent relationships.
  4. Resource Assignment and Allocation
    • Understand resource type and its capability.
    • Correlate resource productivity with task duration
    • See resources used in a project, which task it is responsible for and total quantity needed.
  5. Optimizing Work Programme
    • Why critical tasks are critical and how to identify them?
    • What is the difference between slack and lag and how to use them?
    • Improvise critical tasks to optimize project duration and meet project completion date.
  6. Generate Project Price S-Curve  Chart
    • Common S-Curve used in Malaysia construction industry and its misconception.
    • Extracting project price from Bill of Quantity and incorporate it into Microsoft Project©
    • Generate S-Curve automatically using Microsoft Project© tool or manually with Microsoft Excel©.
  7. Tracking & Interpreting Project Performance
    • Actual vs. Planned: spot the difference.
    • Know the etiquette of on-going project data collection and archiving.
    • Create baseline, add actual data, compare them and interpret project performance.
  8. Work Programme Printing and Security
    • Identify your audience and crucial information to be shown.
    • Show, hide or rearrange work programme layout and appearance.
    • Tweak printing format and protect project file