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Managing Projects and Programs

This course is intended for project managers, program managers, members of the project management office, or participants in the deployment of an EPM solution, who are responsible for managing, analyzing, and reporting on projects and programs in the Microsoft Office EPM environment. Further, these individuals are able to refine the Office EPM environment to create solutions to business problems. A solid understanding of key project management concepts and terminology as found in the Project Management Institute (PMI), A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide), Third Edition, and The Standard for Program Management is recommended. Additionally, substantial hands-on experience is recommended in Microsoft Office Project Professional 2007, Project Server 2007, and Project Web Access prior to attending the course.

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Who is the course for

This course is intended for project managers, program managers, members of the project management office, or participants in the deployment of an EPM solution, who are responsible for managing, analyzing, and reporting on projects and programs in the Microsoft Office EPM environment. Further, these individuals are able to refine the Office EPM environment to create solutions to business problems.

What we teach you

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Define project, program, and portfolio management and explain their interrelationships in an enterprise environment.
  • Describe the architecture and components of the Microsoft Office Enterprise Project Management Solution and navigate the key interfaces of Office Project 2007, Project Server 2007, and Project Web Access.
  • Define a standardized methodology for program governance.
  • Propose and apply updates to an enterprise environment.
  • Define a program by establishing its characteristics and parameters and delineate program benefits.
  • Deliver the detailed plan of a program and optimize the program for time, cost, and resources in order to establish a program baseline.
  • Define program resources, and after identifying the critical resources, review and update the program plan and baseline.
  • Track the work of the program resources in timesheets and the task progress of the program in Project Web Access and Project 2007.
  • Define Earned Value Management (EVM) and perform EVM, including metrics, variances, and performance indexes, in order to create forecasts and make effective adjustments to the program.
  • Use Project Center and the Data Analysis (OLAP Cube) feature to view and report the status of a program and to make forecasts.
  • Configure project workspaces to meet the needs of a program.
  • Describe the closing process for a program and propose changes to the enterprise environment based on the lessons learned through a program life cycle.

Required skills

Before attending this course, students must have:

  • Fundamental knowledge of project management.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office Project to create project schedules.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office Project Web Access.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Project Server, preferably Office Project Server 2007.
  • Experience with the Windows XP or Windows Vista operating system.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Excel 2003 or 2007.

In addition, it is recommended, but not required, that students have:

  • Familiarity with the key project management concepts and terminology found in the PMI PMBOK Guide - Third Edition.
  • Familiarity with the key program management concepts and terminology found in PMI’s The Standard for Program Management.
  • Completed MOC Course 5927: Microsoft Office Project 2007, Managing Projects.
  • Completed MOC Course 5928: Microsoft Office Project Server 2007, Managing Projects.

Teaching methods

Expert instruction with practical examples, computer practice

Teaching materials

Original Microsoft Student Guide, price is not included.

Course Outline

Module 1: Managing Enterprise Projects, Programs, and Portfolios

This module defines and explains project, program, and portfolio management, their interrelationships, and how they work and are managed in an enterprise. Participants will be able to describe general program management standards and define general program management terminology.

Lessons

  • Managing Projects, Programs, and Portfolios in an Enterprise.
  • Understanding Program Management Standards and Terminology.

Module 2: Working with the Enterprise Project Management Solution 2007

This module explores the features, benefits, components, and architecture of the Office EPM Solution. Also, the different client interfaces that are available as part of Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 are described and demonstrated so that you can become familiar with techniques for navigating the interfaces as various users.

  • Understanding the EPM t Solution 2007.
  • Navigating the EPM Solution Interfaces.

Lab: Working with the EPM Solution

  • Reviewing the Project Center.
  • Reviewing Project Details.
  • Reviewing the Resource Center.
  • Reviewing Project Workspaces.

Module 3: Program Management

This module explains how to define a standardized methodology for program management. It also defines the necessary policies, procedures, and required infrastructures to establish program management properly in enterprise organizations.

Lessons

  • Understanding Program Management.
  • Program Management in the Organization.
  • Defining Policies and Procedures for Program Management.
  • Program Life Cycle Process and Phases.

Module 4: Defining and Creating the Enterprise Environment

This module explains the default configurations in Office Project Server 2007. You will then learn how to propose and apply configuration changes to an enterprise environment as they pertain to program management activities.

Lessons

  • Reviewing the Default Settings of Office Project Server 2007.
  • Implementing Changes in an Enterprise Environment.

Module 5: Setting Up the Program

This module explains how to establish the characteristics and parameters of a program and define the program benefits in the context of Office Project Server 2007. It also describes how to identify ways to optimize the Project Server 2007 enterprise environment to effectively and efficiently implement and execute your programs.

Lessons

  • Working with a Program.
  • Customizing Permissions and Enterprise Fields.

Lab 1: Proposing Changes to the Enterprise Environment

  • Proposing Changes to the Enterprise Environment.

Lab 2: Updating the Definition of a Program in Office Project Server 2007

  • Updating the Definition of a Program in Office Project Server.

Module 6: Planning the Program

This module explains how to deliver the detailed plan of a program and optimize the program for time, cost, and resources in order to establish a program baseline in the context of Office Project Server 2007.

Lessons

  • Developing a Detailed Plan of the Program.
  • Establishing Project Interdependencies in a Program.
  • Finalizing the Program Plan.

Lab 1: Adding and Deleting a Project and Resetting the Baseline

  • Removing a Project from the Program Plan.
  • Adding a New Project to the Program Plan and Creating Appropriate Interdependencies in the Program Plan.
  • Resetting the Baseline.

Lab 2: Proposing and Implementing Updates to Improve the Planning Process

  • Proposing Changes to the Enterprise Environment to Improve the Planning Process.
  • Implementing Changes to Views and Enterprise Fields.

Module 7: Managing the Resources

This module explains how to define program resources and, after identifying the critical resources, review and update the program plan and baseline.

Lessons

  • Updating the Enterprise Resource Pool and Replacing Resources.
  • Refining the Program Plan by Identifying Critical Resources.

Lab: Updating the Enterprise Resource Pool and Replacing Resources in the Program Plan

  • Incorporating New Resources into the E

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