Mastering Microsoft Project 2013
Project management is both a skill and an art. Some people are naturally great at it because they possess the characteristics to be efficient at managing tasks to achieve the desired outcome. Others can learn to be great at it, but it’s a lot easier if you have help from advanced project management software such as Microsoft Project. Project has long been used by project managers to keep things running efficiently and bring in results under budget and on time. Let’s look at some of the features and benefits of Microsoft Project.
The science of project management has taken advantage of technology to provide intuitive ways to track and schedule tasks. Charts, graphs and different ways to view the progression of a project have made the job of managing resources and timelines much easier.
Tools such as Gantt Charts, task sheets, calendars, reports and various types of charts and graphs are all included in Microsoft Project and can be easily generated and displayed to help convey the current status of a project. All of these tools help the project manager view the schedule from different angles and help mitigate potential delays and roadblocks.
Task Management Features
You can utilize the filters, highlighters, and groups to quickly point out weak spots or potentially late tasks. Microsoft Project includes many types of tools so that you can manage tasks and resources to keep your project on track and deliver the desired results on time. You can determine the criteria for these features and the project timeline can be customized to provide the information you deem to be valuable in the context of the particular project.
Project can easily communicate with other powerful Microsoft enterprise productivity tools such as Word, Excel and SharePoint. There are also tons of third party add-ons and plug-ins that can be installed that perform specific tasks and make Project more powerful. Project Server can also be utilized to provide access to ad hoc reports and facilitate co-management and collaboration with a team.
Like other Microsoft products, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to use Project. There are tons of tutorials and wizards that will help you get it up and running quickly. It won’t teach you everything you need to know about the science of project management, but it will give you all the tools that you could ever need to exercise the principles and methodologies of the discipline. Just like the other Microsoft products, Project is easy to use when completing low-level tasks right away by almost anyone with a little project management experience.
Like many other Microsoft products, Project is the industry standard software for project management. Any experience you have with the software will look great on your resume. If you obtain training, you will become more marketable, can command a higher salary and even earn preference in the hiring process over other applicants who lack your experience.
To master Microsoft Project and unlock its true potential, your best bet is to obtain valuable training from a provider such as ONLC. We provide remote classroom instruction at locations across the country. Contact us today to get started on your journey to maximizing your potential as an expert project manager.