Critical Path Modeling Using Microsoft Project Course

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Who is this course for

The Critical Path Modeling Using Microsoft Project Course is designed for project managers, schedulers, and planning professionals who are keen on mastering the intricacies of using Microsoft Project for effective project planning and scheduling. It’s particularly beneficial for those working in industries where project timelines and resource allocation are critical, such as construction, engineering, IT, and manufacturing.

Whether you’re a seasoned project manager looking to refine your scheduling techniques or a new planner seeking to build a solid foundation in critical path method (CPM) using Microsoft Project, this course offers valuable insights and practical skills. Ideal for professionals aiming to enhance their project management toolkit with advanced scheduling capabilities, this course will empower you to deliver projects more efficiently by optimizing resource allocation and timelines through the critical path method.

What will you learn in this course

The course begins by providing an overview of the benefits of a well-structured project plan and the overall approach to using MS Project as a critical path modeling tool. Approaches to estimating and modeling resource and cost requirements are taught, as well as the use of project and resource calendars to support resource leveling and critical path determination.

The second class will begin with a review of the various work and predecessor types within MS Project, and how they support modeling the project’s critical path. You will then learn how structure project plans so that they leverage the calendars, work types and dependencies effectively to determine the optimal project plan for the resources and work required.

The third class describes how to use resource leveling to determine timelines and resource requirements for projects. This lesson outlines an iterative process using resource, constraint and Gantt chart views to optimize the project timeline and budget, including techniques for leveling large, multi-phase projects.

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Instructor Info:

Sam Bell leverages over 35 years of IT and project management experience in managing security infrastructure, assessments, data warehouse, call center, reporting and construction projects. His focus on process improvement ensures a consistent, repeatable, and measurable approach is taken to deliver value and a secure operating environment for clients. Sam is Edwards Chief Information Security Officer, and also leads NIST 800-53, HIPAA, NIST CSF, and CMMC readiness assessments for firms of all sizes, across diverse industries.  Sam holds credentials as a PMP, SSCP and CMMC RP.

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