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Microsoft Project Training: The Backbone of Effective Project Management

Aug 18, 2007
If you're managing people or projects without Microsoft Project, you will likely be astounded at how a few days of project training will improve your efficiency and organization. After 2 days of MS project training, you'll have acquired a whole new set of tools for creating task lists, tracking projects, developing and analyzing schedules, and much more. At the advanced levels of project training, or 3 days of instruction, you'll be developing your own custom project templates, creating and running macros, building forms, and creating custom calculated fields.

Today more and more companies are using cost reporting, results measurement, and other various types of advanced reporting when analyzing the effectiveness of projects. Oftentimes, project managers and superiors alike are surprised at how much inefficiency there is in the project process. With tools like MS Project and the low cost of project training, there is no reason why any business can't fine tune their processes to drastically improve results.

Great project managers (PM) are difficult to come by. Project managers that are organized, consistently aware of the progress of their project, and deliver on time with accuracy, earn top dollar are in high demand in the job market. Through Microsoft Project training, both new and seasoned PM's learn how to manage any type of project with optimal efficiency from start to finish.

Projects that end in disaster usually stem from one of three root causes; poor project planning, ineffective communication between project members, and consistently falling behind on milestones. Microsoft Project training not only addresses how to apply the project software to increase effectiveness in these areas, but also project management concepts in an environment with other forward-thinking project managers.

Idea sharing tends to transcend the classroom and continue during breaks and after courses. It is this type of dialogue that makes Project training in the classroom environment so much more effective than self-paced book learning. In essence, projects are a collaborative effort and those best at project management tend to gain more from a group learning environment.

For managers, MS project training is a highly effective way of refreshing and motivating your team of project managers while they build new skills together. Project training can be done off site in a classroom setting or trainers can be brought in-house for the full 3 day top to bottom course.

Further, project training and certification is an extremely effective way to train up and coming project management hopefuls for promotion within the company. Oftentimes, throwing a "newbie" into a project and hoping for the best is a sure-fire way to destroy a project and a potentially capable associate's chance of advancement. MS project is designed to build skills from the essentials of project management through to the highly detailed functions.

MS project training is a critical element of effective project management and one of the most comprehensive applications in the Microsoft suite. Obviously, Microsoft is doing something right in terms of its own project management and project training offers a wealth of insight into how to successfully manage projects to fruition.
About the Author
Author is a trainer with a Microsoft Office Training company, the UK industry leader in its sector. For more information on Project Training, visit
http://www.MicrosoftTraining.net
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