At PMiA events we have talked a lot about tools to assist us in managing projects. Microsoft Project in one of those tools that ticks a lot of boxes needed to manage projects small or large:
Managing schedules – Tick
Managing resources – Tick
Managing budgets – Tick
Assigning people and resources to tasks – Tick
Project reporting; actual to budget – Tick
Mark Mannering from Class Training will start the event by giving an overview of how MS Project is designed and used by project managers world-wide. Mark will show us the basics of Gantt Charts for task scheduling, Resource assignment and usage management, budgeting your projects, and the range of reporting options.
Sam Caldwell from Albury Precision Engineering will then show you how APE is using MS Project to manage every product they design and build for their customers. She will also explain how they use the information/data from each of those “projects” to improve their future work and keep improving their business.
Mark Mannering - Class Training Having previously been a high school secondary Science teacher, Mark established CLASS Training in 1994, providing short courses in major desktop applications, Excel, Word, MYOB, Xero, etc. In 1995 he developed a specific training course for the then South West Centre for Public Health on project management, using Microsoft Project as their major management tool. Since then, he has conducted numerous courses and workshops for engineering, construction, water management and other similar organisations in Microsoft Project. As well as the important shortcuts and quicker ways to do things in Project, Mark focuses on best-practice and the best ways/suggestions to manage and report on people’s projects.
Samantha Caldwell - Albury Precision Engineering Production Manager, Albury Precision Engineering Pty Ltd. Sam manages the production side of APE and uses her project management skills to schedule work and manage human, machinery and materials resources for the business.