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With Microsoft Project, you can build and track project schedules.
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About Microsoft Project
Microsoft Project is a family of products, which include:
- Microsoft Project Professional
- Microsoft Project Standard
- Microsoft Project Pro
- Microsoft Project Server
You can use this course for Project Professional, Project Standard, and Project Pro. Project Server is a product that allows you to store your entire portfolio of projects in a database.
If you are a project manager using Project Server, then you will have to use Project Professional or Project Pro to create project plans, so this course can still be valuable to you.
Microsoft Project is a desktop tool you install on your computer. With Microsoft Project, you can build and track project schedules. As you can imagine, there are basic features for the beginner and more advanced features for large and complex projects. Microsoft Project offers four core features as shown in the figure.
- Create tasks that represent the steps to complete the project.
- Assign resources such as the people, materials, or equipment needed to deliver the project.
- Track project performance by comparing the project’s current state of completion to the original baseline plan.
- Create reports to visualize the project’s progress and share them with your project team, stakeholders, and sponsors.
If you want to learn Microsoft Project, I recommend you take the following steps:
- Take this course to learn the fundamentals of using Microsoft Project.
- Select a project you are -- or will be -- working on and build a project from scratch with what you learn from this course.
- Avoid using advanced features so the tool does not overwhelm you.
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