EXP032.1 Advanced Enterprise Project Management (EPM)using MS Project Server

This seminar is designed for Project Managers who are using MS Project 2007 Professional as their computer tool for project management.

The Training:

  • is a “hands-on” seminar where participants will participate in building project files and saving them to MS Project Server
  • is focused on the use of a Web based computer application to facilitate communications among project managers, project team members and the various senior levels of the Enterprise/Organization
  • demonstrates how to use Project Server to facilitate and automate the communication of project planning and implementation
  • demonstrates how to send task assignments quickly and easily to team members and update project files automatically based on timesheet information

The focus is on the use of a Web based computer application to facilitate communications among project managers, project team members and the various senior levels of the Enterprise/Organization. Project Managers who use MS Project Professional will learn how to use Project Server to facilitate and automate the communication of project planning and implementation. You will learn how to send task assignments quickly and easily to team members as well as how to use the Web to update project files automatically based on timesheet information submitted to you by team members using Project Server on your corporate intranet. The timesheet information will provide updates on the work done by team members on project tasks. Reports from team members will be at intervals established by Project Managers.

This seminar will be most useful in organizations which have established a "Project Office" or are in the process of setting up a Project Office. It will provide a working knowledge of a system to facilitate communications in both directions from the Project Managers. Senior management will be able to review the status of all projects at a high level. Senior Project Managers will be able to review a portfolio of projects under project managers who report to them and project managers will have a facility for automatically keeping their project files current so that the whole system is meaningful and up to date.

The most effective approach to automating the Enterprise Project Management system is to train all project managers at an "In House" seminar where instruction will be given using the corporate Web Site and corporate software. Project Server can also be used effectively by individual Project Managers who are using MS Project Professional as their tool.

HOW IT WORKS

Only Project Managers are required to be using MS Project Professional

Team Members and Senior Management do not need MS Project. They only need to know how to access and use Project Server . Training of Team Members and Senior Management can be accomplished in three or four hours.

One person, who has been trained in the use of MS Project Professional is appointed as Administrator. The Administrator controls all authentication requirements to maintain the security of project information. All users are authorized to view and update only those items which the corporation wishes them to use for project communications.

Team members send their timesheets to the Project Server with the click of a button.

This system enables Project Managers to automatically update their project files as frequently as they wish. The Project Manager logs onto Project Server and information from team members is automatically loaded into the project file with the click of a button. This enables Project Managers to spend time viewing project data, using various scenarios, to make decisions which are based on up to date information.

METHODOLOGY

Two Seminar presenters will lead the process of learning good project communications principles and techniques. Project Communications will be discussed step by step in the sequence of events usually encountered by project managers when initiating a project. Each section of the Seminar will be followed by a work session where participants are given project team member identities for purposes of role playing while developing portions of a project model. The simulated project team members and the project manager will use Project Server as a communications tool to send and receive assignments and to prepare their timesheets and submit updated reports on project progress.

For "In House" seminars, it will be necessary to have a corporate training room where computers are connected to the corporate intranet. For a public seminar, participants will require a laptop computer which is equipped to connect to a high speed internet connection. Practice sessions will include work on Project Server, using the internet as the communications tool.

Time - 8:30 AM to 4:45 PM both days.

Delivery - The seminar is presented in nine sessions. Topics are presented in the sequence usually faced by a Project Manager during the normal process of initiating, planning, implementing, controlling and closing a project. Instruction is illustrated using Power Point, MS Project 2007 Professional, MS Word and Excel. We use two instructors and limit Seminar seats to 12. Two instructors with a small enrolment enables one on one coaching during work sessions.

On-Site seminars can be negotiated. Our on-site fee for a two-day seminar is $8,605 plus GST plus out of pocket expenses .

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made at least ten business days prior to the seminar, will receive a refund less 5% of the seminar fee as an administration charge. No refunds for cancellations of less than ten business days prior to the seminar.

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