Join Bonnie Biafore for an in-depth discussion in this video What you need to know, part of Managing Resource-Constrained Projects with Microsoft Project.
- This course focuses on managing projects when resources are limited. I'm not going to cover many Microsoft Project basics. Here's what you should already know about Project: You should be familiar with all the different tabs and the commands on them. The Task tab, for working on Task-related activities, like changing the outline, or linking them. The Resource tab is where you can assign resources or level them to remove overallocations.
On the Project tab you can change working time. The View tab lets you select different views as well as customize those views in various ways. And finally, the Format tab is a context-sensitive tab that changes depending on which view you're looking at. Speaking of views, you should be comfortable working with them too. For example, from the Task tab, if you click the top half of the Gantt Chart button, it displays the Gantt Chart. On the other hand, if you click the bottom half of the button, you get a drop-down menu with various views that you can select.
Also from the Task tab, you should be up to speed on creating and linking tasks to build a Project schedule. You should also be able to create resources with different types and different settings. And you should be able to assign resources to tasks. Whether you do that from the Task form or you open up the Assigned Resources dialogue box. If you find that you aren't as familiar with Project as you should be, check out my Project Essential Tutorials courses in the Lynda.com online training library.
Taught by expert project manager Bonnie Biafore, this course first shows how to create a resource plan to see if a project is feasible given the available resources. Then learn how to schedule project resources, assign them to tasks, check for overallocations, and resolve issues with techniques like substituting resources and extending and delaying tasks. Once the plan is established and work is ready to start, Bonnie shows how to execute the schedule by setting a baseline, entering actuals for the project, and recording overtime.
Note: This course was designed in collaboration with author John Riopel.
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- Developing a project resource plan
- Replacing and substituting resources
- Tracking down overallocations
- Assigning contractors to offload work
- Adding resources
- Leveling resources
- Recording project progress
- Assigning overtime