157.246: Project Management and Systems Implementation
INTRODUCTION TO PROJECT MANAGEMENT
INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT PROJECT
FORMAT OF THIS ASSIGNMENT
USING MICROSOFT PROJECT IN PC COMPUTER LABORATORY
File SAVE and BACKUP requirements
Starting Microsoft Project
THE PALMERS GOLF COURSE PROJECT
Setting the Project Start Date
Setting default values
Set Current Date
Set the Calendar
Set the Working Time
Set the Project Calendar
Set the Gantt chart bar display
Enter tasks in the schedule
Durations and Milestones
Designating tasks and sub-tasks
Formatting the Deliverable
Deliverable #1: Initial Gantt Chart
Deliverable #2: Report
Create a resource list
Practical example of resource application
To change the relationship between the tasks with lag and lead times:
Allocating resources to Palmers Golf Course Project
Entering resources for each task
Entering and changing unit percentages
Deliverable #3: Resource Management
Updating the project schedule
Deliverable #4: Final Gantt Chat and Budget Report
This assignment is designed to provide you with practical experience in applying project management concepts. Specifically, the objectives of this assignment are:
* To learn fundamental skills in the use of project management software – in this case, Microsoft Project. * To produce key elements of a project management plan, including the adjustment of a project proposal to fit within a schedule. * To practice some professional communication skills as you write a memorandum to the Project Manager to explain your project plan and make recommendations for action.
You will follow this approach in completing this assignment:
* Learn to use the application. Use this assignment and the on-line tutorial to learn how to use Microsoft Project. * Apply what you learn from the tutorial to prepare a project plan then adjust that project plan to meet the adjusted requirements. * Prepare a memo that describes your revised project proposal. This will challenge your ability to explain and justify complex program changes in a brief memo with specific recommendations for action. * Finally, submit your assignment by the due date.
Microsoft Project will help you plan, manage, consolidate and communicate information about your projects efficiently, by combining the critical path method of scheduling with a graphical environment. It is used to construct Gantt charts, PERT (Project Evaluation Review Technique) charts and different types of both Task and Resource reports.
You are expected to work through this assignment in your own time, using either the PC computing laboratories or your home computer. If you have questions or problems with the Microsoft Project software or in completing the assignment, you should ask the tutor for assistance in the allocated lab times. INTRODUCTION TO PROJECT MANAGEMENT
At its core, project management is simply the planning, organizing and managing of tasks and resources to accomplish a defined objective, usually with constraints on time and cost. Most projects, whether they are large and complex or small and simple, can be planned by breaking the project into small, easily manageable tasks, scheduling the tasks, and then tracking the tasks as work progresses.
Project management helps you answer questions such as:
What is to be done?
Who will complete the task?
When must it be done?
How much will it cost?
What happens if work isn’t completed on time?
Typically, project management involves...
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