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An Introduction to the course and your host.
When to use
It's important to understand the different tools available to manage projects so we can make an informed choice.
Many people find themselves in project management roles as part of their job without necessarily being a dedicated project manager. The tool most professional PMOs use to manage multiple, complex projects is Project Professional/Desktop.
Project Professional is a complex product from Microsoft that helps project managers organize and manage the full life cycle of one or more projects.
However, more recently Microsoft has recognized that many 'accidental' project managers don't necessarily need the complexity or functionality of the full version of Project Professional. With this in mind, they've released a new online version of Project, Project for the Web.
Project for the Web lives in the cloud, is accessible, is collaborative, and is integrated with Microsoft 365 applications and the Power Platform. It contains the core functionality needed to manage simple projects.
In this course, we will be working through the basic project management tools offered by Microsoft: Planner for basic task management and Project for the Web. We will also be exploring how to create stunning, visual reports from our project data using Power BI.
Hints & tips
- Microsoft Planner is included in your Microsoft 365 subscription.
- Project for the Web and Power BI are subscription-based applications.
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