Join Bonnie Biafore for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know before watching this course, part of Managing Subcontractor Projects with Microsoft Project.
- [Voiceover] This course focuses on managing projects where work is outsourced to subcontractors. I'm not going to cover many Microsoft Project basics. Here's what you should already know about Project. You should be familiar with working with the project ribbon, getting the features that you need on the different tabs. You should also be familiar with the context sensitive tabs like Format, that change depending on which view you're looking at. Speaking of views, you should be comfortable with working with them as well.
Not just selecting the one you want to see, but all the features for changing the way views look, from sorting, to changing the table that appears, filtering or grouping the context, and turning on either the timeline view at the top or the details pane with a second view at the bottom. You should also be up to speed with creating and linking tasks to build a schedule. You should also be familiar with working with the resource sheet, and the basics of creating work and cost resources.
You should also be able to assign resources to tasks. Finally, you should understand the difference between baseline, scheduled, and actual values. If you discover that you aren't as familiar with Project as you should be, check out my Project Essentials Tutorial courses in the Lynda.com online training library.
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.
- Setting up hourly subcontractors
- Creating multiperson subcontractor resources
- Inserting subcontractor schedules
- Assigning subcontractors
- Handling progress information
- Analyzing subcontractor and project performance