Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Course Review: MS Project 2016 Live Lessons – A Practical Guide for PMBOK and A Must Do Course for PMPs

By V Satya Viswanadha Raju, PMP

Why this Course?
I’ve been in the information technology sector for over twelve years and my overall industry experience is nearly fifteen years. In these years, I’ve seen many Project Managers completely schedule their work with Microsoft Excel for each and every work package or activities. This should ideally be done with Microsoft Project software, a specially designed tool for project managers. I guess project managers use manual scheduling or tools like Excel, because they may not be knowing the power and utility of MS Project software. Another aspect can be lack of skills and application of knowledge using MS Project software.

Post my Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, I was looking for a hands-on tool which can help in understanding on various areas in a project – schedule management, resource management, resource levelling, crashing, fast tracking etc. I also wanted to implement my learning from the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) and its applicability in real-world projects. This motivated me to take up the course of MS Project Live 2016 Lessons.

Features in this Course
First and foremost, the most vital aspect of MS Project 2016 Live Lessons is this: It covers the most important functions that every project manager performs in his or her daily work-life. The job of a project manager involves a number of activities and this course covers them all.
  • There are many features in this course which I really liked. They are: 
    • Schedule planning, management and control. 
    • Resource pooling, multi resource plan management.
    • Generating reports from MS Project to presentable formats such as MS PowerPoint (e.g., the Timeline View can be directly exported) or formats such as excel because not every stakeholder wants to have the reports in MS Project.  
  • Another key feature of this course is this: it covers many theoretical aspects of the PMBOK guide in a practical way. Here are some instances where I found my understanding of the PMBOK guide perfectly applied with a practical tool. 
    • You will know how to create an end-to-end schedule with tasks or activities, milestones, dependencies and loading of resources.
    • You will know how to calculate costs for the project and end-to-end budget of the project. 
    • Resources drive both the schedule and cost and the theory part of the PMP learnings can be applied in resource management areas of this course. 
    • You will know how to track and monitor the project with variances
  • Every lesson of this course ends with a practical and a set of quiz questions. This will help you not only assess your understanding, but also try out the various exercises. In my earlier course for PMP 35 Contact Hours Online the approach was to have exercises after theory. Here in MS Project 2016 Live Lessons course as well, you have the exact same approach.
  • This course also covers a number of advanced concepts. The ones I liked are:
    • Earned Value Management (EVM).
    • Calculation of Estimate to Complete (ETC), a metric available in EVM, but not in MS Project. This you can easily create. 
    • Critical Path Analysis (CPA) and its impacts etc.

I strongly recommend this course as a must go course after PMP. 

I would strongly say and believe that my PMP course was 100% complete after completing this course.

Mr. Satya Narayan Dash and his site Management Yogi, again live up-to my expectations. Indeed, it lives up-to the name. The support has been throughout and I also received constant help. Thank you.

Brief Profile: 
V Satya Viswanadha Raju, PMP: I work as an information technology professional with DXC Technology, Bangalore, India.

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