Monday, 30 July 2012

Project 2010

Microsoft Project 2010 is a tool for managing projects. I teach this class at Charles Sturt University. The subject is MGI 513 

Enterprise Project Management. In this subject we look at the theory and practice in Project management.

Now, you may be wondering what a guy who specializes in Information Security and researches the economics of software and risk would teach project management. The answer is simple, most security incidents are projects. At least they should be if done correctly.

Operational issues such as patching are important, but an incident is a project. Any security consultant or manager worth their salt really needs to have project skills.

Video (Weeks 1-4) are about complete on this list (this is week 4 for my class).

The following are a list of videos on the web that will help you learn the hands on aspects of this course. More will follow. In my class we have weekly lectures, but we are also linking free resources on the web (as these offer additional study). These are what I have linked here.

I really do encourage anyone in information security to watch these and learn a little about project management. It may just make you more effective.

Week 1: A brief about Project Management Concepts

1.1 Understand Project Management Concepts

1.2 Understanding the requirements

1.3 Importance of Archiving Information

A Project Primer (

Week 2: Getting Started with Project

2.1 Managing Your Projects with MSP
2.2 Starting MSProject Professional
2.3 Exploring Views
2.4 Exploring Reports
2.5 Creating a New Project Plan
2.6 Setting Nonworking Days
2.7 Entering Project Properties

Critical Paths (

Week 3: Creating a Task List

3.1 Entering Tasks
3.2 Estimating Durations
3.3 Entering a Milestone
3.4 Organizing Tasks into Phases
3.5 Linking Tasks
3.6 Documenting Tasks
3.7 Checking the Plan’s Duration

Making a Master Schedule (

Week 4: Setting Up Resources (Part 1)

4.1 Setting Up People Resources
4.2 Setting Up Equipment Resources
4.3 Setting Up Material Resources
4.4 Setting Up Cost Resources
4.5 Entering Resource Pay Rates
4.6 Adjusting Working Time for Individual Resources
4.7 Documenting Resources

An Overview (Part 1)

Week 4: Assigning Resources to Tasks (Part 2)

5.1 Assigning Work Resources to Tasks
5.2 Assigning Additional Resources to a Task
5.3 Assigning Material Resources to Tasks
5.4 Assigning Cost Resources to Tasks

An Overview (Part 2)

Week 5: Formatting and Printing Your Plan (Part 1)

6.1 Creating a Custom Gantt Chart View
6.2 Drawing on a Gantt Chart
6.3 Formatting Text in a View
6.4 Formatting and Printing Reports

Costing in Project (

Week 5: Tracking Progress on Tasks (Part 2)

7.1 Saving a Project Baseline
7.2 Tracking a Project as Scheduled
7.3 Entering a Task’s Completion Percentage
7.4 Entering Actual Values for Tasks

An Overview (Part 3)

Week 6: Fine-Tuning Task Details (Part 1)

8.1 Adjusting Task Relationships
8.2 Setting Task Constraints
8.3 Viewing the Project’s Critical Path
8.4 Interrupting Work on a Task
8.5 Adjusting Working Time for Individual Tasks
8.6 Changing Task Types
8.7 Entering Deadline Dates
8.8 Entering Fixed Costs
8.9 Setting Up a Recurring Task

Week 6: Fine-Tuning Resource and Assignment Details (Part 2)

9.1 Entering Multiple Pay Rates for a Resource
9.2 Setting Up Pay Rates to Apply at Different Times
9.3 Setting Up Resource Availability to Apply at Different Times
9.4 Delaying the Start of Assignments
9.5 Applying Different Cost Rates to Assignments
9.6 Entering Material Resource Consumption Rates

Week 7: Fine-Tuning the Project Plan (Part 1)

10.1 Examining Resource Allocations over Time
10.2 Manually Resolving Resource Overallocations
10.3 Leveling Overallocated Resources
10.4 Examining Project Costs
10.5 Checking the Project’s Finish Date

Week 7: Organizing and Formatting Project Details (Part 2)

11.1 Sorting Project Details
11.2 Grouping Project Details
11.3 Filtering Project Details
11.4 Customizing Tables
11.5 Customizing Views

Week 8: Printing Project Information (Part 1)

12.1 Printing Your Project's Plan
12.2 Printing Views
12.3 Printing Reports

Week 8: Sharing Project Information with Other Programs (Part 2)

13.1 Copying and Pasting with Project
13.2 Opening Other File Formats in Project
13.3 Saving to Other File Formats from Project
13.4 Generating a Project Summary Report for Word, PowerPoint, or Visio
13.5 Generating Visual Reports with Excel and Visio

Week 9: Tracking Progress on Tasks and Assignments (Part 1)

14.1 Updating a Baseline
14.2 Tracking Actual and Remaining Values for Tasks and Assignments
14.3 Tracking Timephased Actual Work for Tasks and Assignments
14.4 Rescheduling Incomplete Work

Week 9: Viewing and Reporting Project Status (Part 2)

15.1 Identifying Tasks that Have Slipped
15.2 Examining Task Costs
15.3 Examining Resource Costs
15.4 Reporting Project Cost Variance with a Stoplight View

Week 10: Getting Your Project Back on Track (Part 1)

16.1 Troubleshooting Time and Schedule Problems
16.2 Troubleshooting Cost and Resource Problems
16.3 Troubleshooting Scope-of-Work Problems

Week 10: Applying Advanced Formatting (Part 2)

17.1 Formatting a Gantt Chart View
17.2 Formatting the Network Diagram View
17.3 Formatting the Calendar View

Week 11: Measuring Performance with Earned Value Analysis (Part 1)

18.1 Viewing Earned Value Schedule Indicators
18.2 Viewing Earned Value Cost Indicators
18.3 Generating an Earned Value Visual Report

Week 11: Customizing Project (Part 2)

19.1 Sharing Custom Views and Other Elements Between Project Plans
19.2 Recording Macros
19.3 Editing Macros
19.4 Customizing a Toolbar

Week 12: Consolidating Projects and Resources

20.1 Creating a Resource Pool
20.2 Viewing Assignment Details in a Resource Pool
20.3 Updating Assignments in a Sharer Plan
20.4 Updating a Resource’s Information in a Resource Pool
20.5 Updating All Plans’ Working Times in a Resource Pool
20.6 Linking New Project Plans to a Resource Pool
20.7 Opening a Sharer Plan and Updating a Resource Pool
20.8 Consolidating Project Plans
20.9 Creating Dependencies Between Projects

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