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Microsoft Project (MSP). Author: Jovan Varga. What is Microsoft Project?. Microsoft Project (or MSP) is a project management software program It is designed to assist project managers in: developing plans assigning resources to tasks tracking progress managing budgets

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Microsoft Project (MSP)

Author: Jovan Varga


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What is Microsoft Project?

  • Microsoft Project (or MSP) is a project management software program

  • It is designed to assist project managers in:

    • developing plans

    • assigning resources to tasks

    • tracking progress

    • managing budgets

    • analyzing workloads

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Short History of MSP

  • The first version of Microsoft Project was released for DOS in 1984 by a company working for Microsoft

  • Microsoft bought all rights to the software in 1985

  • During 1980’s couple of versions for DOS were released

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Short History of MSP

  • The first Windows version in 1990

  • During 1990’s there were also versions for Mac

  • The latest version for Windows is Microsoft Office Project 2007

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Feature Description

  • Project creates budgets based on assignment work and resource rates

  • Resources – people, equipment and materials

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Feature Description

  • Resources can be shared between projects using a shared resource pool

  • Each resource can have its own calendar

  • Limitation - MS Project presumes additional physical raw materials are always available without limit

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MSP Offers

  • Robust management tools with the right blend of:

    • Usability

    • Power

    • Flexibility

  • That’s why you can manage projects more efficiently and effectively.

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MSP Offers

  • MSP enables you to stay informed and control:

    • Project work

    • Schedules

    • Finances

  • And to keep project teams aligned

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The Project Map

  • The Project Map can help you accomplish your project goals by using the accepted standards and practices of project management methodology

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The Project Map

  • The Project Map outlines the three phases of the project life cycle:

    • Build a plan

    • Track and manage a project

    • Close a project

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Build a Plan Activities

  • Define a project

  • Plan project activities

  • Plan for a procure resources

  • Plan project costs

  • Plan for quality and risks

  • Plan communication and security

  • Optimize a project plan

  • Print and distribute project information

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Track and Manage a Project Activities

  • Track progress

  • Manage a schedule

  • Manage resources

  • Manage costs

  • Manage risks

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Close a Project Activity

  • Review final project information

    Each one of project phase’s activities has it’s own goals

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Enhancements

  • Microsoft Project’s capabilities were extended with the introduction of:

    • Microsoft Office Project Server

    • Microsoft Project Web Access

  • Also, newer versions provide for cross-functionality with products like:

    • PowerPoint

    • Visio

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