Computer Tools for Project Management

How to use the right tools at the right time

A 2-day, 14 PDU (1.4 CEU) instructor-led program

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Using computer tools on your project can be either a real help or a huge hindrance. Such tools are only effective when you use them with discrimination. Intelligently used, computer tools can increase your ability to plan and manage more effectively. Computer Tools for Project Management is a two-day course that begins with your fundamental knowledge of project management and shows you what to do (and what to avoid doing) to make effective use of your computer tools.

This program shows you how to enhance your planning by using computer tools to: construct a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), create a Network Logic Diagram (PERT chart), and probabilistically predict your schedule. You will also learn how to: track your projects easily, coordinate resources, measure your progress accurately, and manage serious changes along the way.

Tools will include MS Project and other software such as Excel and Word. The program provides tips on how to create tailored reports, update the status of your projects in just a few minutes a week, and revise your plans quickly. At the end of this course, you will understand both the benefits and the limitations of computer tools.

During these sessions, you will use real projects that you and your peers are working on –effectively advancing your projects while learning. You will leave each program saying “I can apply this to my project immediately!”

This program was developed by a New Leaf executive who contributed to the original Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (The PMBOK® Guide) for the Project Management Institute (PMI®).

Upon completion, you will be able to:

  • Describe where and how to use MS Project appropriately
  • Enter a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) into MS Project
  • Build the project’s Network Logic Diagram
  • Assign resources to the work to be done
  • Use range estimates to establish feasible cost and schedule targets
  • Measure performance objectively
  • Apply estimating and simulation extensions to MS Project
  • Incorporate project changes resulting from risk, resource, and scope issues