Microsoft Project 2010, Managing Projects
About this Exam
This exam covers features of Microsoft Project 2010 such as how to build, maintain, and control well-formed project plans as well as how to schedule, estimate, coordinate, control, budget, and staff projects and support other users of Project.
Candidates for this exam use Project Standard 2010 and Project Professional 2010 desktop features (excluding Project Server features) to manage a project schedule and communicate the project to individuals, teams, and the enterprise.
Candidates should have experience effectively scheduling, communicating, collaborating on, and delivering projects using Project Standard 2010 and Project Professional 2010. Candidates should know key project management concepts and terminology as related to scheduling.
Credit Toward Certification
When you pass Exam 70-178: Microsoft Project 2010, Managing Projects, you complete the requirements for the following certification(s):
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): Managing Projects with Microsoft Project 2010
This Training will Cover
This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below.The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam.
Initializing Project 2010
Create a new project.
This objective may include but is not limited to: creating a template from a completed project, creating a project from an existing template, an existing project, a Microsoft SharePoint task list, or a Microsoft Office Excel workbook
Create and maintain calendars.
This objective may include but is not limited to: setting working or non-working hours and days (exceptions and work weeks) for calendars, setting base calendar, resource calendar, hours per day, applying calendars at the project, task, and resource levels
Create custom fields.
This objective may include but is not limited to: creating basic formulas, graphical indicator criteria, lookup table, task and resource custom fields
Customize option settings.
This objective may include but is not limited to: default task types, manual vs. auto-scheduling, project options, calendar options (for example, working hours per day and hours per week), customized ribbon and quick access toolbar (for example, settings to share with others)
Creating a Task-Based Schedule
Set up project information.
This objective may include but is not limited to: defining project start date, applying calendars and current date, entering project properties, displaying the project summary task on a new project
Create and modify a project task structure.
This objective may include but is not limited to: creating and modifying summary tasks and subtasks, rearranging tasks, creating milestones, manually scheduled tasks, outlining
Build a logical schedule model.
This objective may include but is not limited to: date constraints, deadlines, setting or changing the task mode (manual or auto), dependencies (links)
Create a user-controlled schedule.
This objective may include but is not limited to: entering duration, estimated durations, user-controlled summary tasks
Manage multiple projects.
This objective may include but is not limited to: shared resource pool, links between projects, inserting sub-projects
Managing Resources and Assignments
Enter and edit resource information.
This objective may include but is not limited to: max units, resource types, cost rate table, cost per use, availability, resource group, generic
Apply task types and scheduling calculations.
This objective may include but is not limited to: effort-driven tasks, formula (work = duration x units), choosing a task type
This objective may include but is not limited to: assigning multiple resources, assigning resources to tasks, using units that represent part-time work
This objective may include but is not limited to: task usage, resource usage, task forms, editing assignments by setting the task type in preparation for assignment editing
Manage resource allocation.
This objective may include but is not limited to: viewing availability across multiple projects, changing assignment information, leveling, replacing resources (for example, resolve overallocation, replace generics with specifics)
Manage resource allocations by using Team Planner.
This objective may include but is not limited to: displaying current resource allocations and assignments, managing unassigned tasks, resolving resource conflicts, level resource overallocations, substituting resources (moving task assignments from one resource to another)
Model project costs.
This objective may include but is not limited to: resource-based costs (work, material, cost), cost per use, fixed costs, accrual method
Tracking and Analyzing a Project
Set and maintain baselines.
This objective may include but is not limited to: baselining an entire project, baselining selected tasks, multiple baselines, updating a baseline (for example, rolling up to summary tasks, resetting the baseline)
Update actual progress.
This objective may include but is not limited to: percentage completion, actual or remaining duration, actual work, remaining work, status date, current date, rescheduling uncompleted work, actual start and actual finish, actual work and usage views, cancelling an unneeded task (for example, inactivate a task, set active flag or zero out remaining work)
Compare progress against a baseline.
This objective may include but is not limited to: date variance, work variance, cost variance, showing variance of the current plan against baseline (tracking Gantt), task slippage, selecting a view to display variance
Resolve potential schedule problems by using the Task Inspector.
This objective may include but is not limited to: Task Inspector warnings and suggestions, identifying resource overallocations
Display Critical Path information.
This objective may include but is not limited to: single or master projects, viewing total slack, displaying progress against baseline or deadlines
Communicating Project Information
This objective may include but is not limited to: applying views, grouping, filtering and highlighting, auto-filter, sorting, tables
This objective may include but is not limited to: customizing views, grouping, filtering and highlighting, sorting, tables, sharing a view (Organizer)
This objective may include but is not limited to: gridlines, bar styles, Gantt chart styles, text styles, timeline, cell formatting
Share data with external sources.
This objective may include but is not limited to: visual reports, enhanced copy and paste, copy picture, sync to SharePoint (for example, upload schedule, sync with SharePoint list, e-mail timeline), attaching documents or linking hyperlinks to supporting information, exporting data to Excel
Print schedules and reports.
This objective may include but is not limited to: reporting progress status, saving to PDF or XPS, printing Gantt information, schedule, or timeline, printing based on date range
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