Join Bonnie Biafore for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Managing Subcontractor Projects with Microsoft Project.
- If you're a premium member of the lynda.com online training library, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this course. You'll find these files in the Exercise Files folder which I've placed on the desktop. But you can store it wherever you like. These files reside in subfolders named according to the chapters. Beginning with chapter two, the chapter subfolders include an additional layer of subfolders, one for each movie in the chapter.
These subfolders include copies of the main project file and the subproject, provided by one of the subcontractors. You don't have to use these files. You can use files of your own. If you're a monthly or annual subscriber to lynda.com, you have access to several free exercise files where I've already set up some tasks, resources, and assignments for you. That way, you don't have to spend time creating those records. This course builds up the project from movie to movie, so you can use these files to follow along.
Let's get started.
Expert project manager Bonnie Biafore introduces approaches for working with subcontractors, including how to set them up in Project and incorporate their schedules. The course then explains how to set up multiperson team resources, assign subcontractors to tasks, periodically update the project, and review subcontractor performance based on cost, work, and schedule, and in relation to the overall project. Follow along with the sample Project file, featuring before-and-after examples you can use to compare your work to the author's.
Note: This course was designed in collaboration with author John Riopel. The techniques apply to Project 2010, 2013, and 2016.
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- Explain how to show the type of contract for a new resource.
- Recall how to set up a team resource to track time and cost.
- Recognize the benefits of inserting a subcontractor’s project into a main project file.
- Determine how to add a summary task as a part of a last milestone.
- Identify the steps taken to view all tasks assigned to a specific subcontractor.
- Summarize the type of relationships shown in four kinds of charts in the Resource Cost Overview.