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Finally, A Way to Manage Projects that Works

If you’ve ever managed a project with multiple people, full of multiple tasks, all due at multiple deadlines, you’ve probably experienced multiple headaches. Managing complicated projects isn’t simple – it’s something only certain people seem to able to achieve with grace. But managing projects doesn’t have to be complicated with the right software and an MS Project course or two.

After several MS Project courses, you may become one of those grace-under-pressure types in the office who seem to be able to achieve more results in less time than everyone else does. The good news is that it doesn’t take a complete change in personality or thought process to manage projects efficiently. An MS Project course shows you how to use smart software designed to tie up all of the loose ends that send most projects into a tailspin. In this article, we’ll discuss two of the basics you’ll learn in an MS Project course that make this software the favourite of so many project managers.

Ease of Establishing Dependencies
One of the first things you’ll learn in an MS Project course is how to establish dependencies. For projects that pass through numerous hands or processes, bottlenecks are sure to surface if you don’t identify and plan for dependencies first. Perhaps you’re lucky enough to have a highly organized mind or have developed and intricate method of using different coloured Post It notes to help you work through dependency issues.

However, while this system may work for you, the problem is that the team members responsible for accomplishing the tasks may not be able to effectively utilize your organizational methods and therefore, not understand how their piece ties in to the entire project. An investment in an MS Project course means that team members are always aware of the current state of a project and its dependencies at any given moment.

Gantt Charts

Gantt charts are visual representations of the progress of your entire project. You’ll instantly be able to see which tasks are on target and which are falling behind. Without the ability to visually see a bottleneck, it can take days or weeks before you learn of constrictions in the project process.

Perhaps the most important aspect of MS Project that makes it such a valuable project management tool is the ease in which it can be changed when things do fall out of step – and they will fall out of step. Once you realize a potential problem by viewing your Gantt charts, you can quickly readjust your project plan using simple steps that you’ll learn in an MS Project course.

Most likely, the reason your projects aren’t coming together the way you envision is because of the tools you’re using-or not using, not because of your team. If you’re losing sleep over projects, spending too much on headache medicine or micro-managing your team to the point of irritation, it may be time for an MS Project course to get the whole team off to a fresh start.

Author is a trainer with a Microsoft Office Training company, the UK industry leader in its sector.

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